The spirituality of martial arts

694707_kungfu_1.jpgDean from My Jarrol Spot has raised an interesting issue today. he’s wondering about the relationship between christianity and martial arts.

Just wondering about initial views and opinions at the moment.

Something I’ve been reading about lately and pondering where it all fits in Biblically.

More to come…

It’s an interesting topic and I hope you’ll leave a few comments for Dean with your thoughts.

Is there a spirituality connected to martial arts that is incompatible with christian beliefs? Can christians be involved with martial arts? Is there a way of gaining the benefits that martial arts provide without adopting the spirituality?

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and Vice President elect of the Baptist World Alliance. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

A couple of weeks ago we tackled this issue and Ross had some interesting things to say about the matter. If you’d like to hear his point of view simply click the play button on the audio player at the bottom of this post.


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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • Interesting topic Rodney. Several years ago I explored karate with my son for fitness and some father-son bonding time in a secularised karate club. We both really enjoyed it, but I have to say that, as a Christian, over the two weeks of our trial membership I felt very, very (very!) strongly that God was saying ‘no’. I’m a pastor, so I don’t know if it was just that being in leadership sometimes constrains us from doing things that are otherwise OK (I later found out some of my parishioners struggled with the pastor doing that), or whether it was the spiritual foundations of martial arts, or something else.

    Like Ross, I don’t tell people they shouldn’t do it, but I am very cautious and his questions are very helpful.

  • I am an ex-martial artist and have produced a document that I hope to one day be able to give out; it took me approx. 17 years to produce.

    If you wish to view a copy please let me know


    Ps. John Morine
    The LifeHouse Centre

  • Interesting. There are certainly some benefits of karate but spirituality through christianity? Interesting thought I would say

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