This is my way of putting it, though I hope that it doesn't sound too much like Confucious.
Originally Posted by The Don
ok what is the best way to explain to someone the teaching of martial arts, to show how it is not all about just beating someones head in and such that there is alot more substance to most martial art systems then simple martial perfection for instance like with Bushido and the Samurai and what not.
"Listen, it isn't all about the striking and the breaking stuff and the discipline. It's about learning how to breath and learning how to be in control of situations. It's about keeping yourself calm and collected so that you can competantly defend yourself when you need to.
It teaches you how to focus when you shouldn't be able to and how to relax when you might not want to."