I teach the Martial Arts not as a hobby, but as a way of life. A healthy strong body produces a healthy strong mind, and a healthy mind keeps the body healthy: The Chinese Character, “Fa”, meaning the Harmony, is our life: Yin and Yang, Body and Mind, Health/Happy. For example, if one wants to be a Great Chef, one must learn how to sharpen your own knife: in this way, the food looks pretty and appealing. If the knife is not sharp, the appearance of the food is sloppy; not attractive.
This is why we train hard: to polish our body and mind. If we do not sweat, our body is clogged with a lot of toxins; the toxins make you ill, causes disharmony, disease, dissatisfaction, and unhappiness. Illness comes from lack of exercise: Any kind of exercise is good for our health, but only Martial Arts has Mental concentration, focus in each movement, kihap (shouting/collection of energy, “Ki” or “Chi”) breathing exercise, moving out the stress and clearing the mind.
Everything is secondary to our basic good health. In Asia we say, “If you lose some wealth, you lose some, if you lose your fame, you lose a lot, but if you lose your health, you lose everything.”