The Long-Lasting Cultural Impact of Martial Arts

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When it comes to martial arts, it’s easy to see the cultural impact they’ve had on American culture. The impact of martial arts can be seen most clearly on the silver screen. From classic movies starring Bruce Lee to more modern contenders, martial arts have always enraptured American audiences with their fast-paced stories and brilliantly choreographed action. Martial arts reached a peak in popularity in 1984 when the seminal film “Karate Kid” was released. Viewers related to Daniel, a shy boy who recently relocated to a completely new city. Daniel-san was able to face the bullies from Cobra Kai thanks to Mr. Miyagi’s wisdom and training. Although this film may be as “8os” as movies can get, it still captured the imaginations of millions. Although that film came out over 30 years ago, its story still resonates to this day.

How Real Karate Differs from What’s Seen on the Silver Screen

It’s easy to see why karate (and other martial arts) have remained incredibly popular in the United States to this day. After all, a handful of very well received martial arts films seem to be released every year. But how sure can audiences be of the authenticity of what’s shown on the screen? The fast-paced action and lightning-fast reactions seem almost non-human. It’s understandable to see why viewers of these movies (especially children) may feel inspired to become part of a dojo or karate academy. In movies such as Karate Kid, Daniel faces his bullies and defeats them (albeit with a move that would get anyone disqualified from any karate competition, but we digress.) Seeing a relatable character like Daniel on screen succeed against those who bully him can inspire kids to take up karate. This is where the film version differs from the real-life version of this martial art.

Karate is a Way of Life, Not a Way of Aggression

Now, if your child asks to get signed up for karate, make sure to explain to her what she can expect from training. As a martial art, karate is built upon tenants of self-preservation and confidence. The belt system also allows students to work towards real, tangible goals. Your child may not be leaping through the air, kicking foes and defeating villains left and right but she will learn how to defend herself and stand up for herself and her friends in the face of adversity. Give America’s Best Karate a call today to learn more about the benefits of martial arts!