For more info about me read my introduction post and you'll probably understand why I am asking this
I have a question that might make a good discussion... For many years I have kickboxed / fought in Muaythai competitions.
What do you guys think of fighting / martial arts competition in terms of religion?
Obviously the aim of these sports in many uneducated peoples eyes is to 'hurt your opponent'. However to Kickboxers / Martial Artists the aims of these competitions are to win by proving better skills and ability. Actually in amateur boxing for example there is apparently around a 1 in 60 KO ratio nour days.
I think it depends how you approach the sport... obviously in a sport where you enter a ring and are allowed to knee and elbow each other in the face it is easy to let hate and violence take over your mind set. I think this is 'evil', if you get in the ring to hurt someone seriously... but I think if you see it as a competition and your opponent sees it the same way it's acceptable.
I guess valid points are:
You could end up damaging yourself.
You could end up hurting or even killing another human being.
You are opening your mind to negative foughts and emotions.
I can honestly say that when I fight that is never on my mind, I fight in a ring as a display of skill and for my own enjoyment... people have called me 'smiler' before because I'm always so happy and friendly both inside and outside of the ring (which is very rare for fighters I guess).
In some countries (Thailand for example) it is seen as a Religious/National sport (kickboxing) and before each fight they pay their respects to God, family and place of birth...
Anyway, I thought I would ask peoples opinions... seeing as I am new here