Why Write About Martial Arts?

WuAfter dedicating most of my day to work and family obligations, I am lucky to find a spare hour or two for my martial arts hobby. Many of you have a similar problem, no doubt.

Wen We could practice an hour per day for our entire lives, without exhausting the breadth and depth of martial arts. Considering the scope and challenge of the task, can we really afford to spend our precious time blogging about practice, at the expense of time spent in practice?

Yes, the benefits of writing about martial arts justify some investment of time and effort. Here are a few of these potential benefits…

Educational Benefits

  • Writing about a specific aspect of practice prompts reflection and analysis that will clarify your understanding.
  • After publishing your theories and experiences for public review, you can solicit feedback and advice from all over the world—not just from the usual cast of characters at your training hall.
  • The writing process illuminates previously unrecognized gaps in your knowledge and experience. Only after identifying these gaps, can you fill them in.

Social Benefits

  • Your blog is a tool for meeting new friends with similar interests.
  • Sharing your passion can inspire others to seek and enjoy the benefits of practice.

Financial Benefits

  • Blogs support passive income streams, including contextual advertising, sponsorships, affiliate programs and more. If your blog is popular, compelling, and relevant, you can even earn money while you sleep.
  • Writing is a great way to turn a martial art hobby into a flexible part-time job, without all the risks and responsibilities of operating a school. And when your hobby becomes a job, your training expenses become tax deductions.

So, how much time do you spend writing about martial arts? Perhaps not enough!


  1. Thanks, Rick. I can only remember a few words of 日本語 from my college days.

    I figure that a few readers will understand the characters, and the rest will see them as nice decorations.

  2. Writing also forms a key part of practice, which is mental.

    It will not make up for a lack of physical practice, but will combine with such practice exceedingly well.

    There is a strong tradition of a scholarly approach to the martial sciences.

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