ONE World Champions To Aspiring Martial Artists: ‘Have Self-Control, Discipline’

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 08, 2019 04:40 PM
ONE World Champions have a message for aspiring athletes
"First of all, martial artists are supposed to be taught not just how to fight, but values must be instilled. They must develop character more than the skills and fighting itself. The essence of martial arts must be the first thing that must be taught," - Eduard Folayang

 

Some of the best martial artists in ONE Championship stood together in the continuous campaign against bullying, all while encouraging budding practitioners to uphold the true values of their respective disciplines.

Bullying has yet again become a hot topic in the Philippines when a viral video on social media, involving a martial arts practitioner, made the headlines a few weeks ago.

In the video, the junior high school taekwondo athlete was seen humiliating and physically abusing his schoolmate in a lavatory of an established university in the Philippines.  

The incident left a sour taste in many people's mouths, with some thinking that martial arts has become a tool for people to exploit others.

That thought, however, is something many ONE World Champions wish to take away.

"Bullying is not in the vocabulary of a real martial arts practitioner. Martial artists have self-control, discipline, respect, and humility. Being abusive is not [in] a martial artist's attitude," explained ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio.

"This world needs superheroes, not villains. We are totally against bullying. One wrongful martial artist doesn't define the whole community of martial arts. That is not the case at all."

ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang believes coaches should instill the core values of the discipline to the aspiring practitioner from the very start.

"First of all, martial artists are supposed to be taught not just how to fight, but values must be instilled. They must develop character more than the skills and fighting itself. The essence of martial arts must be the first thing that must be taught," he stressed.

"Martial artists are supposed to protect the weak, not bully them. Martial arts is not supposed to be a weapon for a bully.

"For trained martial artists, when a bully is around, you simply restrain. Refuse to engage into a fight until you have no choice but to fight back. Show them kindness — that's the best way to handle bullying, I think."

While not everyone will have access to martial arts training, ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera suggests taking a different approach.

Admitting that he was bullied in the past, the beloved Filipino-American unveiled a video on social media. In the clip, he encouraged bullying victims to speak up, and others to further educate people about the ill effects of bullying.

“I was bullied when I was growing up, even though I was the bigger kid," he said on the video.

"Bullying is a very serious problem, both for the bullies and the bullied. They both need our help. Together, we can all make a difference."

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