Even in the very early days of the martial arts religion has played a big part in the combat arts in various ways. This of course is not that surprising when you take into account that many who practise, and also taught, the fighting arts would also insert their own religious beliefs and values into what they did.
Depending on the region or country that you were born in it would be very common to find one religion, or another, being added in various ways to the local martial art clubs in those regions.
Although more a form of advertising with the specific aim of recruiting new members to a local martial art club than anything to do with religion as such it is not that surprising however to find that both the martial arts and religion share the same methods of recruitment, (or can be at times), that is based on the fear factor.
In an effort to attract new customers to their own particular form of martial art classes it is not that uncommon these days, (not all I hasten to add of course), to highlight the risk of being attacked in the most violent of ways and that you will need to be expertly skilled in being able to defend yourself when that time comes. This form of advertising, be it direct or indirectly done, will instil fear of attack in some people’s minds and will make them think that such skills in self defence is a much needed thing as a result.
Religion also uses the fear factor when it comes to recruiting new followers to their own specific religion in much the same way by promoting the idea that not only will it give you enhanced faith or it will make you a better person in various ways but also if you do not join, for the want of a better term, their religious lifestyle you will burn in hell for all of eternity if you do not worship their chosen God everyday.
Fear is for sure a very effective advertising tool when it comes to suggesting that life will be bad, dangerous or even total hell, in some cases, and this will as a result instil a ‘need’ in people’s minds. Be it a need not to be sent to hell, or being able to defend yourself from being killed in the street, these advertising methods are used by both the martial arts and religion all the time.
The reason for doing such things is of course for somewhat different purposes when it comes to the main aim of the martial arts and religion but the use of the fear factor still remains the same for both in the end.
Follow me or die, (or even worse than that you could end up going to hell for all of eternity), if you do not follow that local martial art club’s way of doing things or if you do not follow that local church down the road does tend to make some people somewhat fearful in various ways.
But always remember that if they say, or suggest, the need to follow them or die then always remember that using such advertising methods is aimed at creating a need, rightly or wrongly, and not always for your benefit when it comes to their own financial gains or aims.