Martial arts since the 1970s has become a significant industry, a subset of the wider sport industry (including cinema and sports television).
Hundreds of millions of people worldwide practice some form of martial art. Web Japan (sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs) claims there are 50 million karate practitioners worldwide. The South Korean government in 2009 published an estimate that taekwondo is practiced by 70 million people in 190 countries.
The wholesale value of martial arts related sporting equipment shipped in the United States was estimated at US$314 million in 2007; participation in the same year was estimated at 6.9 million (ages 6 or older, 2% of US population). R. A. Court, CEO of Martial Arts Channel, stated the total revenue of the US martial arts industry at US$40 billion and the number of US practitioners at 30 million in 2003.
Martial Arts Combat and Competition vs. Empatharian Peace Arts Core-Us and Showcases
According to Wikipedia “Martial arts are codified systems and traditions of combat practiced for a number of reasons such as self-defense; military and law enforcement applications; competition; physical, mental, and spiritual development; entertainment; and the preservation of a nation’s intangible cultural heritage.
Martial Arts include more combat oriented forms of Karate, Judo, Taekwondo, Kick-boxing, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, among others, where they are taught as defense or offense. Also many combat martial arts use equipment, as in fencing, stick-fighting, and swords.
Some martial arts are less combat oriented, with health and spiritual orientation being more primary, like Aikido, Tai-Chi-Chuan, and possibly Capoiera, where practice is done individually without a partner.
Empatharian Peace Arts is a codified system and language for strengthening intuition, empathy, and peaceful presence, using a gestural movement vocabulary. The practice is done for leadership training, mental, physical and spiritual development, and the development of a culture of peace with Showcases and a World Community Online.
Equipment and Uniforms
Generally Martial Arts requires mats and specialized uniforms for practicing. Empatharian does not require any of that, and can be done anywhere, indoors or out, only requiring a
6-8 foot diameter space per person to practice the movements comfortably.
Empatharian uses notebooks and art materials, computers for networking, and internet or in-person groups. Actually one can practice alone, with or without music. Music is used to help Empatharians hold a position or gesture, and release into the position for longer periods.
• Bruce Lee, a famed martial artist, claims that martial arts have the nature of an art, since there is emotional communication and complete emotional expression. In Empatharian, this is doubly true, as the intent is emotional communication and emotional expression.
• Many martial arts use meditation in their trainings, aiming for focus and spiritual sensing in the practice. Empatharian is a movement meditation, used to develop presence and inner peace, physical strength and mental clarity, with the expression of feelings and spirituality being nurtured through the use of specific poetry and music.
• Martial Arts are exclusive, generally competitive and hierachical. Empatharian Peace Arts are inclusive, not competitive, and structured to serve.
There are some factors that Martial Arts and Peace Arts have in common, and many more differences. Empatharian delineates a different path that transforms our culture, in a time when combat is no longer beneficial in the long term, and the pursuit of peace is more profitable for everyone.