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Benefits of Martial Arts

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Martial arts have always been a form of bodily expression. From Karate, to Taekwondo, from Kickboxing, to Judo; theses different forms of combat styles are not only a way of self defense, but if done right and many hours of practice, they can benefit the creative mind.

What are the general benefits of Martial Arts?

In tenaciousmuse’s blog post, “The Benefits of Studying the Martial Arts”, it states that the benefits of learning the martial arts can be beneficial in a couple ways: Discipline, Physical fitness, Self Confidence. And Self defense. While Martial arts have the obvious physical benefits such as fitness and gaining the ability of self defense, it is also affects positively on the mind with teaching Discipline and Self confidence along with the physical training. While its good to get the physical exercise, it takes discipline to keep up with a such regimens. Its also known that when you feel fit and burning energy efficiently, you yourself start to feel good. This in extension brings up one’s self confidence as well. But, this does not mean each and every combat style is equal in terms of psychological benefits. According to Psychosocial Benefits of the Martial Arts: Myth or Reality? By Brad Binder, Ph.D., depending on the teaching methods, a student of the martial arts can either gain positive benefits such as a decrease in aggressiveness and anxiety and an increase in self-esteem, or the total opposite they just end up becoming more aggressive and only gaining self-esteem without the self control. If the values of the art aren’t taught correctly, it can be used irresponsibly and lead to more harm than good.

Now, how is this beneficial to the creative mind?

This goes back to the mental benefits of learning martial arts. Self discipline can help someone who likes to create keep up with their work and self confidence helps them want to expand on their works. Also,  If taught right, it can be considered therapeutic for the one learning the art.  Artist are always not only striving for inspiration, but also the means to keep up their own motivation and avoid the dreaded “Artist block”. Of course, any type of physical activity can have similar effects as learning martial arts, but with it being a combination of both physical and mental training is an ideal way to keep the mind active and fresh.

The Art of Science

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More often then not, combining science and art may not be the first thing that people would think would go together. However, this doesn’t have to always be the case. Not only can both subjects can compliment each other, but also can help anyone understand both art and science.

Now, most people already in tuned to understanding science can usually understand just by theory alone. Unfortunately, there’s also the issue where the scientific scoff at the idea of art complimenting science. According to Why scientists should care about art by Johanna Kieniewicz, it even extends to the notion that science research that has anything to do with the arts should not be funded. Now this doesn’t mean that the same people may not appreciate the arts, but they still don’t understand why the two should coincided.

How can Art benefit science?

One benefit is that art can give scientist a cultural understanding of their research. When a scientist have an understanding of the importance of their research, they have more reason to not only continue their research, but also ask the questions on why it is important. For instance, how would their research come into fruition or how it would benefit humanity of the world in general. By extension, by asking more questions that can pertain outside the box, they also can become better communicator. They are able to articulate their ideas to people outside of just the scientific jargon.

Another benefit can pertain to those that are far from the scientific type. When scientist can portray their knowledge visually,  it makes it easier to not only artists to have a better understanding, but also those who just have an easier time learning visually in general. Some good examples can be seen at The Art of Science at Blogspot.

Would this be enough to convince anyone?

Well, probably not everyone. The idea that art and science can work together isn’t always the easiest things for those of different mindsets to completely accept or understand. But  none the less, understand either one also means there is plenty of room to understand and incorporate the other.

ART IN EVERYDAY LIFE

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Have you ever wondered how art has ever applied to the everyday?

Theres’ the common misconception that art is only for the few that can consciously create beautiful things, that they have above then average creative process to think above the normal person. This is untrue as anyone can be applying art to their everyday lives with out even knowing it. Its all about one’s views on aesthetics and ethics.

Art doesn’t only have to be conscious forms of creation. In fact, everything we chose to do and every choice we make to shape our lives is in its own way, a form of art. Instead of being an obvious art form, it can be considered one’s personal aesthetics and ethics. In Aesthetics  and Ethics in Everyday Life by Martin Bartel, he explains that although not everyone has to be the creators, but they still “selects shelter, food, clothing, transportation, and so on”. Even the “consumer” can be artistic with just the innate need for aesthetic fulfillment. According to Bartel, aesthetic needs are centered around our own basic needs.  We can be could even be designing and constructing by habit and not thinking of “the meaning, symbolism, and effects on society”.  Even in Owen Stratches’s post, The Aesthetics of Work, he explains that the creation of your physical environment does matter, from the “cleanness of your desk, the pictures you hang on your wall, the natural lighting you favor over fluorescent lights, the chair in which you sit-“. So even how we set our work assignment can be considered how we shape our life aesthetically.

Of course its not reasonable to always announce such things like planning on how you sleep is a form of art. Since its because they’re everyday habitual tasks that it would be silly to boast about it. But, it is true that one’s life can be a work of art.  Think and  don’t be afraid to  make choices that you believe is your form of expression. Determine the lines between what you see as acceptable and whats not.

The Internet, Copyright and Art Theft

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With how vast the world wide web is, information can be spread quickly and easily to anyone in the world. Because of this commodity, many artist have taken advantage of this information processing to help advocate their works and make a name for themselves. The only problem with all this free information being so easily accessible and the internet being so big is that its just as easy for anyone to steal information. One’s own art is no exception.

Art theft is very much a reality as anything posted online is vulnerable for anyone to grab and be edited or made into merchandise without the original creator’s permission. This is a huge problem since someone else is taking credit for someone else’s work and is being sold for profit. None going to the original creators.

What can be done to prevent your work from being stolen?

The simplest and most common way to prevent art theft is to copy right your works. Although the task may seem daunting, its a lot easier then one might think. As stated in Protect Your work: Copyright Infringement, as soon an art work is created, it is automatically copyrighted under the creator. Even if they aren’t selling the work for profit, it is their property and thus made illegal for anyone else to claim it.

Another anti-theft method is to add water marks on their works. By putting your label on your work in a way a thief can’t edit out, it prevents the thief from being able to get away with stealing their work. This method alone maybe effective for some, but  the draw back of water marks is that it can damper the visual impact of your work. As said in another ArtBistro article, This is especially relevant to those who have to present their work to not just viewers, but also potential clients. First impressions are important and if that fails, you deter people away from your work.

If watermarking isn’t doing the trick then another way is to try build up your presence online. Sounds self explanatory I know.  Although gaining popularity does mean that its more likely for you to be targeted by art thieves, being well know also means you will have loyal fans who will report to you about your work being used inappropriately. When you track down and try to stop the thief, your fans will also have your back.

Even with all these precautions, Art theft will always exist if there are still those that create new ideas. What we can do is be vigilant and keep an eye out for any potential thief looking to make a quick buck on your or anyone else’s ideas.

Politics and what it holds for the future of Art Education

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Written in this post by Huffingtonpost by Lucas Kavner, politics and art do go hand in hand. In this case, who is in charge can affect if the Arts will be taught to students in schools all over the United States. On one hand, Romney advocates for a budget plan that would, “eliminate funding for the NEA, PBS, and NPR”, which effectively, will demote funding for Art programs in general. On the other hand, Obama seeks to increase funding for the Arts by more then 5%, thus not only benefiting the maintenance of facilities for the Arts such as Museums  but as well as continuing Art education in schools.

Now, why should we be concerned about how this will Art education?

At least to me, if budgets are cut, then that means there will be less funding to teach students the Arts. Now most would see cutting Art funding will be beneficial to education in favor of other programs, but in reality, that won’t be the case for student in the future.

In Cuts to Arts Education Would Shortchange Our Children by Robin Bronk, CEO of The Creative Coalition, she states that the cuts to Art Education would not only undermine students education in the Arts, but student will also be “devoid of the arts curriculum that has long been a core part of a well-rounded, complete public education”. According to her, art education is a given right for students in order to have  a full and rounded education that the school systems should offer.

In a previous post, I mentioned an EDUCATIONnext article that goes into more depth about why we should advocate the arts in the classroom. In more ways then one, Art is a effective way to teach student to not only express one’s self, but also to help students learn to communicate above just conventional means. It also advocates to them how to function in the world they live in while also helping them bridge their differences in race, culture, and life styles. If Art funding is taken away, then these teaching methods are taking away, thus could harm students as there is nothing to help teach them how to express themselves in the future above just learning math and science.

What will happen to the education of the Arts after the presidential elections? We won’t know for sure till who is voted in to office, but hopefully whether or not who is going to continue to lead our country,  Art Education may still benefit in some way in this ever changing system.

Expressions of the Self

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Since art in any form is the expression of the self, it is generally viewed as something some what intangible to most, especially to those who aren’t the artists themselves. “Outsiders” which most categorize usually  the everyday person who just isn’t art savvy are usually victims of this.  Because of the “self” view most have on art, it make it tough for people to relate to the art forms unless it directly correlates with their interest. Even then, Art is still usually seen as a luxury that only those who can own or create art can appreciate. That the only kind of art worth noting are the ones displayed in museums. Of course there’s nothing wrong with those are they still very much are master works that deserve to be displayed, what I hope to advocate is to prove that art isn’t just a luxury for the lucky few, but a communal privilege for anyone to understand and hopefully also enjoy. That even the simplest expressions of self can be considered art.