Re: Measuring if/how martial arts helps one become a better person
I think we'd have to spend some time defining happiness.
I think it helps make me a better person in a number of ways. one, it alleviates stress for me. I feel that my training over the years has been a great outlet for me to deal with my PTSD issues.
It increased my legitimacy as an instructor in the Army. My practice has introduced me to some amazing people.
I recently went to Senegal and met some awesome and motivated folks there that want to learn ne waza/BJJ. I think making new friends has been a big part of my happiness.
It keeps me in shape for the most part when I am not doing stupid stuff and getting hurt like I do all the time these days.
Budo is such a part of my life and it has been life changing for me in ways I could never have imagined.
When I roll with someone and I am in the zone and I am just doing it without regard to past or future...I think that is a pretty good example of happiness.
So, overall yes.
Now if you want to talk about individual practices, techniques, chanting, feeling the heart, punching, kicking etc...well not in the individual acts.