In 1993, mixed martial arts was first televised in the United States as a pay-per-view program, the New York Times reports. Since that time, the sport has grown in popularity, due to championship competitions and reality television show coverage. While the sport does contain elements of martial arts, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim says, and it could help people to become interested in physical activity, there are some aspects of the sport that are troubling to those who have extensive training.
Mixed martial arts focuses on physical altercations, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim says, combining aspects of boxing with traditional martial arts movements. The fights move quite quickly, with opponents trading hits from both arms and legs in a rapid-fire motion. It seems to be a sport made for Americans, who have traditionally enjoyed watching programs that move quickly and don’t tend to contain a significant amount of dead space, but mixed martial arts also seems to be catching on in Asia. MMA Junkie reports, for example, that the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts competition, signed a media deal with Indonesia’s MNC Media. It’s interesting to see this form of martial arts return to its native roots in this way, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim.
Experts like Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim would like to see mixed martial arts focus a bit more on the mental aspects of the martial arts. In her classes, Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim focuses on the mental discipline required in order to succeed in these activities, and she tries to help her students learn how to tap into their inner power so they can respond to most challenges with peace and tranquility, not with violence. Watching mixed martial arts, in which people attempt to pummel one another into submission, seems to run counter to Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim’s classes that are full of peace, power, tranquility and positivity.
While Grandmaster Dr. Tae Yun Kim understands the appeal of mixed martial arts, as the sport is certainly exciting, it’s unlikely she’ll shift her focus from mental power to physical power in the near future. For her, empowerment on an emotional level is the true goal of the martial arts, and she doesn’t see that aspect highlighted in mixed martial arts at this time.