Ritualized Violence (short)

All martial arts is ritualized violence.

I don't care whether you are invoking a deity, doing friendly push-hands in the park, or training solo for the UFC.

All competitions, matches, duels, and stagings are ritualized violence. All martial arts forms and improvisations are ritualized violence too.

Even standing still in a martial stance for an hour is ritualized violence.

We are the ones who make these rituals, and we are the ones giving these rituals meaning. They function in some way to make us who and what we are.