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“Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

We now move to the third “stance” in Christian Martial Arts – “be brave” (ἀνδρίζεσθε). The word “brave” (andrizesthe) means “to make a man.” It’s the present imperative middle in the Greek and means God expects Christians to conduct themselves in a manly or courageous way. Aristotle used the word to indicate someone who displayed courage between fear and confidence.

That’s a good description of what it means to defend yourself against a sudden and vicious attack. To feel fear is normal when you’re attacked, but the training we undergo as martial artists also builds confidence so we can quickly rise to the need to be brave and defend against the enemy.

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