{Eastern martial arts and the cultivation of persuasive power}

Submitted by James Miller on Wed, 05/23/2012 - 12:29
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Title{Eastern martial arts and the cultivation of persuasive power}
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsCantey, K. R.
PublisherClemson University
Place PublishedUnited States – South Carolina
Thesis Typephd
Keywords0326, 0456, 0459, 0681, Communication, Communication and the arts, Cultural anthropology, Education, Language, Life artist, literature and linguistics, martial arts, Pedagogy, RHETORIC, SOCIAL sciences, Taoism, Wu-wei, Yin-yang, Zen

Martial arts, which incorporate Eastern philosophical and cultural perspectives, enhance rhetorical skill along with self-defense mastery. Furthermore, Western styled rhetorical movements within workplaces can benefit from the integration of Eastern self-cultivation approaches, specifically Taoism and Zen. Eastern martial arts training grounded in Zen and Taoist precepts, such as the interdependence of seeming opposites, the persuasive power of restraint and humility, and the benefit of applying pathos as a primary rhetorical movement, increases self-knowledge. Through dedicated practice grounded in mutual respect and an openness to challenge physical and mental limitations, the life artist emerges by simultaneously obtaining self-defense ability and virtuous wisdom. Re-energized with persuasive energies that transcend conventional Western communicative means, the artist lessens their need to fight, argue, or dominate. Additionally, by cultivating traits such as patience, compassion, steadiness and self-control during group martial arts classes, the student continues to apply the lessons of the training studio to daily life, armed with a clear and focused mind and equipped to overcome communication challenges in the workplace peacefully.