The Thrilla in Violence

Let me tell you that there is no other way for any type of fighter to gain recognition but through fighting. Achievements and glory only met through bloodshed and the bashing of another opponent. This savagery found in MMA and boxing can be observed in many of today’s popular sports like basketball, football, and hockey, but it is not found in the rule books. MMA and boxing have violence instilled in the sport, but with the rules it is fair play to each athlete. Many may say that it is unethical to hurt an opponent in sport, but it happens more frequently than ever. Sports like MMA and boxing have the appea
rance of being unethical through its repetitive brutalities, but with the rules and moral of every other sport. Sports that have violence in the rules are ethical to engage in because it has safety measures and benefit in one’s moral standing from just participation

Famous fighters like Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and George Saint Pie

Muhammad Ali beating people up

rre a few of many fighters have been the most courageous in the sport and have shown much devotion in the art of fighting. They like many athletes have trained each and every day in order to be successful in their art/sport. For fighters like Muhammad Ali would say, “It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.”  Beating people up is just part of the game one would say, but like Kr
etchmar mentions, “suggesting that some misdeed is just part of the game can help individuals live more comfortably with their moral calluses” (Kretchmar Pg. 194). Like calluses, a moral callus makes it difficult for one to feel the moral wrong in a sport. In the sport of boxing many of the athletes have faced permanent brain damage because of their participation over time. Even the great Muhammad Ali who has participated and loved the sport of boxing has developed Parkinson’s disease from repeated blows to the head. This can be a justifiable reason to remove the sport, but many fans would argue because of their moral callus that “it’s just the nature of the sport” that since it is in the rule books that it is obviously a valid reason to continue to keep the sport.  Sports all have a dangerous nature to them and can be life threatening at times, but ones devotion allows them to grow and improve one even with the risks.


Dangerous sports such as MMA and boxing have unethical attributes, but have great benefits in improving ones moral. In these sports it takes ones individual motivation to keep them striving for greatness. In these sports athletes strive for improving their own body and health which in turn keeps them away from doing drugs or alcohol. For example, fighters like Bruce Lee found their martial art to be much like a lifestyle of self-improvement in which one would practice every day and eat healthy in order to continue to improve oneself. People like Grandmaster Joe Olivarez would say, “He motivated young people and changed things by thinking out of the box. He combined hold

Bruce Lee practicing the art of fighting

s and kicks, tae kwon do, judo and boxing and made the old system better.” Bruce Lee Article. These styles of fighting all intertwined within one type of fighting style. This type of idea basically gave rise to MMA and allowed people to keep themselves out of trouble in fighting clubs. Many fighters today use these fighting styles to the best of their abilities and treat fighting much like an art, with respect and responsibility. Violence in sport definitely has much draw backs, but still has positive improvement in one’s confidence and internal motivators.


Violence is found in about every sport, but is viewed more unethically in MMA and boxing. In all sports, “both competitors are in a mutual quest for excellence and that they will use their skills to the best of their abilities in pursuit of this excellence.”  Fighting is one thing, but the dedication and responsibility one put forth to improve themselves in preparation is another. With the next Pacquao fight or George Saint Pierre fight, one must wonder how much dedication and hours one has put forth to be able to fight in a fight that is only so short.


Risky Business

“Stop Existing and start living.” This is one quote many that exist would love to pursue in their daily lives. Having full control of one’s own life is what makes living a lot more rewarding. When participating in physical activity one does not need balance of risk with living the good life, but may just need to have each one of these to enjoy life. Many people try to live the good life with complete balance of risk and well

Life can be a difficult balance of everything

-being, but I believe there must be much risk to really enjoy life. Participating in physical activity needs risk well being and living the good life in order to fully appreciate life.

Risk is found in everything one does and should not stop one from having a fun filled active life. Every sport has risk, but in order to have fun and find oneself one should look beyond risk to find joy in physical activity. For example, in the sport of running one would think there is no risk in physical injuries, but think again. Having participated in track and field and wrestling I have found joy in being able to push my mind-body to the limit. I have been able to find the inner strength in myself to push beyond my capability, but pushing me came with a higher risk of injury. In the sport of track and field I had a tough season which eventually caused me to develop shin splints and knee problems, but I pushed forward with the help of the athletic trainers at Fullerton Community College. This ability to push myself in sport even with the risks helped me better understand myself and my values. I found that I valued persistence and experiences of achievement which helped me feel good about me. This great feeling allowed me to find the “The good life” which “refers to the experiences and conditions of living that we regard as desirable (Pg. 206 Kretchmar).” This desire of pushing the envelope definitely outweighed any risk factor that was out there because I love the feeling and am willing to go through pain for it.

There is always enjoyment in doing risky physical activities. This can be demonstrated in the question of why is it that people still go to amusement parks even though there is a risk for serious injury? There is just a natural urge for humans to explore beyond what we see as “Safe” because we are curious creatures. For example, Steve Bloom explains of a time he took a risk in a job, he said, “I knew I needed a change so I quit. I had searched for a job before I left, but didn’t have anything lined up right away. It was really scary at first, but I knew quitting was the right thing to do. Several years later, I’m still glad I made the decision.” article Risk is something that can improve one’s life and it does not have to be a job, but it can be a change in hobbies. Maybe there was a physical activity such as mountain climbing that one wanted to participate in, but it was far too risky in injury. This could actually be the best change in one’s life in improving their own well-being because they’re now happy with themselves.

In each case one needed to take a risk in order to really improve one’s well being and experience of the good life. This risk no matter if it was large or small had the same outcome in that the person doing it experienced a positive relief of stress and an improvement in their well being. This positive improvement in well being had a autonomous effect on the person’s experience of the good life.  

Effective Success for Patients

Many people pursuing a professional career in the medical field have one objective and that is to cure and treat patients. This goal has resonated for years in the minds of many professional doctors, but their needs to be further improvement in keeping this goal personal with the patients. Doctors nowadays prescribe patients with medication and surgical procedures more than massages and comedy clubs for relaxation.  The patient’s personal wellbeing matters as much as their physiological wellbeing. Having an understanding of the human person will further improve future professionals as me to treat patients more effectively and successfully.

The mind and body are one entity that many people

Understanding patients is important for everyone

view separately in hospitals. Many health professionals when faced with a patient who suffers from back pain have a materialistic and dualistic perspective of treating their patients. “Dualism, because it treats the body as a machine, recommends mechanical answers for mechanical problems. Materialism suggests that we should reduce any problem to its root causes and then intervene at this point (Kretchmar Pg. 124).” A traditional practitioner will begin by focusing on the back and look for physical or physiological abnormalities to then recommend the perfect intervention of surgery, rest, or stretching.  A holistic practitioner in a sense looks outside the box where it may seem unlikely to be the causes of the problem.  They look beyond the site of pain for a group of partial causes and may question decisions about lifestyle or reducing stress. Having a holistic view in one’s professional career may further improve their ability to spot clues on simple critiques in lifestyle or stress that may improve the patient’s wellbeing and health. In my future professional career I expect to view patients through a holistic lens where the mind and body are inseparable. This will allow me to know my patients personally and further my relationship between the person and their health.

Applying philosophy in medical professions can further improve patient health. Not just looking at the patients’ health from a physiological perspective but more into their personality of who they are will further improve the practice in medical health. For example, Daniel Ofri M.D. says that, “Doctors, of course, can’t solve the economic, societal and interpersonal challenges that cause unhappiness, but attention to the inner sense of suffering is helpful above and beyond our treatments for the disease itself.  Article info It may be very conventional to treat a person for their cholesterol with medication but also understanding how their personal lives may be affecting this disease may further help them improve their own health. The doctors say, “Don’t presume that these challenges are facile to solve, but hopefully our conversation helps let patients know that their happiness matters as much as their cholesterol”. This gives the patient a better connection with their doctors and even in who they are in their own lives.  The doctors being able to have an understanding of their patients will give meaning to them and can make them and their patients happy. This is an improvement in the medical field that will be necessary for future patients to have a better relationship with medical professionals.

Having taken Philosophy of sport and physical activity at Cal State University of Fullerton has really allowed me to realize the importance of keeping the human being in mind rather than what class of disease they have. This body of knowledge in kinesiology studies has allowed me to really grasp the importance of having a holistic approach in my future professional life. Having a primary structure of knowledge focused on the human body and having my secondary knowledge with philosophical value will help me and many future medical professionals in improving their own careers. I personally will take into account that each patient is an individual with different backgrounds and cultures. Having a philosophical perspective will allow many future health professionals like me to integrate meaning, value, and culture with the data, measurement, and statistics from science. These ideas both matter and need to be mixed to be able to cure patients.

Science and Philosophy relationship goals

Having a relationship with a person is about being able to have that connection by sharing ones ideas and attraction for one another. Even though one person in the relationship can have disagreements one always strives to be at bay with each other. As philosophy and science seem to be from different realms of study they do make a great couple in the field of kinesiology. With one’s ability to question wisdom and the other being able to put measurement into perspective they make a great unity for improving public health. The ideas of philosophy and the assertiveness of science is a necessity for one to understand human movement and improve lives in the field of kinesiology.

In the field of kinesiology measurements do not tell the whole story of human movement. When one moves from point A to point B they obviously have a displacement and a physical change in the human body, but one cannot tell how much hope, trust, and love was causing them to move. For example, a high school athlete named Drew Hunter has broken the high school mile mark at 3:57.81 seconds. Many athletes like professional runner Schwartz would say, “If he has one unique special talent, it’s his mind, not his body. What sets him apart is his focus and a

Drew Hunter braking the mile mark

bility to deal with challenges and view them as opportunities. That to me is what makes him great, not good.” Link of article. There is no measurement in science that can really explain the precise formula for an athlete to be able to compete at extraordinary levels. Hunter must have gone through some difficult training to prepare for this race, but what truly sets him apart from others is his positive mindset and love for the sport of running. Philosophers would view the meaning, value, and culture that has brought Hunter to this level of running and question why may he be better than most athletes his age. Science on other hand would take a different approach and explain the consistency of his training for further improving his physical health. Both science and philosophy are two lenses that one must take in order to understand movement in kinesiology and how to improve patients effectively. These are essential for having a successful career in Kinesiology and may help people cure patients faster.

Integrating philosophy with science can help patients get better faster. Philosophy may seem like a fun class that one can learn and never use it again, but it can be used in more than just the humanities. A philosophical mindset will allow one to view a subject through different lenses which can benefit doctors to take the best approach in helping their patients. In the book, “Practical Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity”, R. Scott Kretchmar says, “Professionals prepared in this way seem to be more effective than their peers. They cure people faster, prevent disease more effectively, improve athletic performance more consistently, and change lives for the better more regularly (Kretchmar Pg. 12). A successful professional would be able to connect the value of idea and human experience and integrate them with the information from sciences. They would have less of a materialistic view on patients and add meaning, value and their culture into perspective in order to understand the best procedure to take. Most doctors today lack the ability to add a human face to their patients because now it has become a business instead of developing a personal relationship with patients. With the integration of philosophy and science as one, doctors in the medical field will be able to further enhance their knowledge of people and how they can best meet their needs.

In the field of Kinesiology one must understand both science and philosophy to be able to make improvements for their patients. Science is the education background for many practitioners in any medical field. This knowledge is what helps practitioners treat and know what to do to help their patients get better. Philosophy on the other hand allows them to add meaning to what they are doing. It helps them value each and every patients needs and includes their culture for better methods on how to meet their religious faith or beliefs. With the fine relationship between science and philosophy one can further improve the medical field to make a difference for the 21st century patients.