This is based on a thread discussion here: http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,39214.msg629700.html#msg629700
Here are some of the highlights, to begin the discussion.
How do you know that martial arts is a doorway to demonic activity?
because i've met people who have lived through it. And I believe them.
Plus the spiritual lessons of the orthodox church are very clear about this. If you open yourself, but don't fill yourself with Christ, in ANY WAY, including stretching, kicking, etc. then you are opening yourself to demons. bottom line.
I always wonder on how much people trust the power of the Devil. So many people go to Church and because they don't believe, don't understand or are dowright lazy, are not touched by the power of the Holy Spirit.
But if you slip on a pentagram and fall on the floor that's veritable hell-condemning Satan worship. C'mon you can't even be a lapsed satanist?
- Billy, why you don't want to kick the panda?
- Oh, mom, c'mon. You and daddy keep taking me to that Black Mass but it's booooooooring... besides, I think I actually like cute animals!
- Morning star! Zebbie, come over here and listen what your son is saying!
- What's the trouble, what's going on here?
- Billy won't kick the panda.
- And I won't channel the Elder Gods anymore. It makes me feel dizzy. I will keep the inverted pentagram you gave me out of respect, but my heart is elsewhere. I want to be a wild animals veterinary and heal them instead of gutting them alive.
- Where have we failed you, Billy?
The devil is not more powerful than God. Most people who go to martial arts, yoga, etc, couldn't care less about the esoteric mambo-jambo that *some* instructors teach. I concede there is real danger if the person actually tries to follow said mambo-jambo, but for most people it's just exercizing in a way more meaningful than going to the gym.
In fact, my judo and karate teachers in my teen years taught the kids to be moral, ethical, to avoid fighting, to respect our friends and even, as my karate sensei told us back then, that we should respect our competitor, even when we lost, and not thing of revenge, nor get angry. In fact, we should still be friends, still love each other and be happy for *his* victory. How many people out there tell you that you should be happy even for those who are winners over you being the loser because it still your friend? Had he said that the other person is my brother would that have made that much difference? I don't think so, and it strikes me as very Christian even today.