"Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men."
Colossians 3:23

Shiloh's Historical View on Martial Arts

We believe that Christians can study the martial arts and do so in holiness as unto the Lord.
We, however, recognize the strong occult powers entrenched in Asian practice and academics.
We also understand that the martial arts predate the oriental martial arts and our goal is to
reclaim the martial arts for Christ.

It is commonly held by scholars of the martial arts that these arts were likely formalized as early
as the Chou Dynasty in China (1122-205 B.C.). However, the Shiloh Defensive Arts Ministries takes the
position that "martial" practices existed long before this period. In brief, it is recorded in the
paintings and inscriptions of Egyptian tombs that fighting arts were being practiced in Egypt as early
as 3000 B.C. Likewise, the Old Testament and other documents of that time indicate there were fighting
arts practiced in Mesopotamia and the surrounding areas (3000-2000 B.C.). India and Pakistan also have
an ancient history of martial arts such as yuddha, niyuddah, and marma-adi. In fact, it is virtually
impossible to trace the history of martial arts back to a single origin. Yet, based on a Christian
worldview of Earth's history (creationism), it is possible to theorize a likely development.

The Christian worldview of self-defense is based on the fact that when humankind (Adam & Eve) sinned,
the whole of God's creation was perverted, becoming evil at the heart of its nature. The peace within
God's creation began to decayanimals began preying upon each other, thorns and thistles became part of
the flora, and the Earth became a dangerous place. As the human race began to reproduce, differences of
opinion, greed, and anger arose which led to fighting and eventually to warfare. Unlike the flora, the
fauna, and the animals, humans have virtually no natural protection from the dangers of an evil world.
People, therefore, used their intellect, which God had given to them, and began to develop means of

On the most basic level, people likely protected themselves by merely swinging a stick at a danger.
However, it is fair to assume that some individuals were better at self-preservation than others, and
these individuals likely began to teach their families, friends, and community. It is upon this fundamental
basis that the Christian martial artist believes martial arts (organized system of self-defense) were
first brought into being.

The Shiloh Defensive Arts Ministries believe self-defense is something God necessarily allowed in His
Creation because of sin. The God who put the quills in the porcupine, the scent in the skunk, and the
venom in the viper, caused King David to say in Psalms 144:1 "Blessed be the Lord my strength, who teaches
my hands to war, and my fingers to fight."

Shiloh Defensive Arts Ministries are not just about physical self-defense, but about spiritual graces and
character such as, "A wise man is mightier than a strong man. Wisdom is mightier than strength." (Proverbs
24:5), and "A soft tongue can break hard bones." (Proverbs 25:15) This is one of the reasons that Christian
character qualities are incorporated into the curriculum of Shiloh Defensive Arts Ministries.

In His Service,
Robert Blackstone
9th Degree Black Belt
Founder of Shiloh Defensive Arts Ministries

Original view written by:
Steven Wilson Jr