Question: Does the wisdom of Kabbalah promote involvement with martial arts? It provides training in endurance, the ability to endure pain, team spirit, and developing positive characteristics within you.
Answer: I often heard my teacher Rabash recommend things like that, but only for the purpose of physical readiness and self-defense. I never saw him involved with this himself. He believed that the best thing is walking a lot, swimming, and sometimes working out in a gym. He was a very strong man, much stronger than I, even though I was younger than him by forty years. Rabash was engaged in physical labor all his life. He carried 40 kilogram bags of cement to the third and fourth floor.
So I believe that if it is necessary for a person, he should get involved with martial arts. But in principle, involvement with the wisdom of Kabbalah will balance everything in him. Ultimately, one will choose what is in harmony with one’s spiritual movement.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 4/10/16