Last year, veteran MMA fighter Ken Shamrock admitted in Fighting Words with Mike Straka show that he used steroid. Yet, he was not the only one MMA fighters tested to be positive, nor these fighters were the only athletes taking the juice. After all, competitive sports are tough games, when the stake is high, people just don't want to lose. The interesting question is: Are we still talking about man-to-man competition?
Frank Shamrock (also a veteran MMA fighter and the adopted brother of Ken) had this interesting remark in a 2008 interview:
"My brother Ken did them his whole life. Why do you think that his mind is so fried? Why do you think he crumbles before the big fights? He's got no psyche. He let steroids give him a false sense of security and the moment that stuff is gone he's no longer superman. ... He's the only guy that I'll tell on, because he's always in trouble anyway."
This leads me to think about those martial artists turned (or tried to turn) spiritualists. To use chi-meditation to have spiritual enlightenment requires first of all a strong bodily structure tampered or trained by chi. To this end, martial artists have a decided advantage. No wonder many previous masters were either monks or Taoists who devoted their whole lives to meditation or common citizens with strong martial art background. Actually Zhao Bichen (趙壁塵), author of the famous book "Taoist Yoga" was a prominent martial artist (he ran a business that nowadays would be called: national armed security services).
One weakness with martial artists and other athletes is that sometimes they are too impatient. Some of them want instant result! And in the area of Taoist yoga, the "steroid" is sexual chi-kung, or the use of sexual (non sublimed) energy to boost up one's chi for spiritual purpose. Most prominent masters in all ages warned against using sexual energy, and indicated its incompatibility with one's ultimate spiritual objective. Not withstanding this, some martial artists in all ages did use sexual energy. One prominent late Caucasian martial artist in USA, in his autobiography, detailed his own experience of having his first Kundalini Awakening with the help of sexual energy. Everyone takes his own cup of tea. This is the beauty of a free world.