Throughout the years here in the United States we have been programmed by the media to accept the standards of things like boxing, mma etc.. We pit people against each other who have equal physical attributes. This type of pairing creates a false sense of reality.
In real life chances of you coming across a person who has studied martial arts is slim to none. Furthermore you will more than likely never come across someone who is the same height , size and strength who wants to smash your face in..
The reality of true martial arts is size, strength or any other physical attribute matters not. What matters in real martial arts is a persons skill. Once you take away a persons strength all they have left is their skill. It is from a standpoint of skill where we can truly level the playing field.
Whilst I like all martial arts and think all of them have real value to teach. I also feel that in many places the essence of martial arts isn’t there. I don’t claim to be a bad ass or anything like that. All I can say is I started training official in martial arts when I was in 3rd grade.. I am now 36 years old and martial arts is a big part of my life. [Read more...]