Very important links to the topic at hand. Do many Westerners have a skewed perspective of … - Reddit Do many Western MMA fans (especially from America) have a skewed perspective of Thailand and Muay Thai? : MuayThai Why are so many Western martial artists often atheist or nominally religious (if they even attend spiritual ceremonies at all) but often treat fighting arts with far more importance,often like a religion? Ignoring the countries arts originated from treats spirituality far more importantly? : martialarts And this thread I created over a week ago is quite related to this topic. Back in Asia, just how concerned are they with customs like gi clothing and meditation? Esp in TMA? Be sure to read the three links because they are essential to understand this topic I'm posting about. A quick FYI Paris Syndrome is a word referring to a weird trend that happens to Japanese people in which they go to a shock, even PTSD like state, upon visiting France for the first time because France isn't a rich fancy country full of sophisticated people. Japan's media and pop culture tend to portray Paris as the most beautiful cleanest city in the world and French people as a sophisticated gorgeous suave and refined race. Because pop media has portrayed France this way for years in Japan, many Japanese tourists visiting France literally expect to meet people who can discuss literature everywhere in Paris and to see every French girl wearing fancy expensive bags and other displays of intellectualism and high culture. So when they finally enter the city from the airport they see Paris and France more like a dirty city full of rude people (at least rude by Japanese standards) and full of slum buildings and other signs of lower class white American culture as portrayed in Japanese pop media. This shatters the Japanese that they ahve to get psychiatric aid. The Japanese embassy literally has a special section to help tourists who get Paris Syndrome upon seeing the realities of France. I notice many martial artists esp white Westerners often wank of o the foreign cultures of the styles they practise. Like I cannot tell you how many white Americans I know who want to go to China because they expect to live the life of a Wuxia and Kung Fu action film and how many MMA and kickboxing fans want to visit Thailand because they picture the nation being full of tough badasses with the gyms being the harshest in the world. Don't get me started on the Samurai fetish many weaboos and neckbeards have. Even martial artists and western practitioners with a more grounded view have an interest in the style's origin homeland almost exclusively revolving around martial arts. Very view know about the country's history outside of its relations to martial arts and perhaps the nation's military history. Most don't care about trying out local delicacies and 99.99999% are ignorant of basic manners and social expectations of the style's home country outside of what they practise at their school. The only reason they care about going to Israel or Korea is only to practise Krav and other styles. And when they go to the country thats the only thing many martial artists often do. They don't bother visiting monuments or watching local TV, etc stuff say actual Indonesians would prefer doing rather than practising Silat or how the typical Thailander lives his life. Why do many martial artists tend to have this strange behavior towards the country they dream of going and training in? I mean sure many otakus solely want to Japan for anime/manga but most come out of japan with a bigger appreciation of the country as they visit historical places and learn its history, try local restaurants, etc as a result of trying out stuff in Japan beyond anime/manga. Many tourists only have an Americanophilia because of Hollywood but many become fans of American music, eaters of staple foods, etc once they go back home after tasting America's culture beyond cinema. I can go on and on. But why do so many martial artists have a narrow Paris Syndrome behavior towards their style's culture (even if they actually have visited the country once)? Esp Westerners? I mean there's so much more to China than just Kung Fu such as fine literature and medicine. Korea has very rich dramas and great movies that one should explore if they wish to call themselves a true lover of Korea. Thailand has a rich wilderness as well great locations for hunting wildlife. Why do many martial artists have an extremely narrow interest in the country they claim to be so interested in that is their style's birthplace?