almost forgot my password for a moment or two, why do any martial arts at all ? well seems to answer that best with a question why not ? 1 reason anyone except the pain and injuries , what is martial art ? its not like a painting centuries old that is the same long after the artist, who painted it , in that sense does it exist if all the martial artists were taken to another planet by space warriors , but who would that leave if it even included the worst with the best does't every one have hundreds of hours of video exposure, movies ufc tv etc who isn't a backseat martial artist these days , some walk away from just one weekend seminar and change their name to chuckie chan seagal, or watch slow motion in slower motion episodes of the old kung fu series next day they are swinging a staff like the grass hopper was shown by master poe , are they now a new martial artist, the point is sure everyone is a painter too with a brush only their skylines look like blotches and trees like stick man octopuses, but who can't paint still who again would call themselves painting artist after a seminar or two Its an art almost without boundaries beyond concise definition , or a guy takes lessons for a few years as a teen is he a martial artist for life now, maybe there exist no martial arts with out the martial artist ,but what is the prerequisite for this wide spectrum a martial artist is someone who laughs in the face of full speed force at their face and plays with it like a piro with fire like a lion tamer calmly taunts the ferocious lions, fact is they make it look like anyone can not be instantly eaten if they tried it, how much class resistance is needed to foil their every technique a beginner tries, if everything is fully resisted nothing works right , but if it does somethings wrong , this technique has seven moves yeah ,boolsht , all have 1 the first move, theres is rarely ever a hundred percent resistance except when 2 students might get into a fight mode mid technique, it happens , in any class though in the street its the norm so how real it is is gauged by levels of resistance in training style ,to learn another has to let you do the moves, once you learn, their role then is to not let you, so a martial art , separates itself at this phase , you could say it starts with countering the counter realizing their counter is inevitable no matter the move, the newer students say what do I do now, exactly this is where it gets tricky ,where the art of it really starts where it goes from checkers to chess, the expert plans on your countering the first ten or so things they do , automatically , though their intent is its done in two moves or less , but for them the strategies, are two sides of the same coin though only most everyone may share the second. just as every chess players goal is the capture of the king yet that is just the martial part , before the art.