- Dec 20, 2005
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- Sunny San Antonio, TX
I'm sorry to hear that you feel that way, Mr. Parsons. I am the first to admit that there are some major limits to the written word and my tone seems to have been interpreted by you as hostile and closed-minded.To be honest, I was reading and thinking it was going to be a good discussion. Then I read the above. My reaction, was, negative. Anything I have to say has already been thrown to side as an ego-driven bs comment.
So why comment at all. Why try to have a discussion? I am dealing with a closed mind. This is how I read it. Note: I did not even bother to read the rest. Why? Because this negative comment was confrontational and I could either react confrontationally or just ignore you and the comments.
Yet, this is an excellant point of why Smerged systems are not always the best thing. Yes there are people who are good and understand and even at a young age. Yet many who are in Martial Arts are in it for thier ego. They want to be part of a following or they want people to follow them. They want people to bow to them. To show them the respect. So thay have the POWER. This is why Most from my experience have created their own system or style.
Another problem is that having 10 first degree black belts does not make a 10th degree black belt in understanding. Heck it might not even make a 3rd degree in understanding. Of course this goes for those using rank, those that do not it is even harder to describe.
I agree with nearly everything that you said and have had much of the same experiences you have in regards to many modern style-founders.
I'm confused, however, as to how stopping after a single comment in a rather long post doesn't smack of the same closed mindedness that you accuse me of?
Perhaps I am way off base and for someone to look down on a person who teaches a Frankensystem is actually called for. To be fair, I have run across those mixed-systems that thought that they were the cats pj's and, in my opinion they were more the cat litter. If I only learn what NOT to do from them, then they've been helpful to me.
Perhaps you can convince me how an open minded artist can freely look down on another just because they aren't "pure" stylists? That is whats at the heart of my statement that apparently turned you off (which I could've said better, it seems).
In any event, despite your reluctance to respond, you still make some excellent and very valid points. Thank you for those!