- Aug 3, 2015
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This is what I was kind of sensing. As a kid, there was always one or 2 people who had older brothers who claimed to know how to fight even though there was no formal training of self-defense. It was an assumption of "I know how to fight" that grew from the ability to beat one or 2 people in a street fight, or in slap boxing. I'm not sure how other cultures are but this was definitely the case within the African American culture as I was growing up. It wasn't just among the kids but also older adults. There was always that one adult who was out of his prime and out of shape that was going to show the "young bucks" how it really was done. It was like a 15 minute moment of fame and acknowledgement for the adult, because faces. If you are in your 40's most kids probably think you are lame and already have this assumption that you are old. In general teaching is one of those things when young people actually listen to what you have to say and they actually learn from you so for many adults teaching has value in society which is much higher than what they get paid for. I think for some being a teacher helps fill a void where the "teacher" doesn't feel significant and teaching allows that person to feel significant.
This is what it feels like and what I see when I watch the 52 blocks videos. This isn't a slam on those who do 52 or teach street fighting stuff. It's actually an acknowledgement that they could have probably been really good teachers in any subject matter had they only taken the time to take the formal path of obtaining knowledge.
Novell Bell is like the old guys I used to know as a kid. You can clearly see he has some passion for the art but no formal training which is a shame because people with passion for what they do are the ones that help keep knowledge alive.
As for 52 blocks, you can do this all day to a person that trains martial arts for fighting purposes and be punished each time those crazy hands start moving.
But I guess you have to roll with what you know. By the way, no hard feelings to the 52 block guy that's in the discussion. It's just jokes.