- Jul 9, 2008
- Reaction score
- Covington, WA
Yeah. You're probably right, and if you think about martial arts in this context, you can see that this is why the reaction TO aliveness and MMA was so severe. I'm not suggesting that this is the secret to all things. But it's human nature to react strongly when you feel duped. If I trained under a sensei, only to find out that after 3 years of training under him (and the money involved), that I still can't actually play a round of golf, I'm going to either go into denial, "I have to trust him. He's an expert." or I'm going to revolt, "That guy is a comlete wacko and his system is crap."Thanks for that post steve, that made a hell of a lot of sense and was a very interesting way of looking at it. But it got me thinking, within 2 generations of the original sensei, wouldnt many of the students have had a proper round of golf by then?
Let's just look at the battles and bashing WC has taken in recent years. The conversations like this around that art have happened almost exactly as we're describing. Same for bujinkan schools. I think you're predictions in my golf analogy would happen, and I think they have happened in MA.Eventually isnt one of them going to play a round of golf and realise it doesnt work? If I trained somewhere in a class of 30 or 40 students and none of them had ever got in a "real" fight Id be very surprised. I would imagine the average class would have quite a few "thugs" or crowd controlers or police officers etc who would actually attempt to use what they are taught, and surely if it failed miserably then by now we really wouldnt have martial arts because they all would have been "found out". Personally, I avoid fights like the plague and will do my best not to put myself in positions where I may end up using what Ive been taught, but I do train with some young guys who get in the odd fight here and there plus some police officers who regularly do what we are taught to do and it obviously works for them. Would it work for me? I guess there is only one way to find out and I dont see that happening anytime soon hopefully.