My thoughts on Martial Arts
Hey guys ,
First of all , I'd like to say that I'm not a veteran in the arts , And the reason why I'm here is I'm starting my journey in dismantling Fighting for one purpose , The reason that made me feel such importance is a quote within IP-Man movie , How fighting is essential in times of war , When the business man friend of Ip got his ass kicked by the Kung Fu Master .
Right now , Where I live (Egypt) , Is a time of chaos , Even though things are stable nowadays , No one will ever know what is possible with all the looters & bandits all around , Not to be afraid of any , But one should be able to defend himself and his family in the time of necessity , Other than that , It's an external skill like any other and shouldn't be given much importance & shouldn't be attached to one's identity in anyway , Unless one wants such an act leveraged against him through his own ego .
Such a statement detaches one while learning to defend himself in time of need from all the bullshit attachments ingrained in every martial art out there , Related to meaningless things like the place the originators were born or what they believed in about the hows or their own religious beliefs...etc .
All the names of the traditional arts from which mixed martial arts take its structure are nothing but labels that could have been anything else , They mean nothing , Usually what's inside all these arts are physical phenomena that are leveraged through thousands & thousands of techniques , The obvious in learning anything is seeing the big picture before going into the specifics to avoid being lost .
Yet the opposite is what is used , Most of martial artists aren't very great marketeers , And thus what they were capable of from my own experience , Is to hide the big picture showing the science of such phenomena and how to leverage them , And instead teach them the specifics of the techniques , So that they would be totally dependent on them and keep coming back until maybe after years of repeating narrow-minded specifics they'll realize something on their own , Or maybe the teacher will take a liking to you and reveal a secret or two about the big picture .
I know very well that everything I said above is nothing but my own observations and it will stir many emotionally , Because of their attachments , Such as the time & the effort undertaken in a certain art or what not , Or how they identify with such art because they've been doing it since they were young etc.
And this is not really my goal here to be controversial to grab anyone's attention or to get anyone's approval , Thanks brothas , But keep it .
The reason I'm writing in a forum is because I know that I'd like to think for myself and figure out Fighting for myself and break it down without any BS or biased opinion or narrow-minded perspectives , And I know there are many veterans around here that could help me in the direction I'm heading , This is why I'm here .
I'd like to begin with a quote from "The Peaceful Warrior" movie :
(After using Dan's punch to drop him down)Did you notice how the right
leverage can be very effective?
What if I were to tell you that's what your training,
even your life, is about?
Developing the wisdom to apply the right leverage in the right place,at the right time.
Take out the trash . "Socrates
What I'm gonna be doing here for myself along with application of what I learn is breaking everything down to the very basics to see the physical phenomena and how they occur and using common sense not including the arts to be able to put the techniques within the big picture and not vice versa .
This will be my journal for my journey .
I've already found some interesting books that talk about this , But haven't got into them yet , Which I will (Martina Prague fighting science books & Al Case Matrixing)
Let me know guys if you have any advice directly related to what I'm learning , Thanks.
Dismantling the Fighting Arts - A Journal
You are facing a fundamental reality of violence: whoever brings more to the fight usually wins. The answer to a guy with a knife is a gun, the answer to eight guys with ak-47s is 30 guys with armored vehicles mounted with machine guns. The answer to two guys breaking into your house with knives might be two large dogs, you with a large club, and your wife protecting the kids with a knife. And hopefully your neighbors come to your aid. Martial arts do not get past this reality. Anyone who claims they can are typically lying or deluded.