Firearms Month on Bullshido
Yeah, we went there, and we're going further.
This month is dedicated to the firearm, its proper use, and training; a neglected aspect of what are supposed to be "Martial" arts... you know, the arts of war?
Well wars today aren't fought with swords, spears, nunchucks, shuriken. The last time people tried to go Old Dojo with that nonsense, the British bitchslapped them back into the days of Bodhidharma.
Guess which one of these guys managed to take out one of the dirty Gwailo interlopers... if you said "Oooh, the guy who looks like a drum major", punch yourself in the gonads
If you're training in combat arts without even a marginal awareness of firearms, let alone their use, you need to at least be aware that the entire scope of your training is only relevant due to a vast infrastructure of law enforcement and other social constructs. The minute those constructs evaporate, as they tend to do periodically (regularly) in Human history (see also: Hurricane Katrina), it may very well be too late to benefit from the lesson you'd then learn; fighting isn't fair, and the vast majority of it doesn't involve punching or kicking or choking, it involves putting holes in people from a distance.
Random Orwellian quote... by Orwell. We just wanted to shoe-horn this in somewhere
Who cares though, you don't live in Darfur or East Timor, or Detroit. You live in a place where people aren't savages, right? After all the police are only minutes away and you're a big, tough guy; you can hold your own.
Super duper. You going to be strong and fit and athletic all your life? Every year past 30 or so, your body is getting weaker, shittier, and more brittle. It's a fact, whether you like it or not - you're not going to be strong forever, and the adolescent delusion that you are is precisely the reason why warlords have recruited teenagers for centuries, because they can't see more than 5 minutes into their own futures.
Or maybe you're not a big, strong guy. Maybe you're a woman, who's walking alone through a parking lot every night. What would be better: a self defense method that relies on physical prowess to fight off stronger attackers, or a self defense method that involves the ability to point and wiggle a finger?
Image originally posted on The High Road... although we'll admit that even though we agree with the sentiment here, it's more of a "low road" kind of image
Look, we realize this topic is going to rustle some jimmies. That's great, we're happy to do so. If you don't think Firearms are a valid part of Martial Arts training but you think wearing ancient Japanese sleepwear is, we're happy to beat you about the mind-nuts with the Stick of Reality. So go ahead, foam at the mouth about the subject of Gun Control if you'd like; especially if you want to decry violence.
Because, if you're reading this, you probably consider yourself a martial artist in some respect. And once it sinks in how much of a hypocrite you are for spending time learning how to hurt other people, we'll be standing by to mop up the remains of either your blown mind, or projectile-vomited integrity.
And because we felt your jimmies might not be sufficiently rustled...