I agree with you, there. Some of the most prolific and successful professional "writers" are just plain bad at what they do. Off the top of my head, Dean Koontz comes to mind as an example of this. On the other hand, I can't say I've read any of Elmore's published works, so it's entirely possible he is a disciplined author.
Originally Posted by unpossible
I don't think it's really about self-preservation in the purest sense, but rather about having fun. I mean, it's not like anyone but Elmore is profiting from the Martialist--on the contrary, isn't he paying for web space? While the self-defense angle may have some practical use, I can't imagine his pursuits being any more or less applicable in real life than other MA styles. No, I think he just writes about the stuff because he enjoys doing so. And other people obviously enjoy reading it.
The lengths that he and his followers go to in order to be "prepared" for the worst -- none of which, of course, involve getting better in a measurable way -- are completely out of proportion to the actual threat of physical violence. You are 85 times more likely to die of cancer than to be killed by another human being. If you're walking around with 2 guns on you at all times, why isn't a doctor checking your balls and prostate twice each day?
What difference does it make what sportfighters do? I'm no grand master, but it seems obvious to me that potentially fatal strikes must not ever be practiced in full force against a living opponent. How is admitting as much a "ridiculous excuse"?
The "too dangerous to practice" excuse is ridiculous. If you need to grab someone's ear or strike their throat, you know -- people that train in sportfighting are pretty good at keeping you from being able to do that.
Sure, but while the training approaches real life, it can never mimick it entirely. So whatever measurement you're using loses much of its value outside of sport-like competition.
Unarmed combat, bladed weapon combat (chalk knives), firearms -- these are all trainable and you can get measurably better at using them.
I don't think he does. He may downplay their importance, but that's a matter of opinion, subject to debate and better judgment.
Why does he discount their importance?
Well, like I said, I imagine it's mostly about having fun.
Because it's not about getting better. It's about drama. It's about a bunch of portly, depressed guys walking around armed to the teeth with a Dust Brothers soundtrack playing in their head, feeling like a badass. It's not about hard work, it's not about reality or being safe, it's not about self-improvement.
Oh, come on! Maybe his site is plagued with adolescent idiocy, but certainly no more than this one!
It's about thirteen-year-old melodramatic violent escapist fantasy.