Originally Posted by theraydiator
Maybe you're right...bullshido is a ageless trend in martial arts and in pretty much everything. So I guess it was plausable to pull a fast one on a bunch of unsuspecting students. But I have this feeling that could only go on so far before someone pull out your number. Specially if you spend a lot of time bragging about your fighting skills and deadly technique. Even if you went to teach in some god forgotten town with no instructor, sooner or later you would have to put your money where your mouth was. It could happen in the form of another martial artist, a bandid or a thug, even a wealthy patron who could simply set you up against anyone he choosed(he pays your ass). At least thats the image and the stories in which several chinese systems base their effectiveness. Stories about the old days where master x was challenged by master x and mayhem followed.
About the challenge matches...well, I've read some stories in several sites and if you search about the most famous chinese styles, yoyu're bound to find some story about challenge matches. Many of them happened because of the reasons I wrote above(thugs, rivals, etc), some were really styled, with the rival walking inside the school with a couple of his good old boys and crossing his hands, screaming gong sau or simply putting down the rival style, thus trying to have a "test of skills"...some supposedlly happened while everyone was trashed or hot headed and the list goes on and on. You pick the style and there's a ton of stories like that! It's just one of the things that give CMA that special flavour. Well, to me at least. :glasses2: