I keep hearing or rather reading the term " good martial artist" from the types who don't believe in competition, hard sparring and the like and it makes me wonder how do you know if your instructor is a good martial artist if he's never fought anyone.
I know you say well a tourney isn't the screet and it isn't however it's about as close as you can get and if your instructor can't perform in competition he more than likely won't be able to protect himself when on the screet either. You see my logic in this.
Only in martial arts do we have this kind of stuff. You don't see guys saying " well I studied brain surgery and I'm a good surgeon but I've never performed brain surgery on an actual patient " .
I mean are you proponents of not competing, and no hard sparring telling me that you can learn how to fight without actually fighting (whether hard sparring or competing) ? I mean if that's your point then it's a point that doesn't have any weight to it and that's been proven time and time again.
So to the WJJF people along with anyone else that thinks this way could you please tell me what to you makes a "good martial artist" ? Thank yall in advance.