Thread: "Martial arts are for everyone."
5/12/2011 11:05am, #91
I think I have demonstrated quite a bit of good faith considering your tone towards me in this discussion.
Are you saying that martial arts training will not increase my capabilities to hold a person back?
let's say I'm 23 years old and I've had 18 years of strip mall shotokan karate.
5/12/2011 11:08am, #92
Gladiators Academy Lafayette, LA
- Join Date
- Dec 2006
- Lafayette, LA
- Judo, MMA, White Trash JJ
Name one statement I, just me, have typed on this board or any other that has been to discredit or discriminate someone based on anything. Your age gives me a reference to use as a basis for analogy and a way to frame my discussion. Add to that a lot of your responses are not of someone with 18 years of MA training. Unless you are playing devil's advocate I would tend to believe you are no older than 28.
A reluctance to even say older than 25 but less than 35 says something.
If we were face to face I could see that and continue accordingly.
Plus training as an 8 year old is not the same as a 16 year old.
Again you are not seeing the purpose of physical activity. You are hung up on the outcome of the race and not the path you take. What percentage of people in the US play professional basketball? <1%. So why should the rest of us play basketball? If I do not get paid to play it then it is a worthless activity so I should give it up? When your friends call you on the weekend to go play a pickup game what do you say? Nope, it will not help me win a fight so I do not play it.
Funny because we would sometimes take a break from training and go play basketball because it help with hand eye coordination, foot work, and was a good form of exercise plus it took the mind of the sometimes frustration of training. The true purpose of basketball just like modern martial arts training is the exactly the same.
When I practice uchimata I practice to get better at uchimata. I look at every repetition as getting one step closer to being able to perform the technique without effort or forethought. To move myself and my opponent around in space and execute a technique that will be better than the previous one.
Through every failure I learn more about the technique and myself hoping to one day reach a level of proficiency that will allow me to expand to other techniques. Through this training I am reminded that it is not about how many times I mess up but by how many times I do it right to reduce the amount of failures. When I am succeeding more than failing I know I am working on the right path.
Now I take this mindset into my "regular" life and I can approach a problem with a solution that may fail but with the confidence that I will learn from that effort and correct it to make the next approach a better and more concentrated effort. Instead of worrying about being right and looking bad I am more concerned with producing an outcome and learning from the experience than being right.Judo is only gentle for the guy on top.
5/12/2011 11:18am, #93
Matt Thornton, Why We Train
(Warning pretty loud SBG ape growl at beginning of vid...)
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5/12/2011 11:27am, #94
This has been a really interesting post to read.
As an aside Coach Josh, it is difficult, at least for me, to do discussions on the internet as my hands don't convey what I want to say very well. But your insight is very helpful and I appreciate it.
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5/12/2011 11:28am, #95
5/12/2011 11:52am, #96
Or, you know, continue to be a child and use complaints about snark to keep from thinking about the issues that have been brought up here time and again. Many of us are posting for the benefit of third parties anyway.
5/12/2011 11:56am, #97
5/12/2011 12:05pm, #98
There are failures that lead to success—say failures under proper training, or failures that are built upon prior successes.
Then there are just failures.
5/12/2011 12:06pm, #99
5/12/2011 12:10pm, #100
Toughen up, buddy. You're not even being insulted. It's just that you presented an argument that was both self-aggrandizing and full of logical and rhetorical holes, and several people spent two days talking to you about it anyway. And you decided that martial arts aren't for everyone because most people don't love pain, so they're just idiot sheep to be herded and protected?
Grown-up discussions aren't for everyone either, by that measure.