The unique thing about this grass-roots movement to fight against the tide of ridiculous garbage in the Martial Arts is the diverse nature of the people who have come together here on Bullshido.<table class="image" align=left cellpadding=3 >
<caption align="bottom"><font size="-2">From the article:
<i>Phil's martialism equates to offering moral justification of illegal actions.</i>
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</table>One such person is Supporting Member Arahoushi, who happens to hold a bachelor's degree in Philosophy. In his first article for Bullshido, he uses his expertise to pick apart the flaws and inconsistencies in the concept of "Martialism" as described by one of this community's favorite punching bags, Phil Elmore.
Here's a quip from the article:
Thus, all of Phil's posturing that rational egoism supports his philosophy of "martialism" is flawed as well. Phil's martialism states that any amount ("total aggression") of force required to preserve one's own well-being or that of others is justified. This is not so. Most laws state that force must be proportional to the force used against you. If Smith were to come up to me and attempt to punch me, and I respond by pulling out my folding knife and cutting his throat, I will be hauled in to jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, if not murder. If Smith attempts to gut me with a knife, and I respond with my own knife, I am still not "in the clear," so to speak, with the law. I have to prove that I could not have safely fled the scene, that the use of deadly force was my only option to preserve my life. Phil's martialism equates to offering moral justification of illegal actions.
You can read the full article here Don't forget to add your thoughts on Arahoushi's analysis for posterity.
A very interesting article. I believe I can summarise Phil's martialism in a brief form which may be useful as an intro to your own more erudite analysis :-
"Boggly-eyed, fearful nerd fantasizes about being action movie hero.
Nerd is as nerd does.
Instead of lifting weights and going to the local kickboxing gym or judo dojo, nerd assembles collection of crappy little gimicky self-defence gadgets bought on the Internet and turns up at his local kung fu class. When the Kung Fu class, to their credit, started upping the level of physical conditioning and effort required, Nerd sat out to watch 'with his journalistic hat on'.
Nerd lacked the courage and willpower to transform himself into something more through demanding & competitive physical training.
Nerd has the chutzpah to try and found some kind of urban survivalist movement, and starts writing books about the very activity nerd lacked the balls to study with any seriousness.
Nerd remains fearful nerd."
Is that an actual picture of him? Because I watched a news story about a local Star Trek convention, and I'm almost positive that he was one of the convention attendies they interviewed.
Yes, it's him. I don't see why he wouldn't be at a star trek convention. The batleth is a far superior means of defence against panhandlers to anything in your sportfighting arsenal.
I think you did a very good job of a critique, given that you had to be general as different states have different legal requirements for "retreat" and "self-defence" and use of "deadly force".
It is easy to say that "deadly force can only be used when deadly force is threatened against you" but different states have different precedent for different situations, as they arise, "case specific" rather than creating a "one rule fits all philosopy", making writing this article difficult as you are skirting the razor's edge in danger of bieng wrong.
And while it might very well be better to be "judged by 12 than carried by 6", it seems that unless Phil is the glass man from that movie "unbreakable", then his sense of legal justification for certain actions even when looked at in a practical sense, tend to come more out of charles bronson's Death Wish or the Punisher than reality.
I used to think that would have been funny.
Originally Posted by Cullion
but when we had a throwdown at the Fighthouse, there is actually some guy teaching to use that wierd thing.
Here is the link:
I used to laugh, now I think it is just plain sad.\
scroll down a little.
Good stuff, very intelligently written. Thank you.
I agree good points.
Originally Posted by Cullion
Did you read any of the testimonials on that link?
Originally Posted by Bluto Blutarsky
I don't have the words....
11/1/04: An unsolicited e-mail from a new student, Hal H., after his 1st lesson: "Master Hun. My first class with you was a blast! The basics were easy and you had me doing some Kill Bill moves the very first class. I took this class for exercise, that would be challenging and fun-and it's just what I got."
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