When your a new user to a forum it takes awhile to figure out good topics to start a thread and to get involved in intense discussion, etc. So a topic like this that's easy to just post what you think and move on is attractive to somebody who's new to this type of thing.
Originally Posted by marcusdbrutus
I used to believe that all those ancient, white-bearded, droopy-moustached 10th dan Supreme Grandmasters who live in temples and caves (behind waterfalls!) in Japan, Korea and China were quite literally the most deadly men in the world - having developed near-supernatural skills and borderline mystic powers from a lifetime of training, meditation and chi manipulation.
I believed that they could probably kill any other man with one punch/kick if challenged, rip out hearts, punch all the way through guys, dodge bullets, perform no-touch knockdowns/throws, jump 30 feet into the air from standing, project chi into swords and cut through anything, etc - but they didn't generally do this unless there was no other option as they had come to understand that martial arts are studied so that one does not need to fight... :eusa_sile
I believed that people (especially Asian people) fought by jumping at one another and dueling in the air with fists, feet, swords, etc.
I believed that the best type of training was when hundreds of people stood in formation and did punches and kicks while making a thundrous "kiai".
I believed that properly trained blind people could kick ass by listening to their opponents movements. Even in a loud, crowded place.
Too many movies and video games as a child perhaps? haha
Originally Posted by Larus marinus
Hahaha, yeah. I believed a lot of that too - also that kiaiing or shouting out the name of the attack you were carrying out ("FLYING KICK!") would make it more powerful by forcing chi into it or something. Note: I was a *really* little kid when I thought this - and I wasn't alone in that thought. Loads of kids would do it during playfights at school.
Originally Posted by tao.jonez
You've hit the nail on the head there, sir. I knew that movies and video games were exaggerated but I thought that there was a small kernel of truth in there, martial arts being all 'mystical' and that.
Originally Posted by mcj1013
The belief that 'each dan grade = something like 10x more skilful than the last' and that therefore, the old 10th dan guys could kick literally everyone else's ass (in regular fighting) endured much longer.
I used to believe that Wing Chun was 'teh deadly.'
You mean it's not?...
Originally Posted by Ben Grimm
It IS. But only the real Chun which you clearly don't have.
Originally Posted by Ben Grimm
Also, I used to believe that the ability to kick someone in the head while standing toe-to-toe with them would come in handy one day. So I stretched and practiced splits day after day until I could do that kick. It never came in handy.
Bloody hell, why do people keep dredging this thing up?
I used to think BJJ was a joke. Then I was politely introduced to a pair of balls right before a painful armbar.
BJJ = humiliation, THEN pain
Kama Sutra blue belt.
Originally Posted by Emevas
Originally Posted by Rock Ape
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