11.) That the three section staff was extensively used by l33t kung fu masters as an effective killing tool on the battlefield and on the street.
12.) That Muay Thai consisted primarily of flying kicks and flying elbows with the occasional backflip throw (thanks Tony Jaa!).
13.) That Tony Jaa was an elite fighter.
14.) That Jackie Chan was an elite fighter.
15.) That Bruce Lee wasn't the ****.
16.) That Joe Lewis was/is a bitter old man (oh...wait, that's true.)
17.) That nunchaku were banned because they were highly effective at hitting people.
18.) That kung fu was automatically the best style of martial art because it had the longest history.
19.) That there were fistfights in prison (someone was trying to sell me Jailhouse Rock material).
20.) That the teachings of Ninjutsu, silly chi teachings aside, would be worthwhile to some degree.
I used to believe the flying kick pwns all. Enough said.
When I was six, saw a girl break cement blocks in a karate demo at our school fair. When I went home, she was chilling at my kitchen counter with my babysitter. I thought she was a super hero in the flesh.
I thought all fights were stand up
I thought shomenuchi/judo-chop was a real technique
I thought striking was wrong and technically inferior to grappling in all ways
I thought my tai sabaki would be slick enough to unbalance trained opponents
I thought street fights were a genuine measure of my skill and not a series of inexperienced punks, blowhards and children picking fights
And I used to believe that Bruce Lee had actually been in a fight. Also that that mysterious, undefeated British high school boxing champ, Gary Elms, actually existed and was soundly defeated by Bruce Lee's Wing Chun.
Originally Posted by yli
That boxing on TV would be better if there were energy bars/health points at the bottom of the screen so I could tell who was winning (this was when I was about 4/5 - remember asking me dad).
Originally Posted by excludedmiddle
Aaaaaah, another one of those masters who understand an entire MA in a few weeks. Speaking of which, i tought i could understand something other than basic movements in a couple of weeks. After all, how complicated can martial arts be compared to intellectual pursues?
Originally Posted by wrybosome
I also tought that any MA would contain elements for dealing with any situation, to create a complete fighter. Cue to me becoming a Shotokan practice dummy, a Mata Leon victim and a Judo side control (please forgive me, I don't know the correct name) laughing stock.
Oh come on. You should at least be able to get some basic movements down after a couple weeks. If not, what the hell have you been doing in that time?
Originally Posted by Evilenzo
There are LOTS of basic movements...
I always demand too much from myself, i don't settle with "get some basic movements" i don't want them to look half-assed. Luckly, my goofiness is not paired with the tendency to rage-quit!
I thought if I got my 4th degree black belt in TKD (wtf) I would be teaching CIA agents how to kill people for a living.....
That's a good one.
Originally Posted by da furor celtic