10/10/2007 5:06pm, #41Originally Posted by Milquetoast
[quot]Yeah, this I do agree with completely. Some schools suck. They just do.[/quote]
Not just that. Some systems as a whole suck more than others.
Uh, I think there are guys who are hyping up their fighting backrounds, you can check the BS board right now over a guy in Austin, Tx., who MAY be doing this.
Do you live in Jena? Are you proficient in tying knots?
Agree completely again. But there must have been some TMA's with good training, unless the Gracie's created everything from scratch.
10/10/2007 6:23pm, #42Originally Posted by tom.f
To stay on thread, look out for the quiet guys. I've suffered my worst, most humiliating rounds of sparring with quiet, pleasant, soft spoken nice guys, who happen to be very talented at hitting and kicking and throwing fools like me.
For me, barring natural athletes mocking us average mortals, most tough guys don't talk ****, because they already know that tough isn't always enough, anything can happen in a fight, and why talk **** and set yourself up for an irony and a disaster.
The ten thousand word essays online, about honor, and respect, come from guys/gals who are often hard to trace to many actual fights. What do you do when you don't like to get hit, and still love martial arts? You post online about honor and the d3adly, and avoid the ring at all costs, because who needs bruises? I'm sure I can fight, because I love it so much when I see jet lee fly across the screen.
10/11/2007 5:16am, #43Originally Posted by M1K3
It depends on what you are trying to get out of a MA.
If you do XMA, then kata and such are relevant. The problem comes in when they let the 12 year olds that worship them go to their heads.
There are lots of assholes in MMA/BJJ. Just look around at Bullshido. They think that they are better than TMA people. However, If I took ten TMA people I know there would be 6 that are arrogant.
If I took 10 MMA/BJJ people I know, there would be 4 that are arrogant.
However usually tha TMA arrogance stays in the set periods of whenever they are wearing their gi and belts.
MMA/BJJ pretty much stay arrogant all the time. They wear their Full Conatct Fighter shirts out and wear them the same as a TMA wears a belt.
Still, for the most part TMA people are shitty to under ranks, where more realistic arts seem to be more willing to help a newb out.
This is simply from my XP.
10/11/2007 8:00am, #44
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A lot of this is the exact same things you see with religions. I think martial arts without hard sparing are just like religions, so there are a lot of similarities."a martial art that has no rules is nothing but violence" - Kenji Tomiki
10/11/2007 8:14am, #45Originally Posted by FictionPimp
The difference being that there is an obvious amount of leader worship, but religion is about making "life choices", whereas TKD and what other McDojos have you are more about respect. Cults are more often about respecting and trusting (which is slightly different from faith) than about faith and choices.
In my experience, and from what I've seen of McDojos.
10/11/2007 8:20am, #46Originally Posted by oldman34
10/11/2007 8:33am, #47
Let me tell you what creates arrogance. Lack of dissenting opinions.
10/11/2007 8:36am, #48Originally Posted by MaverickZ
10/11/2007 8:38am, #49
I still think that arrogance is more of a person's nature than an effect caused by a martial art he may study. Many times it may just indicate a lack of maturity or even a defect in character.(reads ElbowBomber's stupidity) Some people are able to get past that stage, while others are never able to grow past it. Some people mistake self assurance as arrogance but the difference is easy to see. Arrogance is usually an ego driven thing,(read Rudy Abel's stupidity) while assurance is the quiet guy who calmly taps you at will. Look at any field of endeavor and you will find egos run wild. Computer geeks who become "King of the Nerds", more Jesus-est preachers, best collections of beer cans dude, etc. Personally, I'm the mostest under-educated dude. Spoutin off about arrogance.
10/11/2007 9:21am, #50Originally Posted by tom.f
For some reason the TMAs tend to promote an arrogance within themselves, and thus we look at the structure of many of them and find the underlying flaw. LACK OF PROOF. So much of what is done in a TMA Dojo is unfounded or unproven, and this leads to a mysterious air about their art, and it is something that is taken and run with. For the people in charge such as teachers and businessmen, this is great. People buying an intangible good, with promises that they're not sure about.
It suits the people in charge to make things look better than they are, and it suits the buyer to assume that what he is spending money on is automatically amazing, and the fact that no one is willing to prove them wrong just points them in that direction.
Like was said earlier, with no meritocracy, it all goes to the dogs. Look at politics once qualifications ceased to be an issue. Everyone wants their friends in. We have super present group think at all levels, and this is the problem.