What do I tell a guy who is convinced Kung fu is the best?
Ok boys (and girls) I need a bit of advice on how to handle a situation of the Martial Arts kind. My cousin (in his late 20's) loves the martial arts, particularly the eastern ones. He is a kung fu nut but has been out of practice for quite some time. He studied at an underground place for a few years but it wasent kung fu...he called it a mix of everything but made sure to be clear that it was NOT MMA, but thats not the point. He is always looking for a good kung fu place or just a martial arts place in general but 1 issue always comes up.
He thinks kung fu is simply better then everything else. Its almost like im dealing with a 16 year old sometimes, who has watched to many movies. I honestly dont know what to do. Im still looking for a martial arts place myself and I also want to give kung fu a shot but some of the arguments I hear from him make me wonder.
He FIRMLY believes in chi and all that it can (supposedly) do.
In his mind kung fu is more deadly then anything else, perhaps not harder hitting but just...better.
Most people who bash kung fu know nothing of its power.
He views the fights that you see in movies as being semi realistic and possible to some degree.
He claims the "Animal styles" are some of the deadliest fighting arts period.
He wants to learn Drunkin Fist because apparently its practical.
He wants to also, go to the Shaolin Temple and train with the monks for a few years, he claims he will come back as an amazing fighter
He just recently found a guy who claims he can teach him Wushu that can be applied in real combat and is "what Jackie Chan" knows
There are more but I cant think of anything else specific.
So honestly guys......what do I do? Am I dealing with a delusional man-child who needs to be woken up or is he perhaps on to something?? He TALKS like he knows what he's doing but from everything i've seen....yes SOME kung fu styles can be effective but none of them seem to be the "unbeatable art" he seems to be looking for.
What do I do? What do I say to him?
Encourage him to do an amateur fight of any type, or change the subject to some obnoxious bullshit you can espouse. I recommend Nibiru or the nefarious scheme of water flouridation.
I'm not sure I understand this thread.
Kung fu IS the best.
Tell him to go to Shaolin temple. Help him find one of them, raise a few bucks, etc.
For the most part, people like him get very upset after using a squat toilet once.
Hopefully he will find a good Kung fu school. Once he has trained for say 6 months or more, offer to take him to a reputable BJJ or Judo gym so he can see the differences in approach to fighting. Branching out will help your friend become a well rounded martial artist and possibly open his eyes a little.
You know, there is good kung-fu out there. Why not just encourage him to find a school that spars? Even shuai jiao and sanda have plenty of goofy kung-fu exercises that he might like as a cultural index.
Simple solution is to get him in a good school. Once there, the students and instructors will correct his beliefs. Notice, I did not say stop or change, I said correct. There is nothing wrong with someone thinking their style is the best. The Gracies created a multimillion dollar empire on that belief.
You should fight him and see what happens. Either you win and he gains or he wins and you gain.
Originally Posted by Jack Napier
When we were kids, my cousin once punched me square in the face while I was dressed like a ninja. It was a great lesson, because I leaned for sure I was not a ninja.
Last edited by W. Rabbit; 5/22/2013 9:29pm at .
Ive actually found something. Can anyone give me any info on the Ling Nam Siu Lum Kung Fu Academy? On long island.
Originally Posted by It is Fake
I looked at the website, seems like the head instructor goes WAY back.
Didn't see any mention of sparring on that site (which doesn't mean that they don't.)
How about these guys who at least have a little fun and compete. (Note, I'm not saying that those vids demonstrate high-level gongfu, but they have good yi.)
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