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mrbigglesworth
12/08/2010 2:29pm,
I used to believe that any martial arts training, no matter how long you did it for would make you an instant badass. This kid in school did like 2 or 3 months of Tae Kwon Do at the YMCA and I assumed he could kick anyones ass in my school.

I thought the Tae Kwon Do that my buddy's little brother showed me was legit, as if he knew what he was doing. When I signed up for Uechi Ryu I told the instructor that I knew a little Tae Kwon Do that my friends brother showed me.

I used to believe you could kill someone by striking their nose in an upward fashion to drive the cartilage into their brain. Sadly many people still believe this.

I didn't believe that a street fighter could ever beat a black belt. I balked when I seen this in a movie once. I remember thinking, "how unrealistic is this! That guy is a blackbelt why didn't he win that fight?"

I believed Ninjitsu was the ultimate art to learn.

I believed professional wrestling was real.

hey man there are still people that believe that wrestling is real... thats really sad but true nonetheless. they estimated back in 03 that 65 percent of viewers believed it to be real.

izdemon
12/08/2010 2:36pm,
65% is a pretty high percentage. I suppose it could be true if they factored children into that number.

goodlun
12/08/2010 2:43pm,
hey man there are still people that believe that wrestling is real... thats really sad but true nonetheless. they estimated back in 03 that 65 percent of viewers believed it to be real.
That doesn't surprise me for some reason. Hell I have heard to many people reference fiction TV series for factual information on things plenty enough to know people are idiots.

Permalost
12/08/2010 2:44pm,
hey man there are still people that believe that wrestling is real... thats really sad but true nonetheless. they estimated back in 03 that 65 percent of viewers believed it to be real.
Who estimated this?

IsThisRight?
12/08/2010 6:27pm,
I'm also curious as to who this incredibly well informed "they" is.
Apparently "they" also said that a honda C90 can run off of old chip oil and be thrown from the top of a building several stories high and still run....

charlie echo
12/08/2010 7:55pm,
I thought my kicks could stop a MMA sparring partner. Nope, got me tired faster, but the hard punching got the respect as long as I had energy then the grapplers pummeled me on the mat then tap me out like I've never done real martial arts. One guys said, you kick like a Point fighter. Hmm, there goes my years of Seido Karate-do.

wrybosome
12/22/2010 11:46am,
For about six weeks I let myself be convinced that Aikido could work against an uncooperative opponent.

When I was a teenager I believed that all of the **** they did in Dune was at least possible.

For a long time I thought painting walls would develop my blocking skills.

Currently: I don't know what ridiculous crap I believe now, but I'm sure I'll be laughing about it in a few years.

PDA
12/22/2010 11:48am,
I believed that Frank Dux was the man.

Boneless
2/02/2011 10:45pm,
i used to believe that if i trained hard enough i could be any weightclass i wanted,
also i believed that a KO was just for weak people and that really strong people never get KOd

Hertzyscowicz
2/07/2011 4:15pm,
For a while, I used to think that this "Amature" (sic) thing people kept mentioning was some sort of a fight promotion or ruleset or whatever.

Rayneveres
3/05/2011 5:51am,
that Shou Shu was pure and unadulterated death

JSK_83
3/05/2011 10:15am,
Before I started taking karate, I originally thought that it was ineffective because of what the people around said about it. When I tried it out myself, I found out that it was extremely effective, as long as you know how to execute correctly.

excludedmiddle
3/06/2011 9:00pm,
The upward palm heel strike to the nose killing you thing.

I've heard this from my uncle who was in Army intelligence for 30 years, from Karate instructors, and even from an anatomy teacher. In theory it makes perfect sense, that an upward strike would force the knife-like blade of your crista galli (which is bone, not cartilage) straight into your brain. But if it were possible, it would have happened at least once in human history. Sadly, empirical evidence seems to always be disregarded when talking about martial arts outside of Bullshido.

excludedmiddle
3/07/2011 1:15am,
Also, what Coriavoiseesy said.

warlordgrego
3/07/2011 10:57am,
The old belief that size doesn't matter when fighting.

BS!

I'm a small guy, once I was sparring my combatives instructor who was 6'5 and 260lbs of pure muscle. He got tired of me wiggling out of some of his holds, so he just sat on my chest until I tapped out from lack of air.

Size does matter in a fight. Its why pro fighters have weight classes. Its why after over a decade doing fighting arts, I'm happy gtfo instead of fight for my life with a 6 foot tall ape of a man.

core1065
4/25/2011 9:47pm,
I believed you could use Nunchaku's in a modern street fight....