Here Be Monsters
No matter what you do for a living I’m sure there are a few people in your profession that make you more than a little embarrassed. So it goes.
I’ve studied the Martial Arts for about 30 years. I love them. I like the training and the teaching. I like knowing how to take care of myself and the people around me. I even like many of the people I’ve met. None the less there are a few things I really fucking hate about martial artists. Here’s a quick, but absolutely not fully inclusive, list:
1- No style is any better than another one. Get over yourself.
2- There is no ‘secret technique’. Grow the fuck up. Hard work, persistence and understanding are the only damn secret.
3- Martial arts aren’t magic. You can’t dodge bullets, float through the air, etc. You can occasionally throw someone without touching them if your timing is perfect and you catch their intention but that’s skill, not some mystical force.
4- Training will not automatically make you wiser, more patient, more spiritual, or give you self esteem and confidence. You can learn these things but only if you specifically work on them.
5- If you only train in one style you are limited. Period.
6- Martial sports are fine but they aren’t martial arts. Some day I’ll explain the difference.
Now go train.