Pseudo-martial artists

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Pseudo-martial artists

There are two kinds of martial artists: genuine and pseudo. I have many genuine martial artist friends and some of them have become my students in boxing while continuing to practice their respected martial arts. Genuine martial artists are humble and respectful and learn their craft well in order to benefit themselves and others.

A pseudo martial artist is one who promotes himself or his ideas for fame or profit in a misleading or false way. Some of these individuals may actually sincerely believe in what they are promoting, however just because they may be sincere, that doesn’t mean that what they are saying and doing is correct or true.

This modern phenomena has been documented in Wikapedia as follows:

Asian martial arts experienced a surge of popularity in the west during the 1970s, and the rising demand resulted in numerous low quality or fraudulent schools. Fueled by fictional depictions in martial arts movies, this led to the ninja craze of the 1980s in the United States.[27] Somewhat outdated, but there was also numerous fraudulent ads for martial arts training programs, inserted into comic books circa the 1960s and 1970s, which were read primarily by adolescent boys .[28]

In another paragraph:

When the martial arts came to the United States in the seventies lowered rank kyus began to be given colorful belts to show progress. This proved to be commercially viable and colored-belt systems were adopted in many martial arts degree mills (also known as McDojos) as a means to generate additional cash . This was covered in Penn & Teller: Bullshi*! – episode “Martial Arts” (June 2010).

For whatever reason some of these pseudo martial artists have chosen to (figuratively) pick on boxing claiming they possess the skills and ability to nullify and defeat any boxer. Some of these individuals can be found on YouTube demonstrating how they would subdue a boxer. You will notice one key thing in common amongst them; they don’t engage real boxers!

They will always use one of their students like a best supporting actor, helping to promote their TV drama series, however it appears more like a comedy skit! And worse, a lot of beginners and sincere martial arts enthusiasts do not realize that it is fiction and are misled and will mislead others.

If these individuals were genuine martial artists they would have at least said that their system on how to defeat a boxer are merely logical possibilities (ie. theoretical) What must be understood is that just because something is logically possible it doesn’t meant that it is practical and would work in real life!

For example, it is logically possible for someone to jump off of a 12-storey building and survive yet it doesn’t necessarily mean that he will. It would be more correct for them to say their strategies may or may not work or they may work sometimes or maybe not at all. It really just depends on who the boxer is, his skill, experience, size etc.

In reality, the pseudo martial artist would probably prefer to jump off of a 12-storey building rather than have to fight a boxer!

Interestingly, it seems these pseudo martial artists and the like have existed throughout the ages and not only in our modern times. The legendary undefeated 16th century swordsman Miyamto Musashi writes in his book ‘The Book of Five Rings”

What I see on inquiry into other schools is that some are pretentious talkers, and some perform fancy maneuvers with their hands; even though they may look good to people, there is surely no true heart there at all .”

He further goes on to write:

“…they have their own reason, but it is logical for themselves alone; from the point of view of the real way of the world, it is illogical.”

It should be noted that he criticized and wrote about how to defeat practitioners of other fighting schools only after fighting and defeating them.

by: Daron Abdullah J. Laban

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