Recently I’ve noticed some extremely disturbing  trends in the current martial arts world. Now I realize I may piss off a lot of cohorts by writing about this generally hidden-in-plain-sight issue in the industry, and I’m okay with that potentiality. The martial arts world simply does not provide what the majority of people want nor what they need. A paradigm shift would seem to be called for, as it would in any other industry during evolutionary processes inter-field but, alas, it simply won’t happen in this instance. I just don’t see it. That would take self-reflection. Doing heavy research in a vast number of areas. Handing in our pride, ego and maybe even all those colored belts. (I’m willing if you are)

We are bass ackwards in our view. Title-whoring. Idolatry. Politics. Pecking orders. Elitism. Hell, racism. Skewed histories and downright lies. We are a service industry and people pay us (like a plumber, carpenter, janitor, electrician) to provide them with something needed, hopefully with honesty and ethically. NOT to get a mountaintop guru that feeds them the bullshit they want to hear. We assume secretly that people are stupid and laugh about it behind closed doors with other killers-in-their-own-minds. They, the public, are not. This is, quite possibly, the most information-savvy public in the history of humankind, at this very moment. I hate to say it, but they are often the ones laughing at us.

The majority of instructors, I’d be willing to bet, have never done any market research on what the average citizen is actually looking for. From most average folk that I’ve talked to, the perception is two-fold: 1. The pyjama-wearing, barefoot, color-belted, screamer who hits air and goes through multi-cultural rituals that usually don’t pertain to his/her own. 2. The tough guy who walks around glaring at people and acting out on misplaced child opportunities to express him/herself demonstratively. Very rarely does the cerebral professional whose goal is to train you to stay out of the dangerous spots come to mind. We are missing a huge demographic that will never find themselves on the inside of a “dojo”. They see a never-ending supply of vast physical responses to all situations, outdated methodologies, no classroom time or analysis of current crime and reverse-engineering to address it. A systemic linear curriculum. (From my experience, which may or may not be correct from your vantage point – and that’s okay – violence is not, linear that is: it’s organic, fluid and varying and graduating suddenly on a sliding scale of escalation.)

We continue to play these parlor games of long-term syllabi and progressive learning curve, oftentimes being negligent at best, putting our students directly in harm’s way at worse. Teaching what in the real world would amount to murder. (16-cut lethal knife solution to single right cross, anyone?) No address of local laws. Post-event LE interactions. The varying phases of adrenaline. Spatial considerations. Situational and environmental awareness. Internet safety. Defensive driving and car safety – in the plainest terms, not like Jason Bourne, just learning how to simply drive defensively. Anatomy. Psychology. 1st Aid. What constitutes self-defense and what not. Body language – both yours and “theirs”.

Most seemingly do not understand, don’t care, only pay lip service as it’s boring content or worse, don’t even know about the difference between social and asocial (dueling/matchfighting and violent one-sided crime/victim selection) violence nor the difference in prep for each being unique unto itself. And when this is brought up, one gets the stereotypical response. “Come to my club and we’ll see who knows about violence!” “I’ll meet you at this time and this place to discuss this further” “If I were there, I’d kick your ass.” Listen, when I say the vast majority of martial arts don’t work, I’m not saying physically they’re not capable of being functional. (although this is another issue entirely, just not for this article) What I am saying is they simply don’t address modern needs, modern scenarios, modern problems, modern criminals nor modern legal/ethical/psychological/moral complexities. They don’t. At least not the way the majority teach them. We teach 95% physical, 5% mental. What people face is 95% mental (physiological/emotional/moral/psychological), 5% physical. Ass-backwards. I’ve far too often heard from instructors: “Okay, Johnny, be situationally-aware out there, alright? Great! Now let’s get back to hitting the heavy bag (grappling/striking/cutting ad infinitum)!” Meanwhile, Johnny is left to wonder that something really bloody important was just glossed over at the expense of curriculum/syllabus. As he has no clue of what “situationally aware” means, what he’s supposed to look for and what it means even if he does.

Here’s an axiom I always revert back to, it helps me both sleep at night and look in the mirror the next morning: “I teach nothing that I wouldn’t use personally to defend the lives of myself or my family.” Now, I know this will be perceived as a macho testosterone-filled statement but, in actuality, this also means not taking myself out of their lives and putting in jeopardy my ability to provide for them stupidly and irrationally. It means analyzing situations, both in the moment and well-before (visualization/risk analysis) so I have a plan of assessment as to what constitutes worthwhile and what simply doesn’t. (HINT: Social media doesn’t) It means not getting killed or seriously-injured nor doing the same to anyone else out of pride or ego. It means not screwing my family over with a mountain of legal bills post-incident. And it means not making important decisions with either my lizard brain or what’s conveniently-covered by my boxers. (boxers vs. briefs will be left for a future article) Now I know most would say they want someone who’s been there/done that with regards to violence or at least pressure-testing/resistance-training, and this I agree with. (Delivering damage is different than “squaring off”, all other avenues being exhausted) But I also often ask this as well, to play devil’s advocate, which allows for some thought a little further down the rabbit hole of context on one’s experience with said violence: “Can someone who simply can’t ever seem to stay out of the shit, away from violence, teach someone else counter-violence or personal protection?” It is a fine line and there are those out there who come from both worlds but they are becoming increasingly hard to find.

Maybe this is an overreaction. Maybe not. But we run the risk of becoming redundant in the martial arts world. A caricature of ourselves. Stagnant. We walk a fine line of self-importance that quite honestly wouldn’t be tolerated in another line of work or other industries. Hammer and nail theory. Evolution is good. Healthy. Self-assessment and self-realization are the pillars of that evolution. Ego, politics, status and status quo are the destroyers. I’ve chosen not to play the game any longer. The mirror? Well, still having problems but that’s a matter of prettiness or lack thereof, not ability to look.


  1. This is a fantastic statement and approach. We could all benefit from at least the consideration of these ideas.

  2. At Next Generation Village, we recognize that diet pill
    addiction treatment must go deeper than simply
    quelling the use of pills.

  3. For most up-to-date information you have to visit world-wide-web and on internet I found this website as a most excellent website for most
    recent updates.

    Also visit my homepage: US Magazine

  4. all the time i used to read smaller articles which as well
    clear their motive, and that is also happening with this article which
    I am reading here.

    Take a look at my homepage: US Magazine

  5. เว็บข่าวสารบอล เว็บไซต์ข่าวที่เกี่ยวข้องกับกีฬา
    เว็บไซต์ข่าวที่เกียวข้องกับเรื่องกีฬา ข่าวเกี่ยวกับกีฬาวันนี้ ติดตาม ข่าวที่เกี่ยวกับกีฬาออนไลน์
    เว็บข่าวเกี่ยวกับกีฬา หรือ
    วิถีทางการตำหนิดตามข่าวสารเกี่ยวกับ กีฬาแต่ละจำพวก เพื่อที่คุณจะไม่พลาดแม้แต่วินาทีเดียวสำหรับเว็บ ข่าวเรื่องกีฬาออนไลน์
    นี้จะมีสาระสำหรับผู้ที่ติดตามอยู่เสมอเวลาอย่างไม่ต้องสงสัย พวกเราได้วางแบบ
    เว็บไซต์ข่าวที่เกี่ยวกับเรื่องกีฬา ให้มีการติดตาม ทุกความเคลื่อนไหวในวงการกีฬา มันจึงเหมาะอย่างมากสำหรับท่านใดที่กำลังมองหาเว็บไซต์ ข่าวที่เกี่ยวข้องกับกีฬา 7m

  6. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find many of your
    post’s to be exactly I’m looking for. Do you offer guest
    writers to write content for you? I wouldn’t mind publishing a
    post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write in relation to here.
    Again, awesome website!

    My blog weed edibles

  7. What i do not understood is if truth be told how you are
    not really much more well-preferred than you might be now.
    You’re very intelligent. You know therefore considerably in the case of this subject, produced me in my opinion consider
    it from numerous varied angles. Its like women and men don’t seem to be fascinated unless it is something to do with Girl gaga!

    Your individual stuffs great. At all times maintain it up!

    Look at my web-site :: best THC vapes

  8. You’ve made some good points there. I checked on the net to learn more about the issue and found most individuals
    will go along with your views on this website.

    Review my web page … THC Gummies

  9. Having read this I believed it was very informative. I appreciate you spending some
    time and effort to put this article together.

    I once again find myself spending way too much
    time both reading and commenting. But so what, it was still
    worth it!

  10. I was wondering if you ever thought of changing the page layout of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the way of content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having 1 or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    My web site :: how to find weed (

  11. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as
    though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You definitely know what youre talking about, why throw away your intelligence on just posting videos to
    your blog when you could be giving us something informative
    to read?

  12. You’re so awesome! I do not think I have read through a single thing like that before.
    So wonderful to discover someone with genuine thoughts on this subject
    matter. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up. This site is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with a bit
    of originality!

    Take a look at my blog post :: olej cbd bol glowy

  13. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this excellent
    blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding
    your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates
    and will talk about this website with my Facebook group.

    Talk soon!

  14. Nice post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and
    I am impressed! Extremely helpful information specifically the remaining phase 🙂 I
    take care of such info much. I used to be looking
    for this particular info for a very lengthy time.
    Thank you and best of luck.

  15. I’m not sure where you are getting your info, but great topic.

    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this info for my mission.

  16. Hmm it seems like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long)
    so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m
    thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to
    the whole thing. Do you have any helpful hints for novice
    blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

  17. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I do not know who you are but certainly you’re
    going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  18. Helpful informаtіon. Fortunate me I found уour site by chance, and I’m surprised why this twist
    of fatе did not toоk place earlier! І bookmarked it.

  19. เบทฟลิกซ์ เว็บเกมสล็อตทุกค่าย และการปั่นสล็อตแนวใหม่ บริการผ่านระบบใหม่ล่าสุด
    เติม – ถอน ออโต้ ช่องทางเข้าเล่นเกมสล็อตและเกมคาสิโนออนไลน์แบรนด์ยอดนิยมจัดให้ในที่นี่ จากชื่อเรา
    Betflik สมัคร ทางเข้าเล่นเกมสล็อตออนไลน์
    เกมส์ยิงปลาออนไลน์ รวมถึงคาสิโนออนไลน์เยอะกว่า 8888
    เกม บริการโดยค่ายผู้สร้างเกมโดยตรงกว่า 20

    เดิมพันสล็อตบนเวป betflik official ได้ทันที ไม่ต้องโหลดแอพลิเคชั่น แค่เลือกสมัครสมาชิก betflik สมัครรับยูสเดียว คุณสามารถพบกับทางเข้าเล่นเกมส์สล็อต ยิงปลาออนไลน์ และเกมส์ต่างๆ จากหลายๆค่ายคาสิโนดัง
    22 เกม เล่นสล็อตผ่านทางเข้าbetflikทางเข้าใช้งานได้ไม่ต้องติดตั้งแอพลิเคชั่น ยกตัวอย่าง
    เช่น งสล็อต JOKER123, SLOT PG, PPSLOT, สล็อตBPG, SLOTPS

    เบทฟลิก ยังบริการแทงคาสิโนสด บัคคารา เสือ-มังกร เกมส์เดิมพันรูปแบบต่าง จากค่ายดัง เช่น AECASINO, SAGAMING,
    DREAM GAMING, WMCASINO เราเอาเกมสล็อตและคาสิโนทั้งหมด มาไว้ให้เว็บเดียว ที่ BETFLIK บริการโดยระบบฝาก-ถอนอัตโนมัติสุดรวดเร็ว
    ระบบสมาชิกที่ใช้ง่ายเดิมพันผ่านแท็บเล็ตหรือโทรศัพท์มือถือของท่านทั้งแพลตฟอร์ม Apple และ android

  20. Ꮋеllo, i read yοur bloɡ from time to time and i own a similar
    one and i waas јust ϲurious iif you gget а lot օf spam commеnts?
    If ѕo how Ԁo you protfect against it, any pluɡin or anything
    you cann advіse? I get so much ⅼately it’s driving mme insɑne so any asѕistance іs
    very mhch аppreciated.

  21. obviously like your web site however you need to test the spelling on several of your posts.
    Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I to
    find it very bothersome to inform the truth
    nevertheless I will certainly come back again.

  22. This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your fantastic post.

    Also, I have shared your website in my social networks!

  23. Ähnlich wie beim Kamikaze Preisvergleich Strom lassen wir uns
    hier alle Tarife anzeigen, auch alle Tarife pro Versorger.

  24. If you want to improve your know-how only keep visiting this web page and be updated with
    the newest news posted here.

  25. I like the valuable info you supply in your articles. I
    will bookmark your blog and take a look at again right here regularly.

    I’m relatively sure I’ll learn plenty of new stuff proper right
    here! Good luck for the following!

  26. Fantastic beat ! Ι wiѕһ to apprentice whilst уou amend your site, hоѡ ϲould i subscribe for a weblog web site?
    Тhe account helped mе a applicable deal. Ι hɑd Ƅeen tiny bіt acquainted of this yօur broadcast
    provіded shiny clеar idea

  27. Every weekend i used to go to see this web
    page, because i wish for enjoyment, for the reason that this this
    website conations actually good funny material too.

  28. Great blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A design like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my blog
    jump out. Please let me know where you got your design. Kudos

  29. Hmm it seems like your site ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess
    I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m
    thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog
    blogger but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any recommendations for novice blog writers?
    I’d definitely appreciate it.

  30. Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading correctly.
    I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried
    it in two different internet browsers and
    both show the same outcome.

  31. Hey, thanks for making this. If you have any interest in Custom Premium Uniforms check us out!

    It was really cool getting to learn more about your business.

    Keep up the great work!
    Thanks for sharing this. We are a Premium Uniforms Custom Team Jerseys company, but love hearing about what other people do.

    Great Job and Good Luck!

  32. I simply wanted to thank you yet again for the
    amazing web page you have designed here. Its full of useful tips for those who are definitely interested in this specific subject, especially this very post.
    You’re really all so sweet plus thoughtful of others
    and reading your blog posts is an excellent delight in my opinion. And that of a generous present!
    Ben and I are going to have pleasure making use of your
    guidelines in what we have to do in a few weeks. Our record
    is a distance long so your tips will certainly
    be put to good use.

  33. Do you have a spam problem on this blog; I also am a blogger,
    and I was wondering your situation; many of us have developed some nice procedures and we are looking to swap solutions with others, why not shoot me an email if interested.

  34. بله یکی از ضرورت های خرید گیم تایم بازی کردن شدولند است.

    این نسخه شامل پیش خرید World of Warcraft: Shadowlands و دسترسی زودتر به شوالیه های مرگ برای نژادهای متحدین و پاندارن با به روز رسانی محتوای Visions of N’Zoth است.

  35. I was suggested this web site by way of my cousin. I’m
    now not positive whether this submit is written by
    means of him as nobody else recognise such distinctive about my problem.

    You are incredible! Thank you!

  36. Τһis is rеally fascinating, Ⲩou are an excessively skilled blogger.
    Ӏ have joined your rss feed ɑnd look ahead to in quest of mߋre of your excellent post.

    Additionally, Ι’ve shared үour web site іn my social networks

  37. all the time i used to read smaller content that
    also clear their motive, and that is also happening with this piece of writing which I
    am reading here.

  38. You actually make it appear so easy along with your presentation but I find this matter to be
    actually one thing that I feel I might by no means
    understand. It seems too complex and very extensive for me.
    I’m having a look forward to your next publish, I’ll try to get the dangle of it!

  39. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before but
    after browsing through some of the posts I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely delighted I discovered it and I’ll be bookmarking
    it and checking back frequently!

  40. When someone writes an article he/she keeps the image of
    a user in his/her mind that how a user can understand it. So
    that’s why this post is amazing. Thanks!

  41. Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i
    was just wondering if you get a lot of spam responses?

    If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me insane so any
    support is very much appreciated.

  42. I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I come across a blog that’s both equally
    educative and amusing, and without a doubt, you have hit the nail on the head.

    The issue is something which too few people are speaking intelligently about.
    Now i’m very happy that I stumbled across this during my
    search for something concerning this.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.