Is Modern Martial Arts Bad For Your Health?

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  • Ryan Walsh
    October 31, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Excellent video!! It was great to hear your personal history and to understand your reasons for setting up the training environment the way you do! Crazy Monkey is very unique because of your philosophy and proves you can have effective performance and self defence training without the aggression and ego. I’m very proud to be a part of it!

  • Ken
    October 31, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    I like the message in this blog a lot. You have certainly made me re think my martial arts mentality over the years of fallowing you. Love it Rodney keep it up bro.
    Ken- Michigan USA

  • Chris Bishop
    October 31, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Love it. Get your MONKEY ON!

  • Fabrizio De Rubeis
    November 1, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Great Piece Rodney we need to Take this to a larger Scale..Save the martial Art World before its too Late…Cmd-MJ is the Future.

  • Robert
    January 13, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Very excellent teachings. I find this very important.

    I’ve played in the martial arts for decades. In the last decade, I moved more toward so-called Combatives and less martial-arty styles. I did this in an effort to streamline my training to focus almost exclusively on very combatively applicable methods, as opposed to stylistic methods unique to a particular martial art that, while perhaps being possible to pull off, seemed not probable. You know…some MA styles just look a little bullshitty :).

    But…I’m older now (early 50’s), and your video takes me back to my early days when I was a young man. I honestly then did enter the martial arts because of my search for wholeness, inner strength and, quite frankly, a definition/sense of masculinity and what it means to be a man (having no father figure on which to model anything).

    Somewhere this early aim toward something greater than mere physical prowess got lost. Your video speaks a ton of truth, and I resonate strongly with it in reference to what I have shared.

    Really, truly, what is the value of martial arts training if (for most of us) we are honestly not that likely to get assaulted in life? What is the martial art actually doing for us, remembering the fact that we human are not just martial beings, but multi-faceted beings with duties and responsibilities that far transcend the ability to aggressively fight. Now don’t get me wrong. I am a huge proponent of being able to fight if the need be. But…I’m also just as huge a proponent that we all need to be evolving toward becoming better human beings, better planetary citizens, kinder, more compassionate.

    And even if you are in a profession like law enforcement (I am retired law enforcement), why practice something over and over and over which, as you describe (i.e., neuroplasticity) changes you into a human being *less* able to deal peaceably with others? Why not back off the raged up approach where you’re living in hypervigilance (perceiving enemies where there may be done) and losing the crazed overly-caffeinated ninja look :).

    I speak from experience, having frequented circles in the last decade where this was the norm. There is value, yes, in battle-testing oneself. There is also, however, value in making sure that battle-testing is done in the totality of human life, instead of allowing human life to fade into the background, being left with battle-eyes which, over time, and collectively, will not lead to a saner personal or social life.

    Great article. It takes me back to my early days when I intuited that the martial arts *could* lead one to becoming a better human being. There is so much more to the martial arts than simply being prepared to eye-jab someone.

    So glad that I’m finding a home with you :).


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