How many people do you know that have been dedicated to something for more than three decades? Hell, most marriages don’t even last a year these days. But that is how long I have been involved in martial arts in one shape or form. Clearly my role in martial arts has little to do with getting rich, because if that was the case, I chose the wrong profession. No, and as I have noted elsewhere martial arts is an integral part of my life, for many reasons, but most importantly because the experience on the mat has helped me work through a lot of trauma from my childhood. In other words, money or not, I would do it anyway.
I get asked all the time what do I think about X martial arts instructor, X style or method of martial arts. With the advent of social media, I made a decision that I would never comment by ‘name’ on other people’s work in the martial arts industry. The truth is, not only have I had my fair share of people taking a short video clip that may surface of my work totally out of context, but I am well aware of the martial trolls out there that just like to be assholes. I don’t want to be one of those guys. Notwithstanding, there are so many keyboard warriors these days, some of which are proclaimed experts in the field of martial arts themselves who love to trash talk other people’s work on social media — yet never produce anything of value themselves. At the very least, if you going to call out someone by ‘name’ and attempt to discredit what they are teaching, you should offer a visual counter method of what you believe would work.
As simple as this is going to sound, if you training in some form of martial arts, and if what you are training/learning as a fighting approach doesn’t look similar to what you do when you are working against an uncooperative, resisting opponent — you may want to reconsider the validity of what you are spending your time in training.
Chances are if you took psych as an undergrad you may have come across Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. This is a theory of human motivation posited by Abraham Maslow, a psychologist in 1943. I have used a modified form of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs with my own students. I find that, often, people are not clear on their motivations for taking up martial arts.
Why would this even be important?