Saturday, January 21, 2006

Fists of Fury: The Pathological Martial Artist

I stole the first half of the title for this posting from a famous Bruce Lee movie of the same name. Recently I read somewhere that every black belt supposedly goes through some "killer elite wannabe stage". Give me a break. Karate-ka that have hands registered as weapons is urban mythology, although in a lawsuit, hurting someone(for any reason) could prove to be problematic if you have a known background in any style of the fighting arts.

Does anyone remember the bad sensei from the movie The Karate Kid? Most people don't realize that there are alot of people out there(teaching martial arts) that are just like that. Honor, ethics, and character development go right out the window. These knuckleheads are teaching our kids! A jiu-jitsu school owner from a nearby town was forced to close after the village mayor received numerous complaints about the behavior of the violence fixated instructor. Unfortunately, some martial arts students wind up getting more of what they're trying to avoid in the first place.

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Blogger Clint said...

Even worse are the cases where long time martial arts studio owners get busted for child molestation and other abuse. I know of at least two such cases where both got convicted and had to spend prison time. Then there are some of the UFC fighters who certainly have bad attitudes.

5:16 PM  
Blogger Mathieu said...

I haven't seen one sensei like that yet.

Still, I have seen thieves amongst Sensei.

That was something.

No matter how good they get, humans will be humans.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Mir said...

What makes me sorrow is the thought that the students were looking to improve themselves, trusted the Sensei to guide them, and were led into pride instead of humility, violence instead of control, and anger instead of calmness. Thank goodness for the Karate Kid movie that exposes a worthy, and admirable Sensei in Mr. Miyagi's character.

9:23 PM  
Blogger The Shaolin said...

First off, you have a wonderful blog here!!! Will have to read through all your posts :-)
I'm a great Martial Arts fan,have imensely deep respect for the true skills, as opposed to just physical toughness.
I've seen many Senseis who just insist on raw power. Those guys are real tough, but only on outside. I could see this difference only because my Sensei chose to teach true art. He always said, your body should be strong, but your techniques should be so strong and accurate that the opponent should never be able to come close! I believed him!

6:50 AM  
Blogger Stephen Irwin said...

It seems that any idiot with a black belt can start a school.

In the UK at least efforts are being made to promote good practices and a professional approach to coaching (even if the instructor is doing it part time).

Our association requires all instructors to have a suitable coaching qualification, proof of technical ability, full professional indemnity insurance and a police check ("Criminal Record Bureau" check).

A black belt doesn't automatically make someone an instructor...

5:34 PM  

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