Martial Arts Culture Tuesday
A very common misconception about the martial arts is that we teach and encourage violence. This could not be farther from the truth. Martial artists as a whole are non-violent. Most if not all of us will do our best to avoid violence at all costs, to us violence is always a last resort. Even martial artists like UFC fighters and MMA fighters are not inherently violent. They fight because they enjoy the competition and because it is their job. One reason why martial artists are not violent is that as we study the arts we realize just how destructive we can be and how fragile the human body is. Even when in a conflict that has deteriorated beyond talking it out and the attacker is swinging in. Most martial artists will employ the rule of thirds. Check the strike, if they keep swinging block the strike, if they still continue strike them back. From there it is only necessary to hit until they stop trying to fight. This is what most martial artists will do, and what instructors should be teaching their students. I say most because yes, there is a small percentage of artists who are violent, but these individuals have simply not yet learned enough self control.