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  •  Not at all what I'm talking about. (6+ / 0-)

    I mean, you're using facts and actual, honest-to-goodness common sense.

    I'm not talking about people like that, at all!

    ;-)

    •  Oh, amen. (5+ / 0-)

      Sorry - I got interrupted and posted that before finishing the thought.  What I should have added was that even back-in-the-day I would always shake my head at those who thought that their mastery of a martial art would mean being able to whip any opponent, deal with any threat without getting hurt or killed.  When I first started studying a martial art, I too was convinced of the superiority of it - but I soon got past that, and reflected upon the fact that even the best martial arts would still come out of a fight bruised, battered, and broken.  Hell, I broke more than a dozen bones in the course of my martial arts/combat days.  And that was while trying to be "safe" and at the top of my form.

      No - you get into fights, you get hurt.  No martial art will change that. Anyone who thinks otherwise won't think it for long once they get into the reality of things.

      Read or *listen to* my SF novel for free. (-7.13/-7.33)

      by Shadan7 on Tue Jun 15, 2010 at 10:20:29 AM PDT

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      •  In my own... (5+ / 0-)

        ...extremely limited pursuit of the martial arts, the very first thing I learned that, for the most part, what I was learning was great for someone else using the same martial art, by the same rules.

        Applying it to a "real" fight would just get me in trouble, unless and until I put in a lot of time and effort.  More, in fact, than my teacher could provide -- by his own admission.

        It was the lack of time that ended that pursuit, more than effort.  And, if I'm to be completely honest, interest.  It just wasn't my thing, at the time.  Now, any "combat" I do is scripted and choreographed, so as long as any potential assailant is willing to put in the weeks of rehearsal, I'll be set.

        :-)

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