The final post in this series from which we martial arts bloggers learned:
1) How NOT to make a case for or against someone or something
2) Why certain comments set our teeth on edge
3) How to stay focused when discussing our arts
One thing I absolutely love about Karate is it’s been around awhile. Yes, I’m fully aware that the particular style I’m studying is less than a century old and maybe its founder is rolling around in his grave because of some of the changes that have taken place. I’m talking about Karate in general. Yes, I know Japanese Karate, which is where my style comes from, is different from Okinawan Karate. I’m looking over a pretty big swath of time and across cultures here. Anyway – back to my point. Karate’s long roots stretching back over time appeals to me. But is that the only reason I should keep studying? Absolutely not!
Appeal to tradition and appeal to modernity are propaganda techniques that might come in handy for advertising. Let’s keep them in that realm. Really and truly, can MMA claim to be better than Karate based on how “modern” it is? Can Karate claim to be better than MMA based on its traditions? NO. It’s all about what the student wants out of his or her art. Yes, advertise to attract the people you want. But don’t stop there. Give your potential students some real benefits to studying with you. Provide your credentials and some statistics.
Each art has its share of really impressive people. Learn. Keep an open mind. Most of all, please respect each other.
Thanks to Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn, the authors of _The Fallacy Detective_