Many people in my social circle who don't train in martial arts will sometimes tell others that, "He knows karate." Sometimes you'll hear children that have started training say they…
Every time I start to talk about hand to hand self defense, there’s always someone that blows it off with some variation of the following mentality: “I’ll just shoot’em.” But there is a hidden danger in only having a gun for self defense.
The danger is that when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When all you have is a gun, everything looks like a shooting problem.
Here’s an example of how this way of thinking can go wrong.
Another active shooter mass murder at a school. All the same rhetoric about mental health, guns, armed teachers, etc. And of course...memes. Memes that take complex issues and turn them…
I think a lot of students and teachers place too much blind faith in martial art instructor credentials.
John is a cop, therefore he is a qualified shooting instructor. Jake was in the military so he knows everything about combat. Jack lives in Japan and is a Shihan with 25 years of training so he knows the true secrets of taijutsu.
To me, credentials are simply a starting point to take a moment to listen. It’s just a little bit of credibility. It doesn’t necessarily mean what that person says is the best. As students, we have to keep our critical thinking cap on. It’s okay to be skeptical.