There have been a few humorous video clips posted recently by martial artists on Youtube which I have seen and had a good laugh at. I think that the intention behind these clips has been good in highlighting a dangerous preoccupation with confrontation within the martial arts industry, so my intention is certainly not to denigrate the martial artists concerned. I would, however, like to discuss the danger of taking this tongue-in-cheek humour seriously. I have heard some of my students mention the tactic portrayed in the video clips in jest and we all know that what is mentioned casually in jest can sometimes program our response in real situations.
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