There are some hilarious videos on Youtube which capture people trying to do physical training in weird and wonderful ways. These videos are often entitled “Gym Fail” videos. My favourite is the bloke on the cable pulley machine doing powered jumps using the falling weight stack to catapult himself into the air. He really looks like he is enjoying himself immensely. While I agree that most of these videos showcase people who are ignorant of gym etiquette or physical training theory, it does lead to some interesting questions: Who decides when someone is performing an exercise incorrectly and why are we so quick to judge people who do unconventional forms of physical training?
There are many points of difference in the way that we operate as a martial arts school when we are compared with other, conventional schools. Most of these points of difference become clear only to students who enroll and train with us for some time. One of these points of difference which is immediately obvious to all applicants and can be a major stumbling block to potential students is the interview process.
Initial acceptance into our school is dependent on a successful interview with the head of the school. Some people find this big and scary. They have had to successfully sit interviews to win employment, but why do they need to do this to learn martial arts? Surely it should just be as easy as rocking up on the day, paying your ten dollars and getting your Big Mac With A Side Order Of Kung Fu Training. Super-size that Kung Fu Kick, please!
We live in a society amongst hundreds of thousands or even millions of other people. Behavioural laws have developed in order to ensure that our society runs smoothly. Without these laws, social interaction would become increasingly dangerous. The breakdown of these social laws is explored in many apocalyptic movies and series. A popular modern phenomenon is the zombie apocalypse genre which explores how the breakdown of social laws makes life increasingly dangerous for the survivors who have to contend violently with other humans jostling for dwindling resources.
I’ve wanted to share my thoughts on the raging and often very personal arguments that erupt from time-to-time between martial arts adherents on web forums and in the comments sections of videos and photos. The comments and claims that I’ve seen in these arguments often boil down to the title of this post.
Before I launch into this brief article, I may need to explain a bit about what a form is to ensure that my readers are all on the same page, so to speak. A form is a sequence of movements generally practised in a traditional martial art to refine and develop fighting technique and response. The word ‘Kata’ is probably more familiar to Western audiences because of the overwhelming popularity of Japanese systems of martial arts. A form is basically a ‘Kata’.
Toowoomba would most likely not feature on anyone’s list of places outside of the East that might be considered as having a strong enough cultural connection to China to sustain the practice of traditional Chinese Martial Arts. And yet Toowoomba is where we have located the Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre Australia’s permanent training facility. ...
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