Though it may be stated otherwise by others, self-defense in traditional martial art forms is legitimate. One bad teacher or instructor does not define an entire discipline of martial arts. There will always be ignorant people, less-than-perfect teachers. It is up to the individual to take the lessons learned, and apply them in their routines. Traditional, philosophical routines can complement modern, more physically-involved routines. They are not mutually exclusive. A good teacher will accept the wisdom of both disciplines, a poor teacher will reject aspects and scornfully try to discredit it.
- There is a longstanding debate about the efficacy of traditional martial arts styles.
- Regardless of your position on martial arts styles, it’s important that you start by doing your own research.
- There are some phony martial arts teachers, AKA Kung Fu Fakes, that tarnish the traditional arts.
“The road to becoming a master is partly paved by trusting what you do and who you learn it from.”