- With car bombings, drive-by shootings, and snipers, how could martial arts training be of any use?
- I don't need no stinking Kung Fu, I got me a 45!
With car bombings, drive-by shootings, and snipers, how could martial arts training be of any use?
Once the bullets start flying, wouldn't you want to get the hell out of the way, and wouldn't that require some physical ability, stamina, and speed? Wait - did he just say that a trained martial artist would be good at running and hiding? Perspective folks, perspective. Here are the two primary goals of martial arts:
- Avoid conflict
- Survive conflict
I don't need no stinking Kung Fu, I got me a 45
Nice 'tude there bub. So, how's that whole 45 thing working out for you in the airport, the daycare, church, ball park, public school, swimming pool, government office, or countless other places you are required to be unarmed? Or better yet, you're at the company picnic and that guy from Accounting has had too much to drink and starts pushing your son around. Are you going to shoot him? Or when a panhandler grabs your wife's wrist on the street begging for "just a few bucks?" - you going to pull out your six shooter and go all Clint Eastwood on him? Really?
The value of martial arts training goes way beyond defending yourself - sure if it comes down to hand-to-hand combat the one who has more training usually wins. In fact, I've heard from professional law enforcement experts that martial artists tend to have better judgment and reaction times when using a firearm. The benefits just never end.
It shouldn't be an either / or conversation. "I don't need no stinking spoons, I got a fork. Now, pass me some soup."