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Welcome to the Martial Arts hub of the No Nonsense Self-Defense site. For reasons you'll soon see, this hub is divided into two parts:
Each addresses a
different aspect of the martial arts.
Summation Of The
The culture section is about the many pitfalls, problems and scams you will encounter in the martial arts subculture.
Although they are often presented as such, the
two subjects are
not the same. Here's an expanded explanation
of the differences.
Martial Arts Training
Despite what many accuse us of we really are here to help you become a better martial artist. We're not going to do that by teaching you 'our' style or selling you something. Our goal is to help you become better at what you do.
The concepts provided in the
training hub will help you with common problems
encountered in your training (like your blocks not
working). It will expand your understanding of what
it takes for any martial system to work.
Martial Arts Culture
Oh yeah, and the skanky practices practiced by the businesses and individuals who claim to teach MA/SD/RBSD/WSD/DT. This includes information that will get you killed or put in prison.
Unfortunately, we're neither joking or overstating that.
After a collective time of nearly 65 years in the arts and self-defense training world, we can state with utter assurance that you willrun into these issues. It's the nature of the beast.
While there is a lot of good out in the martial arts world, there's a lot of bad as well. And you need to know about both before you plunk your money down.
Let me frame that last in another way. While there IS good training out there, there's a lot more bad training. Unfortunately, there's a strong correlation between bad training and the issues we talk about in the MA Culture hub.
Simply stated most of what you think you know about the martial arts is... well, marketing. Many people think that being in the martial arts automatically means you're being taught certain things. This isn't true. In fact, it is far from true. You can start by considering the number one reason people come to the martial arts. We dare to ask: ARE the Martial Arts good for self-defense? (Spoiler alert. You're going to be unpleasantly surprised when you find out how much you aren't being taught about self-defense.)
Add to this there is a lot of dysfunction, profiteering, bad behavior and dishonesty in the MA/SD/RBSD/WSD/DT worlds that is hidden under the guise of training, tradition, focus and self-defense. This up to and including full blown martial art cults. They're looking for recruits.
We're pulling the curtain back on these issues to
show you if you are being 'taken for a ride' or not.
To do this, we have drawn from fields outside the
martial arts to show that:
For example: When we are talking about the business practices of martial arts, we are talking business and not martial arts.
These are practices that come from outside of the MA and have been adapted to run a financially successful martial art school. Often from fields like health clubs and health and fitness marketing, products and magazines. Others, like having senior students teach for free as 'part of belt advancement' isn't ancient martial tradition. It's free labor for the school owner. Or testing fees...
We should warn you: There are some uncomfortable truths here. In fact, we routinely receive hate mail saying we are condemning and disrespecting 'the martial arts.'
That isn't our intent. The attitude underlying the MA Culture hub is "The critique of organized religion is not a condemnation of God"
However, many people don't realize this (or they don't want to). Restressing: We are not here to 'bash the martial arts,' but rather to critically examine what goes on under the guise of martial art training.
In this we lay bare many of the problems inherent in commercialized, modern martial art systems and organizations. There is a lot of seriously non-kosher behavior going on in the fields of MA/SD/RBSD/WSD/DT. And if you have bought into this dysfunction, then the section is going to be very uncomfortable for you to read.
If you haven't bought in, this
information can help you find a good
school and keep you from burning out.
Why We Do This
You'll hear a lot of people on the Internet talking about our motivations for doing what we do. And boy oh boy, do they manage to get it wrong ...
Why do we do it? Well here's the answer.