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By Tricia Sullivan Hello, everyone. Charlie has kindly invited me to post here because I am a science fiction writer. But for the next four guest posts I'm going to be talking about fighting, martial arts, the media, and women.
I have a lot to say.
In this first post I'll give you an idea of where I'm coming from when I'm talking about fighting. So you need to know that I started martial arts training when I was thirteen because as a young woman I was always being told I was a potential victim; I wanted to move past that.
It was kind of ironic how at sixteen, studying karate in Okinawa, I was singled out for 'special training' by one of the higher ranks, who then felt me up liberally and eventually propositioned me in front of his wife.
She was translating for him! But don't worry--we won't be going there. I just want to establish my background. I was kicked out of my first school for insubordination because while preparing to test for black belt I refused to train with the women and children, but other than that I was well-behaved.
I dabbled in various arts off and on throughout my teens and twenties. When I was 28 I started training with Steve Morriswho is known in Britain for his deep knowledge of fighting and its training methods. Steve taught me to hit. Eventually we hooked up and we are still together.
Through sixteen years as Steve's website administrator, camera guy and partner I have learned a lot about martial arts from a technical, historical, political and personal perspective.
Most people think of martial arts and fighting as being more or less synonymous. I see them as a Venn diagram of two sets that overlap by a tiny margin. This is because most martial artists don't fight and their training isn't directly based on what happens in a fight.
There are reasons for this. The problem of training for a fight is a tricky one. If an instructor puts students in an actual fight as opposed to highly controlled drills with restricted movesthey might get seriously hurt.
But if instructors can't create an accurate representation of a fight in the gym, trainees will never really be tested. To make up for the lack of fighting, martial arts typically focus on displays of fake combat that illustrate the combative moves that have been passed down through history. They may have non-contact or light contact fighting, but this only tests your ability to touch the other person with the techniques you have been taught--not your ability to hurt them for real much less take a beating yourself.
Most people who study martial arts study a system. Whether the system is historical like kung fu and karate or modern like Systema and Krav Maga the techniques are taught formally, with ranks, with semi-compliant drilling between members of the same school, and with a heavy dose of hierarchy that keeps everybody in their place.
With a few exceptions Gracie Barra jiu-jitsu is one system that grades predominantly through hard competition the idea of all-out fighting is a theoretical one, kept well in the background.
But fighting is chaotic. It doesn't systemize well and it's difficult to pass on as a body of knowledge. What people don't realize is that no matter how effective the founder of a discipline may have been in his or in the case of Wing Chun, her day, unless the practices of that system involve rigorous testing in realistic fighting conditions against non-compliant opponents from outside your system, you can never really know whether you can make their moves work for you.
It's not a big leap to get from martial arts to religion. To a greater or lesser degree, you are expected to take what's being taught to you on faith. There are a lot of problems with this, but perhaps the most offensive to me is the fact that a person can rise to high rank and great influence without possessing any fighting ability whatsoever.
Thus is born a cycle of bullshit. You have someone teaching you allegedly to fight, but they have no fighting experience themselves let alone the know-how to help you.
If you go along with this long enough, you can aspire to turn around and teach others one day. Ad infinitum; ad nauseum. I've been a part of that cycle.
When you realize what's going on, it's disheartening. And the more heavily you are invested in the hierarchy, the deeper the disillusionment, and the more difficult to throw away your investment. Even if your investment turns out to be shite. For years, even after I saw karate guys biting the dust against trained grapplers in the UFC cage, I believed that the great karate masters from my former school's lineage had some special combative power that was too dangerous for the UFC.
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