My Kung Fu is Better Than Your Kung Fu
Martial artists are petty. We all know it’s true, even if we don’t like to admit it. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a subculture that it more juvenile than the one we have chosen. We bitch and moan about everything and anything. We talk shit, bicker like schoolgirls, troll each other, and generally waste precious time and energy that could be spent training, debating pointless shit.
The concept of “live and let live” does not exist in our world.
However, one topic above all others baffles me. We love to debate which style would win in a fight over another style. We’ve all seen too many kung fu movies as far as I’m concerned. We all want to prove our Drunken Monkey can defeat someone else’s Tiger Crane.
This is what we waste our time with.
People love to ask me, as the founder of Libre Fighting, how I would cope with another weapons-based system. My answer is always the same…
“I don’t give a shit.”
I don’t train with the mindset of confronting other lifelong martial artists. I’m not out to prove that someone else’s system is flawed or that I have the magic key that can defeat another style. I train with the mindset of surviving against someone in the street. Someone untrained, but experienced. Multiple someone’s. Heartless, desperate, cold-blooded people who have never given a seconds thought to such trivial things. Because the truth is, if any of us are ever called upon to fight for our lives, it won’t be in some dramatic Kung Fu movie type situation where one system is pitted against another to determine ultimate supremacy. It will be because some maniac has set his sights on us and has decided to end our life or otherwise beat us into submission.
What should you be training for? Defeating another martial artists attack, or defeating someone who is going to grab hold of your shirt and start stabbing you in the neck in some darkened parking lot?