Perhaps the greatest of the “I just made this shit up as I went along…” forms of martial arts, Wing Chun shares many of the same problems as everything else on this list. Still, there’s some of the most smug martial artists you’ll ever meet. For a long time, they thought they were at the top of the food chain because there weren’t really any popular competitions to pit them against other martial arts.
Like most other martial arts, when push comes to shove it simply falls short. It’s just not good, it’s really that simple. Why would you choose to train something when you know it’s less effective than things like judo, wrestling, muay thai, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu?
Look, we get it, IP MAN is a badass movie and Yip Man inspired Bruce Lee, but it’s time to get over it (like Bruce Did.)
It’s actually not a bad place to start… IF you want to lose to Canadians.
When you first start training Aikido, you’ll spend months learning how to fall, which is actually the most useful thing you’ll learn because you’re going to be doing a lot of falling. Aikido is basically a combination of falling, flailing, and failing.
Many instructors will have the audacity to tell you that, when dealing with practitioners of other martial arts, to treat them with care in order to avoid hurting them. Ain’t that some shit?
Here’s what happens when you start to believe your own hype.
A lot of people decide to start training Ninjutsu after reading some comic books and watching a few movies. That, in and of itself, isn’t inherently wrong or bad. What is wrong and bad is the fact that this is yet another martial art that’s not really based in reality, that fast-tracks their students up the ranks, and gives them a false sense of confidence that can ultimately get them killer or seriously injured if they hold too much belief in their skills against someone who’s trained in a more effective martial art (Read: someone who’s trained just about any other martial art.)
It’s easy for an instructor to talk a bunch of shit while he’s cashing your checks, but if you aren’t able to actually put your martial-art-of-choice to the test then it’s just that – a bunch of shit-talking. This isn’t just shady, it’s downright irresponsible.
There’s a lot of lip service paid to having the ability to kill someone with a single blow so some magical pressure point. If that was the case, wouldn’t people be dropping dead all the time from unlucky hugs, sitting down improperly, accidentally laying on your suntan lotion bottle on the beach?
There are, obviously, some pressure points that can kill people… Like cutting off the flow of oxygen to their brain with a BJJ-style choke, but let’s not tell the Ninjutsu guys about that, they might get embarrassed.
“Clueless football player beats Ninja at his own game.”
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