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Oh, that was fast!
Well, what do you think? Was it funny? Do you agree? Do you take offense?
I have a mixed reaction.
At first, I didn’t think it was funny and I felt a little offended. Okay, I may lack a sense of humor but I just don’t like anyone calling anything Bu****it, even if they are just joking.
But the more I thought about this video the more I see that there are points that need to be addressed.
Some comments in Youtube said that the video was not funny because it was really saying the truth.
Stick fighting is not an art. It’s just whacking somebody with a stick. Anyone can do that.
Ohhhhh….okay. Let’s examine the issue.
Class, listen. Teacher Joy will explain:
What is art?
Art is a skill acquired by experience, observation, or study.
A skill is a learned power of doing something competently.
When you whack somebody’s head while he is unarmed and with his back on you, (like Bob, the dummy in the video), that’s not art. That’s aggression. Violence. Stick fighters don’t do that.
We use our stick fighting skill for self-defense when we are attacked.
In real life, attackers often carry some sort of weapon. Our stick fighting trains us to block, disarm, and subdue strong, angry, weapon-carrying attackers whether we ourselves are armed or not.
How about sword fighting or knife fighting, would you consider those art? You say yes? Stick fighters can easily do sword or knife fighting. But we are practical people. We know that blades can easily break during practice, so we use sticks instead. Observe how sticks are handled– it’s as if they were blades. Wise, huh?
We spend years training how to be fast, powerful, and efficient with our strikes; strong in our stances and footwork; and intelligent in our strategy.
Knowing who, what, why, where, and how to hit is a skill learned through experience, observation, and study.
Now, go back to the definition of art and answer this: Is stick fighting an art?
C’mon, I’d love an intelligent discussion about this. No bad words, please. 🙂
The video does make a strong point. Look how efficient stickfighting is: you can DIE with just one hit.
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