I joked that my Facebook theme this week was "debunking stuff". Really though, I wasn't joking very much. This post is a compilation of things I've found over the week.
This video has made the rounds before.
It is impressive, on a certain level. Mr. Andersen is clearly good at what he does...whatever exactly that is. However, a bunch of his historical claims are complete bunk. He may be good at what he does, but history isn't it.
[An aside: Someone answered my sharing of these critiques by saying that Mr. Andersen could "outshoot his critics". Which is a bullshit argument.
or not his critics can "outshoot him" is 1) irrelevant to the question
of whether the claims he makes are accurate. I have seen all kinds of
bullshit propagated in the martial arts by people who might kick my ass
in a fight. The fact that they might beat me up does not make them any
less wrong about other things.
2)Subject to definition. As far as I can tell, there is no record of him competing in any kind of archery competition anywhere.
he good at what he does? Sure. If all he did was put up a video of him
doing this stuff and saying "hey, look at this cool shit I learned how
to do", that'd be awesome, and I have NO issue with him at all. But the
fact that he's trying to boost himself up with a bunch of bullshit
claims...that, I have an issue with.]
I've written about this article before. It's a crappy piece of "self-defense" advice that is largely erroneous or useless.
It bugs me to no end that people who will spend hours picking apart a video of a martial arts technique or fight will unquestioningly share an article on self-defense without taking the 30 seconds or less required to Google the article and see if it has any validity at all.
If you're going to share self-defense information, it should be good information. It should be information that leads people to make clear, informed decisions, not change their hairstyle based on a myth.
I recognize that there are always areas of contention when it comes to training, but seriously...sharing bad information about self-defense isn't just annoying, it's irresponsible. Knock it off.