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Friday, March 4, 2016

Morality

Listening to this interview with Tom Furman the other day reminded me of something.

Dan John talks about "keeping morality out of the weight room." I think that's pretty good advice for the martial arts as well.

There is an old martial arts joke that goes something like this (there are variations).

Q: How many martial artists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: All of them. One to change it, and the rest to say "in our school, we do it a little differently."

This falls under the category of "it's funny because it's true."

The thing that bugs me is when the "in our school, we do it a little differently" turns into "in our school, we do it this way because it is RIGHT and your way is WRONG."

And while there is something to be said for good movements and biomechanics, at some point, I can't help but think we're all getting a little carried away with this. 

The way you choose to execute a particular throw or strike doesn't say something about your moral character or your worth as a human being.

What is so difficult about, when faced with a different way of doing something, just saying "oh, that's cool?" and moving on? This is not a moral process. This is not about right and wrong. We're practicing beating each other up...it's not that much of a thing. Or it shouldn't be, anyway.

Things are more fun if you can appreciate what other people are doing without moralizing over it.

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