MORALITY AND MOTIVE HYPOCRISY
that claim moral high ground and proclaim righteous cause are somewhat
admirable. However, quite often many of these individuals' motives
are often power, hierarchical-maintenance, popularity, and especially
think there is anything wrong with the above mentioned motives,
but the deception is certainly unacceptable. It becomes a disappointing
problem when dubious instructors or masters belittle others to inflate
their own status. Often, these self-serving critics are no better
or worse than the very people they were knocking (degrade).
does not mean complaints should not be voiced or wrong should not
be fought, on the contrary, it is the hypocrisy that is the problem.
can easily read articles from magazines every monthly issue, and
there will always be a 'person' that has all the answers and everyone
else has gone down the wrong path etc.. A typical debate would be
within styles (e.g. Wing Chun, Thai boxing, Jujitsu, etc.) - one
Wing Chun organisation will state their system is the real Wing
Chun while others are inferior; and this is no different within
Thai Boxing or Jujitsu or any other disciplines.
is one main point that is often missed, 'rationale'. People do not
question why it is wrong or right, and more often the argument is
based on the premise of 'because my master told me so' or 'because
it has been practised like this for 2000 years'.
a great number of masters or instructors will base the arguement
on the premise of tradition. Thus, effects high self-defence capabilities,
and achieve other associated outstanding martial art abilities.
This does not mean certain traditional methods of training or analyses
are wrong but the lack of honest interpretations or explanation
appears to be abundant.
example, an artistic set of movements are promoted as 'high combat
techniques', confused interpretation between 'excitement, anxiety
and fear'. Technical misinterpretation is one thing but some unscrupulous
masters or instructors will compound this problem with high-moral
attitude. This is when it becomes a real joke or a real joker.
I do want to stress there are also many masters and instructors
whom are honest with their approach, and it is those that deserve
celebration. Unfortunately, a lot of these good instructors tend
to be marketing-shy.
end by advocating that learning martial arts should be positively
productive and enjoyable. Ask for rationales to your training drills
or techniques or tactics. Do so in a respectful manner and not as
an adversary to your instructor. I am sure most genuine instructors
will be more than happy to explain, and remember no master is 'omniscient'.