Let’s Get Real

<b>Bruce Lee & Chuck Norris</b> the legendary fight scene in the movie, 'The Way of the Dragon'

Today, there are many fantastic reasons for doing the martial arts but when I first started training in the mid ’70’s, my thinking was (and I speak on behalf of the many others around me at that time), that if you got into a fight your martial arts should get you out of trouble. We now know that is not always true. Most of the blame could be attributed to Hollywood which always showed the good guy using a side kick or a jumping spinning heel kick to beat up his opponents. This is what started all the martial arts craze, everybody wanted to be like Bruce Lee (for those who do not know him, he was a mega martial arts movie star and he was also a super martial artist before his time, in the early 70’s). It took many years before we all realised martial arts alone is not going to get us out of trouble because there’s more to than just perfecting that reverse punch and kata.

In the mid ‘80’s, like Hanshi Tino Ceberano, I started to research and bring reality based Jiu Jitsu into our schools. I also looked at Thai Boxing for good measure just in case things got pretty ugly out there. Finally, the introduction of Reality Based Self Defence and MMA, I can finally say this is what I wish we had in the ‘70’s. Today, our students are extremely lucky to have this type of training available to them. One does not have to learn everything but if you want to defend against a ground fighter you should do a bit of ground fighting, if you want to defend against a kickboxer, then you should do a bit of kickboxing etc. At the end of the day if you are confronted, don’t let the fight start, you must end it before it starts. Our reality based self defence teaches all aspects of handling these type of confrontations should they arise. How you perform will be based on how well trained you are. However, if the fight does start and you end up in the middle of the battlefield, you have your back-up artillery (ie your martial arts skills) to give you the best possible chance of survival.

‘Man Made’ Natural Disaster

 Man Made Natural Disaster – no such thing up until now! The fires down in Victoria didn’t quite make front headlines when I did my last blog. Like some Instructors I’d like to say something because we should all be acknowledging one of the country’s worst disasters. Whilst watching the news the heat was great for people on the beach and for others it was pretty much the end of the world. Those most affected are the people who have lost their loved ones, friends and homes. This also greatly affects the people who know or knew the victims. However, disasters have a habit of bringing the best out of people such as togetherness and heroism which are often non-existent today. Disasters remind us all this is what humans are all about.

Tragedy affects everyone in various ways and at different levels of intensity. The intensity is proportional to the number of people killed/injured, the distance to the tragedy and horrific nature of the disaster. If 300 people were suddenly to perish as a result of some viral outbreak in a hospital the level of the community’s emotional response would no way compare anywhere near as bad to this disaster or to that of 9/11. It’s ironic this is called a natural disaster when there is evidence to suggest the fires were instigated by a few misfits. You can do your part as a human by donating what you can; it’s not going to break the bank. But please be aware of charity scams on the internet; one bogus website was found to be linked to the Red Cross!