Aparently Kyle has never been put in a situation where he has had to defend himself. It's lucky for him, and I hope that that trend continues in his life. Unfortunately, my husband's family was destitute... not poor, but truly destitute and homeless for a period of a couple years. When you are in that situation and living in a city at a young age, you can find yourself in a seriously unhealthy and violent environment, like he did. To be given the tools to rise above that situation, learn the benefits of hard work, earn your teacher and classmate's respect, and know that you are less likely to be hurt in the future because of your skills is an incredibly powerful thing.
It would also be beneficial if you knew the first thing about the variety of martial arts. You apparently also haven't heard of Aikido, which is the practice of using your opponent's movements and power non-aggressively, without harming them or yourself. It is the art of the takedown, to subdue an attacker, with no kicks, hits, etc. This is the art my husband would like to learn next, and it take many years to master.
Have you noticed that there is a war going on? Wait, there are multiple wars and conflicts, and this is a continuous problem since the dawn of man. We do not live in a peaceful society, and to be prepared for the society that we ACTUALLY live in, as opposed to the society you would LIKE to live in is a choice each person has to make. And as 'perkygrubb' notes, "the ultimate purpose of martial arts isn't martial at all, it's spiritual." That's because the majority of Asian martial arts, and Capoeira, have evolved to be inclusive of some kind of religion, whether it be Buddhism (many monks are martial arts masters), Confucism, etc. Are you going to tell me that Buddhists are violent?
The industrial revolution negated hand-to-hand combat, for the most part, so martial arts have become a 'sport', as you hate to call it. And the government requires those with this kind of training to hold themselves more accountable than the rest of citizenry. If my husband were to be in a bar fight, he would be automatically hand-cuffed and could easily be charged with a felony. The government holds him more accountable because he holds blackbelts and could seriously harm an untrained citizen. We not only don't go to bars because the atmosphere lends itself to an unstable situation; We also don't go out drinking with friends at homes because people chat, and then find out that you love martial arts, and they ALWAYS want a demonstration. This is the height of bad judgement, and we never follow through.
The following countries have developed a style of their own martial arts, and most have 2 or 3: Russia, Greece, Japan, Ireland, China, Thailand, Brazil, the Philipines and Israel. I know that's not all of them. There are reasons these have developed, whether fighting an enemy on horseback (Wushu), grappling (Pankration), weapons (Bata), self-defense (Aikido), or throwing (Judo). I recomend you read up on them before passing judgement on the people who practice them. The point of mixed martial arts is to pull what works best for each person from each art, and put them to use against an opponent with different moves and training. It's a celebration of 'sports' older than you care to admit.
And my husband IS an athlete. He is better shape at 32 than when he played college soccer on scholarship. He doesn't train to cause pain, he just realized that point sparring, which he also did, did not properly prepare one for an actual fight. There is no resistance and no pain to learn from. Pain is his teacher. He works out for hours at a time, not hurting anyone but a punching bag. Those who would grapple and train with him, he would only work out with if they were as committed as he. Those who step in the ring or on a practice mat are prepared to learn and improve. Their bravado is often a show, as they would like to sell tickets to be able to feed their families, which most of them have. They aren't as different from you as you would like to think. Maybe you should meet one before bashing them...
And rugby is violent, also. Would you like to dissapoint Australia, England, etc. and ask for rugby to be stopped? Well, martial arts is respected by many more countries than rugby, and has more protective padding, so you might want to think about the whys on that...
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