…..Okay this show is one I have not seen before but basically the two magicians/comedians go out and try and debunk certain things and call it bullshit! Now in the past they have done the Bible as well as other things that people hold dear. This episode revolves around the Martial Arts. They went out and found a very strange Tai Chi teacher and a regular strip mall Karate instructor and also a reality self defense instructor and finally a guy by the name of Mark “Animal” MacYoung who is a self defense practitioner/instructor who on occasion rails against common martial arts practices. Now I found the episode interesting, witty and actually fun to watch. It really has no bearing on how I practice the Martial Sciences nor do what they call BS on are practices that I teach. What this episdoe does is in my opinion show that there are some very important things you need to do in regards to your personal protection skill sets. One you need to understand your local laws! I cannot emphasize this enough. You need to understand what you can and cannot do and how the legal system works. You need to definitely understand the concept of reasonable force and what you can do when attacked. This is really, really, really important! Two you need to understand that you need to be able to get away and avoid a violent confrontation if you can. Run away if you are able! If you cannot it usually is easier to give the would be robbers your money. (though it is an absolutely different story if they do not want money but some thing else) Tool usage is paramount in the real world and martial practitoiners that do not utilize modern tools need to take note and start practicing with them. A firearm, knife or impact tool can go a long way in increasing your chances in a violent situation. Finally people need to use common sense. If it does not look right, smell right or feel right then it probably isn’t! That and some times things that look flashy are really just gimmicks and tricks. Now while I do not agree with their end conclusion at least not based on a study that is slightly skewed to get their desired end result. The Martial Sciences geared toward personal protection skill sets definitely deliver and they also have those great things like attribute building, character, etc. Though truthfully you can gather that in many, many activities but you also have to remember that other activities cost money too. Still I found the show entertaining and enjoyable! So following are the links!!!
Note that there is quite a bit of swearing so in some measure this just may not be safe for your work environment!
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