What is the fixation with people calling martial practitioner’s martial artists? Maybe it is just me but I just do not get this. Was someone in the past trying to connect with how dance is considered a work of art or was someone trying to elevate martial practice in the general publics perception? Do people want it to be considered Art?
When I think of martial practice or systems I think of military and or self-preservation through violent conflict. In my opinion violent conflict is not really artful. Typically it is brutal and or disgusting when the end result is viewed. I am not a fan of the term martial artists but instead prefer martial practitioner. Just like I prefer martial system or martial science over martial art! I know that challenges how some people in this field view themselves. It may even upset some people. However, at the core of what I train in or teach is a brutal system designed to incapacitate and or dismantle people in a personal protection situation. Sure we might be able to avoid and evade but if we cannot we are ready for violence. At the core I practice some pretty brutal stuff and it certainly does not come across as art to me. Can it be beautiful during practice? Why yes it can be. However, when done in a violent situation it is anything but beautiful to watch particularly when you see the results. I am not really an artist and if you practice a true martial system then you in my mind are not either!
In my previous post on the gift I received that is art. Dance is art. Pottery, paintings, sculptures, etc. Violence or the training, mimicking of it probably shouldn’t be interpreted as art. Instead just realistic self-defense and personal protection skills. Just my 02. on the subject and I am sure that others might not agree. However, I do now and then try to get people to look at things in a different manner. Broaden horizons and try not to think in a cookie cutter fashion!
Brian R. VanCise
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