For the last while now, I’ve been working toward something. I’ve been working toward making myself into something. I’ve written about my thoughts and a bit about why I’m not the only one who should work toward this something, even.
But I haven’t even really defined precisely what this something is. I’ve touched on it, but I haven’t really defined what it is that this Modern Barbarian really is.
Today, I’m going to try and do that. I may add to some of this at a later date, but this is where the entire concept stands as of this moment.
As I’m sure you’re aware, we had a jackass sending bombs to people he disagreed with politically. Then yesterday, we had a jackass talk into a synagogue and start shooting people simply because they were Jewish.
This comes after months and months of low-level violence in the form of riots and assaults against people because they supported a certain politician and just a year and a half or so ago when a man tried to exterminate members of Congress for being part of the wrong party.
We are living in interesting times, in the Chinese curse sense.
And honestly, no one is ready for this. None of us are. You don’t get “ready” for stuff like this. Not completely.
What we’re looking at is little more than the start of an internal civil war. If something doesn’t give, we’re going to watch our nation torn apart, so it’s time to dig in and get as ready for this kind of thing as possible.
A while back, I came across this article on the questions you should ask yourself prior to picking a combatives course. There are some great questions you should ask yourself there if you’re wanting to learn how to fight.
But, in my opinion, you should train with an actual martial art over a simple combatives program, and there’s a reason for that.
You see, with martial arts, you’re undertaking something that will help keep you alive in more than one way. Not only can it make you ready for a street fight, but it’s physical training that benefits your health as well.
At my heart, I’m a gun guy. I’ve been fascinated by the things for decades now. Every since I first pulled the trigger on my dad’s Smith & Wesson .38, I’ve been a gun guy, even if I didn’t actually know anything about them.
However, while studying conflict through the years and trying to figure out the best way for a person to train to stay alive and safe, I came to the conclusion that they’re just not as important in many ways as some of us like to think. Don’t get me wrong, if you need a gun, you need a gun. There’s no real substitute for a gun in many circumstances.
I think about a lot of things. One of them has been trying to determine which martial art truly is “the best.” This is a challenge that has been taken up time and again, and even served as something of a premise for UFC 1.
Yesterday, something occurred to me about the effectiveness of martial arts.
When someone is considering a martial art, many will wonder how effective it is “on the street.” They want to know if the art will work in a real fight outside of a sports setting.
Many instructors, with the utmost sincerity, will say that what they teach has real applications in an actual fight. Some may actually regale you with tales of them or their students whooping up on someone who decided to start something with the wrong person. The thing is, they may well be telling the truth.