I didn't say anything when I posted that karate master ad for Spartrekus because I thought it was one of the funnier things he's said, but I'm a purple belt (5th kyu) in Shotokan and went to two different Shotokan schools at the same time for 2-3 years.I think it took me one karate class to realize there's no magic, just hard work, like anything else. Want to kick someone in the head? Start stretching. And working on speed and deception, because if they see it coming, they'll block it. :-(.
I remember some martial arts book I read in my youth with the very wise comment to the effect that movies, manga, and so on, show us the hero overcoming difficult odds with a few quick blows. What was left out was the hours and hours and hours of training.
... or worse.Want to kick someone in the head? Start stretching. And working on speed and deception, because if they see it coming, they'll block it. :-(.
I trained briefly in BudoKan and can't speak to the rest but can assure you Shotokan is not watered down and if forced to fight designed to finish it with one punch. You learn control and can stop on the skin when sparring.Bottom line: much of todays martial arts is so watered down that it becomes a threat to the practitioners, as Mushashi wrote. It is sports. But those schools that are not can not hold matches or competitions because it is too dangerous.