March 21, 2023, Alberton, South Africa
True wisdom does not need to hide behind a facade of Bad Ass Tough Guy.
Most of life is not what we think. The young pursue suntans that will soon fade, muscles that are good only for show, and bravado that is backed up by nothing. "Clothing makes the man", not so, the man makes the man, the rest is just a facade, the false impression you want to give to the world. You can't judge a book by its cover, but most people do.
As we grow older, some of us shed these facades, some of us come to see a truth that we did not perceive before. Some of us find true freedom as we are no longer concerned about the impressions we might make. We eventually discover an interesting person; ourselves.
How many people hide behind layers of lies, an artificial suntan, an attractive outer garment? Like the Wizzard of Oz they are little men hiding behind a screen and speaking through a microphone that amplifies their puny voice. And yet the Wizzard did have wisdom, he did not need the facade, he saw the brains of the Scarecrow, the courage of Cowardly Lion, the heart of the Tin Man. He saw what others did not see, he possessed wisdom and did not need to hide behind a booming voice and a screen that made him look larger than life.
Many Self Defense instructors are the same, little men who hide behind a big facade, afraid to show their true selves, afraid to be seen as vulnerable. The wise legendary Mr. Miyagi openly admitted his fears and showed Daniel San his true pain. Too often the training offered and presented as real self-defense is nothing of the sort. Spending hours, weeks and months working on achieving your full split. Working on long sparring sessions, boxing matches, sports style MMA, add little to an understanding of real-life survival against a sudden and violent attack. Standing in a row punching, working on high kicks and back spinning kicks, and yet the true nature of crime, violence and fear are never addressed.
It is no wonder that most martial artists are ill-prepared for a real violent encounter. Life is not a movie, and we are not the Kung Fu Panda. Martial arts techniques are inherently limited. We must go beyond technique. Physical self-defense is not nearly enough. The training hall is not only a place to sweat and work out, it is always a place to challenge yourself, expand your mind and delve into the Dark Side of this life.
Moshe Katz, 7th dan Black Belt, Israeli Krav Maga. Certified by Wingate Institute. Member Black Belt hall of fame, USA and Europe.
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