Had a 20 yrs old very fit and strong young man state ABSOLUTEKLY to me today that MA and especially Karate was a load of (his words) Sh*te and there was no way that anyone could deck you with a finger or a thumb - apart from gouging yer yes out!
When i had him at my feet twice screaming in pain (without touching his face or eyes) - but no lasting injury - he admitted 'he may have been wrong!'
tis sad that our art has had so much bad press and is no longer considered valid by the young!
Not just bad press Steve, there are some very poor instructors out there. Achieving a Black belt does not make you a good teacher, something not recognised by most not familiar with ma. I once had a student who confessed to me after training for 2 years, ( somewhat shame-facedly), that his original reason for joining was that having watched a class he was confident he could beat the merry crap out of me! How we laughed about that !
I shall take your point on the chin Andrew and merely suggest that without the knowledge there is NO power and that to gain knowledge it is wiser to absorb said knowledge in the context and full information in which it is delivered.
I would suggest this, as the title oft is merely a lead in to the knowledge and explanation given thereafter.
As stated: The Young man made a statement and then a claim.
I thus APPLIED my knowledge to help him have the required paradigm shift...... and I explained it so. twas the knowledge that gave me the power to do that!
It definitely worked and he was keen to ask 'how did i KNOW how to do that. he didn't ask about how I used my fingers and then thumbs to do 'it'.
NO: he was more interested in the 'KNOW(ledge)' which ultimately was the Power that drove it all!
Remember - a Rocket is useless without it's source of power = the fuel!
I think that you read too much stuff by Dale Carnegie (not the famous one, the other one. I think he is a plumber in Stratford on Avon!) ;D ;D ;D