In the Navy, one question is always paramount when considering the usefulness of a warship, "Does it float?" If a warship does not float, then its weapons systems are useless. When evaluating a fighting system, the paramount question should be, "Does it float?" Does the system protect you when you need it? If not, then it is useless.
When dealing with the “arts” part of the martial arts, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Just as in other arts, such as dancing, where some people enjoy ballet and others like to hip-hop, people have different likes and dislikes within the martial arts. Some people move quickly and gracefully so they enjoy soft styles that use graceful movements. Some people move slowly and powerfully, so they enjoy hard styles that use powerful movements.
When it comes to the arts, there is no best art, only the art that best pleases the beholder or practitioner of the art. Each martial art may have its own unique theories, movements, and techniques, which may or may not be effective in fighting, but as long as the art’s practitioners enjoy practicing the art of the martial art, that is all that matters.
However, dealing with the “martial” part of the martial arts is a different story. No matter how beautiful the art, how relaxing it is, or how much fun it is to train in the art, the techniques promoted by the art must be able to be used simply, effectively, and efficiently:
- By anyone large or small, fat or skinny, man or woman, etc.)
- Under any conditions (wearing gym clothes or a tuxedo, wearing a tee shirt or a winter coat, in the sun or in the rain, against a single attacker or multiple attackers etc.), or
- In any location (alone in an alley or on a crowded bus, on a smooth tiled floor or in glass strewn alley, etc.)
Self-defense is not complicated; it has been used by mankind since Adam and Eve. However, it is not always effective; remember what happened to Able when Cain attacked him
If I want to know if an object someone is trying to sell me will float, I do not need to measure it, weight it, or analyze it; I just throw it into the water and see if it floats. The seller may make all kinds of claims, show me the history of the object, tell me how it has floated in the past, tell me how well it performs in the water, and tell me how beautiful it is, but the bottom line is, when I throw the object into water, does it float?
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