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Is learning a Japanese Martial Art Useless? Why or Why not?
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Some "keyboard warrior" on Youtube made me ponder this question.

He tried to ratify why Martial arts involving weapons like Iaido, Battodo, Kendo, Kyudo, etc., are all unpractical and useless in the modern day, compared to "Bruce Lee's reverse punch", and "guns that can kill you from a mile away". I personally think they are great hobbies to try, helpful for those who study Zen, and great for those wish to better themselves. I may be bias, for I plan on learning Iaido, and wrote a paper in college about why more people should practice Japanese Martial Arts. What do you think?

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AirMarshall wrote:

Some "keyboard warrior" on Youtube made me ponder this question.
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so you are asking other keyboard warriors ?

why not visit a facebook/twitter page of some Japanese martial arts club..
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AirMarshall wrote:

Some "keyboard warrior" on Youtube made me ponder this question.
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so you are asking other keyboard warriors ?

why not visit a facebook/twitter page of some Japanese martial arts club..


Correction: I am asking weebs.

(A joke, obviously.)
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Not really most people who attack you on the streets or break into your house will have a melee weapon or nothing atleast in my country

Knowing how to defend yourself or disarm them is important.

Martial arts gives you the advantage as street fighters have terrible stances and are not trained to fight.

Most places where I live give weapon training with martial arts.
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If it's fun and keeps you in shape that's already more practical than a lot of the shit we do in our downtime. People like this talk out of their asses.
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if anything, it's useful in the sense that it greatly improves your overall health / strength / stamina. unless you work as a security guard / police, you're unlikely to ever actually use the moves you learn in martial arts.
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Depends on what you want really, like if your looking for something that's just for self defense or something that has a much wider aim and is rooted in something that's more directed inwards and reach into physical, mental, and emotional health of the practitioner and depending on the art much much more. I see value and am interested in certain arts (like Taijiquan , Baguazhang, and Xingyiquan. Which are probably somewhat similar to some of the Japanese Martial Arts that are more internal in nature) that could be considered "impractical" to people who really only have a pop culture/surface level understanding of what it is they're criticizing.
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namealreadytaken wrote:

if anything, it's useful in the sense that it greatly improves your overall health / strength / stamina. unless you work as a security guard / police, you're unlikely to ever actually use the moves you learn in martial arts.




Most people will get attacked in the street atleast once in there life.

I know I have been in situations to use them many times
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Ryulightorb wrote:Most people will get attacked in the street atleast once in there life.
I know I have been in situations to use them many times


well, that was assuming you don't walk in dangerous alleys. martial arts is unlikely to help if the criminal has a fire arm, anyway.

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Ryulightorb wrote:Most people will get attacked in the street atleast once in there life.
I know I have been in situations to use them many times


well, that was assuming you don't walk in dangerous alleys. martial arts is unlikely to help if the criminal has a fire arm, anyway.



I don't and have been attacked also most people who attack others don't have firearms.
Atleast in my country people have knives and fists guns are rare for street thugs
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If nothing else, it's exercise, and you actually learn how to use your muscles efficiently. They might even teach you grapple escapes. Those are handy, right? Even if I was walking around with a taser or something, I'd still like some hand-to-hand knowledge so if I get jumped (or worse, my hand gets grabbed as I reach for it), I can at least do something.

Just think about what things are for and what they don't try to be. There are some long forms (many, actually... almost all from my experience?) that aren't really expected to simulate an actual attack, so much as to teach the physics of a motion (or a bunch of motions), or to teach a concept like distancing. I mean, I found boxing moves in Tai Chi even... look at the form from a different perspective, and it can turn into something different when you piece together what's behind it.

There's knowledge everywhere, so pick what you're interested in and go for it. Just be conscious of what your knowledge covers, so you know what to shore up if you're so inclined.
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It's about discipline more than anything else. It will have some impact in your ability to defend yourself but certainly won't make you go all Jason Bourne on them. It can help you keep yourself in shape and perhaps improve your diet and mood. There are people, for example, who take archery but you don't expect them to shoot down any potential home invaders in a Legolas-like fashion right? They do it because it's fun and it improves something inside them.
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octorockandroll wrote:

If it's fun and keeps you in shape that's already more practical than a lot of the shit we do in our downtime. People like this talk out of their asses.


This. When I did karate I was in the best shape of my life. Now I'm just into debauchery.
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Not necessarily and being able to flip or throw people can be very useful. One throw against a brick wall and it's all over and that the positive side of judo or Japanese martial arts. If eskrima can teach you to use melee weapons well then so can Iaido, battodo, kendo or even kyudo. If you want to kill your opponents and keep your job at Blockbuster, then it's best to look into Sambo, Muay Thai, Xinyi Liuthe Quan, MCMAP, Silat or Krav Maga.

P.S. Okinawan Goju-Ryu and Shotokan are potentially deadly and very aggressive.
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No martial arts is useless if you learn it properly.

I've been practicing Kendo for almost 20 years since I lived in Japan as a 5 year-old, and I'm still loving it! It's not just martial arts, it doesn't just teach me self-defense, but also self-discipline, inner-peace, humility, and respect of other people.

The concept of Kendo is to discipline the human character through the application of the ways of the Katana (sword).

It is a way to cultivate one’s mind by aiming for unification of mind, spirit and technique (shin-ki-ryoku-itchi) by utilizing the shinai (bamboo sword).

And of course it's also fun! Although it's not practical if you're being attacked since you don't always carry your Shinai around.. but it does train your reflex. I also know Taekwondo which is more practical for self-defense but since OP only asked about Japanese martial arts I didn't mention it as an example.
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