Why People Don't Take Martial Arts Seriously

There are a lot of garbage techniques in the martial arts, often so obvious that someone with little or no training can recognize them as such. Yet some schools latch on to them, even attach some mysticism to them, and continue to teach these techniques as if they’d really work.

In the following video, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor Stephan Kesting of Grapplearts shows us two of his favorite ridiculous techniques:

I get a laugh out of these myself, but at the same time I hate to see them because they make martial arts in general look bad.

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Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Noah L says:

    Well, I can’t see the video because I’m at work, but I definitely agree with you–there are a lot of techniques out there that are ridiculous, and plenty of people to turn them into super-secret-weapon techniques. At least if it’s BJJ folks doing it, we can write them off somewhat to the general public because they wear silly colored uniforms with tire rubber in the lapels and more logos than a NASCAR jumpsuit

  2. Chris Murrin says:

    Great video. Best line, “I see a guy dressed in a gi. That should be my first sign that something’s wrong.” Classic.

  3. Mike says:

    Check it out at home, Noah. It’s funny stuff. Not BJJ techniques, but general (alleged) self defense techniques.

    As for the logos on BJJ gis, I suspect that was born of their culture, maybe the only way they could pay for their training. I agree it’s not the most attractive thing, but whatever keeps them training.

  4. JohnU says:

    My favorite defense against a baseball bat is to step back with one foot and raise your arms in a cross over your head. Good way to get your arms broken *and* your head bashed in.

  5. Jon F. Merz says:

    Ah yes…that “ninja” technique comes from good ol’ Ashida Kim, or as we actual ninjutsu practitioners call him, “A Sheeta Plywood.” He has some all-time priceless moves in his various “books.” Ugh.