Don't Believe the HYPE!
I was sitting here thinking, while
answering a couple of emails, "Why is it people keep buying all these martial
arts training videos that make outlandish claims"? One video instructor even
goes as far as to claim, "Watch my videos and in a couple of hrs you can kick
anyones butt, guaranteed!". Various others don't come right out and say that,
but imply, via all kinds of name dropping (military, etc), and using titles such
as "How to Win any Fight", that their system is the one that will put all
others to shame. My question is this? Just how many of these unbeatable systems are
there? And if 2 of them go up against each other, which one will win? Surely they
both won't! Sounds to me, if one came out ahead, the others not unbeatable! So what
does it take to get these unbeatable systems to challenge one another? And why don't
they do that? Hmm, I wonder why? Could it be the fear of lost revenues if their system
is "shown up"? Can you spell H-Y-P-E?
All this brings up a VERY
long list of questions in my mind, a few which I'll touch upon briefly. The main
one being: "Why do people believe the HYPE?"
1. Could it be people,
by nature, look for the easiest way to accomplish something?
Well this certainly
seems likely. If we all could wish for $1,000,000 and get it, versus working for
it, which one would you rather do? Does watching 2hrs of a UFC tape, or a Tyson fight
guarantee you can step in the ring and win?
2. Could it be some people tried
another art, got bored, or their butt kicked?
I've seen boring teachers make
what they teach even more boing, and I've heard of people getting their butt kicked
trying to use some art they really weren't proficient in, or where the classes were
3. Could it be some tried an art, got discouraged, and now want
a short cut?
I can understand some people working hard to be "world
class" for a long time and never getting close to it. As they become discouraged
and start looking for answers, surely there's some short cut they feel they've missed,
right? WRONG! There aren't any short cuts. Every art takes hard work, effort, and
mainly a consistent, challenging and aggressive training program.
it be some people think that there really is mysticism in the arts, and that
someone has a real secret they're not sharing with everyone else, that could instantly
make someone a world class fighter?
Guess what, there is no instant secret,
or magical/mystical thing that can immediately turn you into Superman. Having 20
yrs of martial arts experience, and knowing tons of black belts, and masters, I can
assure you of this one!
5. Could it be that folks have extra money left over
each month and they don't know what to spend it on, so they buy videos?
if so, let me know, we could sure use a few donations so we can purchase and bring
you reviews of some titles certain controversial people won't send us!
of over 400 videos I've seen, which is probably more than 99% of the 1,000,000 martial
artists in the U.S. own, combined with 20 years in the martial arts, I can tell you
that as it stands right now, I've yet to see any system that I feel is 100% unbeatable!
And this isn't even counting other very controversial titles that we've yet
to review, but guess what, we've got several more of them, and they're coming! Heck,
if anyone really wants to know, out of all the hype we've had to go through, and
stuff we've had to watch, which videos we HIGHLY recommend, go to:
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