Political Violence And The Modern Man

For most of my life, political violence just didn’t really happen here in the U.S.  That was something that happened over “there.”  Wherever “there” happened to be.  That’s not the case anymore.  For months now, the United States has been rocked by riots because some spoiled children didn’t like the outcome of the election.

Photo by Daniel Lobo, from Flickr
Photo by Daniel Lobo, from Flickr

So-called “antifascists” have decided that opposition to immigration–even opposition to illegal immigration, apparently–is akin to fascism.  In and of itself, that’s not a big deal.  After all, both sides like to throw around the “fascist” label a fair bit.

Unfortunately, these antifascists aren’t interested in debate.  They don’t want to try to beat their opponents with facts or better ideas.  No, they want to beat their opponents.  Literally.

Now, I’ll be honest.  I have absolutely no sympathy for racism or racists, so I really don’t care if they’re getting their ass beaten in and of itself.

The problem, however, is that labels are damn easy to sling around and now we’re dealing with people advocating violence against anyone with a certain label. Continue reading “Political Violence And The Modern Man”

Thoughts on Martial Arts

I think about a lot of things.  One of them has been trying to determine which martial art truly is “the best.”  This is a challenge that has been taken up time and again, and even served as something of a premise for UFC 1.

Photo by Edward Dalmulder
Photo by Edward Dalmulder

Yesterday, something occurred to me about the effectiveness of martial arts.

When someone is considering a martial art, many will wonder how effective it is “on the street.”  They want to know if the art will work in a real fight outside of a sports setting.

Many instructors, with the utmost sincerity, will say that what they teach has real applications in an actual fight.  Some may actually regale you with tales of them or their students whooping up on someone who decided to start something with the wrong person.  The thing is, they may well be telling the truth.

Does that mean that art is the best, though? Continue reading “Thoughts on Martial Arts”

Getting Out of A Headlock

God forbid you ever have to get into a real fight again in your life, but if you do, one of the hardest things for many people to deal with is getting out of a headlock.  I remember one fight I had where I’d been in one, and while I was still throwing punches left and right, it still felt humiliating to be controlled like that.

Luckily, the YouTube channel “fightTIPS” has got us covered on that front.

Now, don’t think for a minute this will make you a badass. It won’t. This is a specific counter for a specific hold. Continue reading “Getting Out of A Headlock”