With the increasing desire for non-violence floating around, I'm interested in seeing what people think of people's right to defend themselves with violence, taking into account that martial arts should be used only for self defense. Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Are martial arts morally wrong?
With the increasing desire for non-violence floating around, I`m interested in seeing what people think of people`s right to defend themselves with violence, taking into account that martial arts should be used only for self defense.


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19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 6/9/02 - 5:12:04 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. It's exercise. It just has a practical application if life suddenly gets $#!++Y and you need to defend yourself or those around you. This reminds me of that "Martial Law" TV show. I miss watching a 300 pound guy do all the Jackie Chan moves. That was hilarious and astounding.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 6/9/02 - 5:17:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
My daughter keeps asking to take karate as we have a school across the road from us but I think she is still too young. Shes only 5.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 6/9/02 - 5:29:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
5 isn't too young, most martial arts schools have special programs for young children, obviously there's only so much a child can learn.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Sunday 6/9/02 - 8:25:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
There is a credo with a martial art to that you should try and follow. I prefer Aikido....it's all defense moves.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 6/12/02 - 8:49:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
what the hell kinda stupid ass question is that???????
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 6/12/02 - 8:49:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
nah
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 6/12/02 - 8:51:39 PM EST (GMT-5)
Who cares?
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 6/12/02 - 8:52:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
People who do martial arts, Czar.
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 6/13/02 - 3:25:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think it's wrong to learn (properly) how to defend yourself, I think everone should!! I mean you don't know when you could be exposed to danger, say you're out one night and you get attacked by a drunken idiot, you need to know how to defend yourself!! The only time martial arts are wrong is when someone does them to gain strength to go round and randomly attack people!! Overall I don't think martial arts are wrong...It's more important to be able to defend yourself against attack for example.....is a woman wrong (morally or otherwise) who had learnt martial arts in some form for using them against someone who is attempting to rape her?? For all the pacifists out there.........what would you do if that happened to you would you stay pacifist or fight back?
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 6/13/02 - 3:29:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
Why is it wrong to learn the art of discipline and defense?
19 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Saturday 6/22/02 - 3:55:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
well no... martial arts are intended to be spiritual, give the person a sense of control over themselves and their environment, so no martial arts aren't immoral... what's immoral are the idiots who think fighting back when you're getting attacked is immoral.. lets see how long you last... doormats! :P
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 6/24/02 - 8:57:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, they’re good for self-defence, which is the way they are used most of the time
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 6/24/02 - 8:59:41 AM EST (GMT-5)
Martial Arts aren't intended to be spiritual. Kung Fu was used my Chinese Monks, but as a form of excercise and self defense against bandits, spirituality didn't affect it much.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 6/24/02 - 9:07:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Knocking someone on their ass, if necessary, is a survival skill. How the hell is it wrong to defend yourself?
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 6/24/02 - 9:09:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
I posted this question, but I'm pro-martial arts. So don't get me wrong, I just wanted people's opinions.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 6/24/02 - 9:19:28 AM EST (GMT-5)
> This reminds me of that "Martial Law" TV show. > I miss watching a 300 pound guy do all the > Jackie Chan moves. That was hilarious and > astounding. That guy is Sammo Hung, one of the "three dragons", who all trained together in Hong Kong, and went on to star in movies together. The other two dragons are Yuen Biao and... Jackie Chan. Amusingly, both Hung and Chan can both be seen in (admittedly very minor) early roles in Bruce Lee's 'Enter The Dragon'. [Yeah, I know it's not really relevant to the debate, but just thought I'd drop that in.">
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 7/7/02 - 7:40:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
just as long as you're not going around kicking the sh*t out of random people, i see nothing wrong with it.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Sunday 7/7/02 - 7:41:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
^ Well, there goes my reason for wanting to learn.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 7/22/02 - 11:52:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
Every martial arts school I've ever been to has always told their students that their techniques are only supposed to be used for defending yourself, never for attacking someone without provocation. They teach you how to attack for the purposes of seeing how an attack works and how to defend yourself against it. Anyone who ends up twisting their martial skills and teachings into an "attack-only" philosophy does not deserve to use those skills.
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 7/22/02 - 12:02:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
... I missed point of the question Kaneda... how COULD martial arts be moraly wrong... majority of them are based on counters and self defense... and everyone I know that uses martial arts practice it to maintain their condition and spirituality rather than to be physically violent... and one more thing... wouldnt the use of martial arts be the equivilent of taking marksmanship classes for rifle or pistol for self defense? And guns are not inherantly evil, its the user who decides their purpose, much like martial arts...
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 7/22/02 - 12:03:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess Im agreeing with you kaneda... martial arts are not evil...
19 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 7/22/02 - 12:05:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Violence is good I like violence. I think all this non-violence, love, love, crapy sh*t is so overplayed it makes me puke. What the world needs now is violence!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Sunday 8/4/02 - 10:37:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, there's nothing wrong morally with martial arts. I think they are necassary for people to depend themselves....and I'm a non violent person but if push comes to shove (ie being attacked) I will defend myself. I also love martial art films!
19 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Wednesday 8/7/02 - 3:52:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
My point was that some people tend to look down on martial arts as a violent reaction to violence when other methods can be taken. I personally don't agree with this, I asked the question to see what you though.

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