I have a really cool doctor. I pay him a lot of money and I try to go to his office as often as I can. I really like him and the nurses there. Really cool people. He tells me a lot of stuff about how to stay healthy that, to be honest, doesn’t work. He sounds pretty skilled and when he goes through his medical techniques with me, they look like they might work as long as I go along with him. To be honest, if I had a real life emergency like a heart attack or a stroke, I don’t think that what he has taught me will actually work and I’ll probably die or at best be severely messed up. The point is, though, that I really like going to his office and talking about his medical theories and ideas.
Funny, but that also describes my auto insurance guy. I love to talk with him and discuss his theories on defensive driving. Problem again, is that I really don’t think his theories of “turn left and barely scoot by the other car, then hang a u turn and skid your tires while the other driver looks over his left shoulder yaddayadda…” would actually work. I like these two guys so much that I really don’t give a darn about how my wife and kids will fare if I have a heart attack, stroke, or if some drunk guy runs into me on the freeway. I just really like hanging out with my doctor, insurance salesman, and their gang.
Anybody get my point, yet? Have any of you who are true martial artists ever talked with someone about their system, only to ask them, “But would it work on the street?” and then to have them say, “Probably not, but I really like the school. It has a good kid program.” Or maybe something like, “I really like the facilities. They’re so clean and the equipment is new.” A few days ago, I had an acquaintance who studies a Korean system notorious for selling belts and contracts to children say to me, “I know I probably couldn’t defend myself, but I’m almost to my black belt (he has studied for about a year and a half) and then I can help teach the children.” Of course, he will have to keep paying tuition in order to help the owner by teaching children a system that he acknowledges doesn’t really teach self defense. Is this the state of ‘martial arts’ in America? It may be, but it sure isn’t in our little corner of West Asheville. Want to get healthy, strong and fit? Want to meet a super bunch of hard working examples? Want to learn to defend yourself for real while learning the beautiful art of ShaoLin Kung Fu? Pay us a visit. No sales pitch or hard sell. Just a lot of sweat and kung fu that actually works should you ever need it. Talking theories is fun for after class. Let’s get on the mat and see what really works.
ShaoLin Kung Fu of Asheville 619 Haywood Road Asheville NC 28806