Brian Kagen pick: “The Martial Arts Myths,” by Torbjorn Arntsen

“You may or may not be aware of the volume of searches for terms such as “deadliest style of martial arts”. It’s actually quite a substantial amount. Having taught and trained the fighting arts for many years, I tend to find this somewhat disturbing – as well as sad.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. I see a danger however when someone who is learning martial arts and has a potential to become a destructive individual for others around him or her. And believe me, I have seen plenty of black belts of this kind. Then it is a problem to be resolved by someone more experienced than they are or there will be lethal outcomes in a morgue.
    We all have seen what Columbine high school has become from headlines. That actually concerns me.

  2. Columbine was a tragic concatenation of malice and denial. the malice is obvious, the denial is in the premise that “gun free zones” somehow magically exclude the armed and malicious. we’re seeing it on an international scale with Iran. if we ever have international nuclear disarmament, the final piece of the puzzle will be in place for people like Ahmadi to enact their apocalyptic visions.

    i like Jackson’s lines out of “Saving Private Ryan” – Psalm 144: Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight…

  3. Violence is a part of life in American schools nowdays and most certainly have been and still is the part of life in Eastern Europe. This is the reason why I have joined first martial arts school in 1988. If I haven’t, I would have been dead within a week or, quiet possibly, within 3 days time.
    Nobody would have brought a gun into school those days, simple knife could have done it back then. I survived.
    Now as a teacher, I think of students and teachers in similar circumstances as well as people around us who have to deal with martial arts students who learn martial arts in order to hurt someone else. I have taught martial arts for 12 years before switching to aikido.

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