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Old 05-26-2005, 07:43 AM   #15
Lyle Bogin
Dojo: Shin Budo Kai
Location: Manhattan
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 588
Re: Culture of Martial Mediocrity?

I was discussing a similar topic with some athlete friends the other day. In almost all other physical endeavors, it is generally recognized that time has brought major improvements. Training methods and nutrition are better, and performance levels are rapidly approaching the limits of human capacity.

The martial arts is the only area of physical practice where the majority of opinions seems to be that we are headed down hill.

Why is that? Or to be more specific, is it even true? With sports we have clear win/loss records, or other measures of acheivement, but not so in martial arts. When we attempt to apply these measures, it's often implied that this in and of itself represents some sort of confusion or misunderstanding about what the martial arts are.

I find the whole thing very odd. Perhaps it is an unsolvable problem in general terms.
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