“No great dependence is to be placed on the eagerness of young soldiers for action, for the prospect of fighting is agreeable to those who are strangers to it.”
~ Vegetius (Roman military writer – 4th Century A.D.)
I read this quote and immediately thought of the “Mixed Martial Arts” (MMA) fad/craze that is going on right now and that has been prompted by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Many of these would-be UFC fighters are opening schools after realizing that
- They can’t cut it in the ring
- That the shelf life of an MMA fighter can be measured in months so there is no future
- There is a lot of money to be made off the craze that Dana White and the UFC have created (Just think back to when Tae Bo was big… the martial arts industry did the same thing then except less people got hurt).
If you are an 18 to 35 year old guy who wants to mix it up a little bit and “see what your made of” then these schools are perfect for you. If you are not afraid of getting hurt (like broken bones, torn shoulders, or head trauma) then by all means, go check it out.
But… if you are anyone else who falls outside of this category (18 – 35 year old males) then be wary. This includes most: Mom’s, Dad’s, and Children. My biggest fear is that someone who might benefit greatly from a well structured and professional martial arts program will walk into one of these schools and get turned off by the martial arts immediately – either by the way the classes are conducted or worse yet, by getting hurt.
When looking for a martial arts school be careful. They are not all created equal. For more information on what to look for when choosing a school, check out this article…