I just read an article in the paper with a quote from one of the worlds better female fighters saying that MMA might prevent mass shootings. I have no idea if this was a misquote where the reporter made a mistake, or if the MMA and the martial artists have completely forgotten what Qi is with respect to making as much money as possible in as short an amount of time.
If memory serves me, it was Ed Parker that was the father of the American Karate School – soon after; the idea of buying a belt overrode understanding of Qi.
Do I think MMA is interesting? Yes, from an athletic standpoint, I think it truly is the test of ones abilities against foes of equal skills. I call it the modern day boxing of the 21st century that has humanity walking backwards into the era of the roman gladiators with spectacle and bloodlust.
What I haven’t heard many talk about in the west is about the Qi that is usually involved in the overall development of a marital artist. Instead it is about fighting.
Then, much like the WWE or any other professional sport, when you put a lot of money on the line, people will do whatever it takes to be the champion and get the accolades. I was reading the average salary in the NBA is now about 5.1 million a year. NFL players get over a million.
When you put that much money on the table, people will look for shortcuts.
“What is the point of Qi? This inner energy stuff?”
I guess the point is that with the mastery of Qi, the person is developed into a while as opposed to exploiting the talents someone was blessed with and ignoring any if not all of the character flaws they possess, and have management and handlers looking the other way.
If you called this a fighting sport, I get it. Go fight. But there is something about the idea of Mixed Martial Arts…being taught to small kids, not to really excel with the meaning behind all martial arts, but rather, “go fight, we can train you as fast as possible!”
When I sat in Rome, while the coliseum was amazing for its time, it must have indeed been a spectacle, yet, when you study the history of what the emperors did, and the increasing blood lust to keep the citizens pacified, you can see a lot of similarities.
Instead of teaching someone how to put another into a submission, I wish there was some mandatory training for fighters to submit to themselves.
But Qi is not really popular these days, doesn’t pay lots of bills, takes a lot of work, and its value shows up over time. You cant’ take a pill or go through a drive through and pick some up.