“To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity.  The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.”  –Bruce Lee

I’m watching industry leaders.  And I’m constantly saying “I can do better than them.”  It may just be youthful bravado.  Or it maybe because they are horribly incompetent.

Let’s look at this fucking guy.

He actually writes pretty well.  But even a good writer can have stupid ideas.  I’ll spare you the time, it’s a fine enough piece until he he makes this gem of a conclusion:

[…]I didn’t begin to grasp the full scope of either art until 8, 10, maybe 12 years of dedicated study in each one.   If you are jumping from art to art, spending only two or three years with each, it is no wonder you think no martial art style has everything. It may, but you just never gave it the chance.

Did you read that?  Are you mad?  You should be.  This fucking guy says ‘you should give a style a chance to show you all it has to teach’ and that this “giving it a chance” phase should last at least 10 years.  I’m a top performer, I’m pretty good at dating, and I drive pretty regularly.  I don’t need to stay at a job, date a girl, or drive a car for 10 years before I get a whole picture of what it is (and can tell if it’s a terrible fit).  If a style takes that long to teach you a critical part of combat then you’re either incredibly stupid or that style is entirely wasting your time.

Are you kidding me?   Just give it 8 – 10 years of your precious, limited life, before you go off and innovate and create a new blend that, yea we’ve probably seen before but won’t waste 8 fucking years of your life on stupid bullshit–which is all those styles do.

Sorry kids, I believe in something far better.