GrandMaggot wrote:TehBronco, you're greatly mistaken if you think I live in a "kung fu bubble".
Unlike 99.9999% of the people on forums that don't even DO kung fu, let alone see other people, I have a very active correspondence with many martial artists on a near daily basis. I meet real instructors and real students all the time, touch with them, share stuff, and hang out. Kung fu doesn't exist on a keyboard for me or my fellow instructors.
Just because I have found out over the last 10 years that Internet fu is crap doesn't mean that I don't have a clue as to what's happening in kung fu. The percentage of people who do kung fu that actually involve themselves on the Internet is shockingly low. That's because real practitioners are too busy with their lives and with their training, though I'm an exception because this is my living and not my avocation.
One reason I don't hang around kung fu forums is because people don't even do "kung fu" the way I think of it. Of the forums, this one is the closest to what I'm doing and still my views are widely divergent because of my training. At the rate I'm going, I'm sure my time will be up soon here as well.
If you want to continue insisting that people aren't interested in kung fu just because it doesn't win in tournaments, go ahead. Meanwhile I'll keep teaching the people that ARE interested, and their numbers seem to be growing.
Your dismissal of my real life experiences as a professional sifu just because I haven't won a tournament is an exemplary application of this very double-standard that we're talking about.
Hard truth is that MMA has taken the world by storm and established itself as the standard. If you however seem to think that Kung Fu is doing better than MMA out there when Kung Fu schools are closing down for lack of students and MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai gyms are full and popping up all over the place then I can only assume that you live in a Kung Fu bubble. Which is really not that bad, it just means you train hard in your Kung Fu and you're uninformed on what's happening in the martial world at large. The problem comes when you start claiming something that just isn't true, like: Kung Fu is doing better and enjoying more popularity than MMA which is nonsense.
Nobody said you have to leave this forum or this is how you deal with the smallest bit of disagreement you encounter? You should at least accept that other people see things differently.
And finally, I haven't dismissed your real life experiences as a Sifu, but the truth is that's what they are YOUR experiences. Even if I knew you personally I have no idea if you've really been in all the street fights that you claim you've been in. Much less hearing stories on the internet... of course that they are questioned and they don't hold much water.
This conversation was about Kung Fu, not you or me, and I tried looking at the issue from all angles and I gave the other view credit where credit was due. And credit is due.