The Role of Violence

Well, it's Thursday night, I've finished up my english homework, and still have half a racer 5 to kill, so I thought I'd put this beer to use. Let me know what you guys think.

Do me a favor, and think back to the farthest thing you can that led you to where you are right now; reading the fan section of the MMA news website, probably because you already read everything worth reading today. I'm not talking about regrettable financial decisions or relationships(sometimes the two are one in the same), I'm talking about the thing that led you to be the MMA fan that you are today.

For me, it was Dragon Ball Z.

Go ahead, call me what you will. I admit, the show is a little cheesy, and anime in general can be a little weird(my dad still doesn't get it), but I loved that show, and still do to this day, and I attribute it as one of the things that got me interested in Martial Arts in the first place(I'm currently about a year away from my black belt in Karate and perhaps even closer to my Blue belt in Jiu Jitsu). I recently watched the show again after not seeing for a few years, and noticed a couple of things.

1. It's STILL awesome, and

2. It was pretty brutal in terms of violence.

From Karate Chop arm amputations to basketball sized holes in the chest, the show still holds up as one of the most violent cartoons to have graced American airwaves.

Now, lets talk about MMA.

When you talk about bloody fights like Antonio Silva Vs. Cain Velasquez, or wayyy late finishes like Mike Pyle Vs. TJ Waldburger, you're talking about gratuitous violence. I remember watching the TUF 18 finale a few months back at a bar in a hotel where I was DJing. I had sat down to kill a few minutes after setting up my gear , and asked the bartender to switch it on to FS1 for me. An older couple sat at the bar a few minutes later, and the old woman was absolutely horrified at the sight of Jessamyn Duke Vs. Peggy Morgan. I heard her mutter some classic lines like "These girls shouldn't be doing this," and "this is too violent, it's making me sick." Finally, she exclaimed "I can't watch this anymore" and turned her back, during some particularly nasty ground and pound. I remember feeling slightly embarrassed, since I was the one who asked for this channel. The bar had filled up with about 8 more people attracted by the fights by then, and I found myself asking, is this too violent? Am I the sick generation that lusts for blood and human cockfighting?

I walked away from that bar with an answer, and that answer was a resounding NO.

You see, when I watched Dragon Ball Z as a kid, I'll admit, the fighting was really cool. All of the yelling, and the energy blasts, and the yelling, and the people flying through mountains, and the yelling, it was all the adrenaline my little body could handle. But the best part of that show, to me, was the lessons it taught me. How your friends are your chosen family. How you should always give people the benefit of the doubt. How being at one with your body and nature is important. Yeah, the blood and fighting was fun to watch, but I always walked away feeling like a little bit of Goku's nature had rubbed off on me.

In Martial Arts, I feel the same way. Do I spend a lot of time learning how to break noses, elbows and various parts of the human body? Yes. Do I size people up when I meet them or walk by them in the street? Yes. But do I act on it? No. In fact, since I started my Martial Arts training, I am probably ten times LESS likely to get into a altercation, verbal or physical. My training partners have become my best friends, and we share a bond that few others enjoy. I eat healthier, I think more, and I hold myself to a higher standard,

All in the name of violence.

(more like avoidance of)

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