A recent online assault by some more reality-based self-defense folks prompted me to write the blog DEATH BY KEYBOARD tonyblauerblog.com.
There was a time, not long ago, where dignity, respect and honour were a part of our martial art community.
In recent years we've seen an increase online verbal assaults. Why would someone jump up on their metaphoric soap-box and scream obscenities via the Internet at people they don't know about systems they've never even tried?
IMO there are several factors. How's this for a chemical cocktail? Kids from the entitlement generation grow up a part of the Internet subculture where texting has replaced eye contact and body language. Result? Smart phones and dumb-thumbs.
This epidemic describes most of the crap we all read on social media. But what accounts for the sad display of arrogance, anger and bullying displayed by a small demographic of martial artists online?
Rodney King of Crazy Monkey, has a theory about the generation of martial artists only studying the martial. You're going to love this interview!