Monday, October 01, 2007

Martial Art Stupidity.



Memnoch's head would explode if he saw the following article. Had I an address for him I would send it immediately.

Observe , from today's Sun.

"LITTLE Archie Gray shows the style that has made him Britain’s youngest taekwondo black belt — at the age of just SIX.
Archie, of Salisbury, Wilts — who is just 2ft 4in — took up the martial art aged three.

He said: “It’s hard work but lots of fun.”

Teacher Rachel Houston said: “He’s a natural talent.”

He might be a natural talent, but he's no black belt. A black belt should mean something, that you have fought your way up through the ranks over the years, that you have taken your knocks and your bloody noses, that you have sparred repeatedly and fought against true competition.
Doling them out to six year olds is ridiculous and just embarrassing.
Memnoch was right, most martial arts schools are jokes now.

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Blogger Conan Drumm said...

I think there should be marital arts schools for youngsters. Wouldn't that be better?

11:03 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Sure, let them learn, let them spar against each other, let there be actual contact. But no black belts.

11:09 a.m.  
Blogger Kim Ayres said...

You are seeing only with your eyes. Remember Yoda was even smaller...

11:19 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

That's true Kim, perhaps I'm being too harsh on a 2 foot 4 black belt. I mean, even though I"m not a black belt I keep thinking I just might be able to take him, but if if he has Yoda powers, well that ups the ante somewhat.

11:27 a.m.  
Anonymous Primal Sneeze said...

Just 3 years to get a black belt. It took me double that just to get my red in origami. I gave it up after that because the local club folded.

11:29 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Bada Boom Tish! Well in Sneezy. I"m hungover like a goat and you made me laugh like a wheezy goat.

11:32 a.m.  
Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Damn you, Sneezy, I didn't even get a snarf for my 'marital' arts! Or should I blame the hangover?

11:57 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Oh god Conan, I didn't even notice, yes, we can blame the hangover. We can blame that for EVERYTHING.

12:15 p.m.  
Blogger PI said...

Sometimes its difficult to distinguish between a typo and wit.

12:26 p.m.  
Blogger gimme a minute said...

I could fucking take him.

12:27 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Pat, it really is, especially when you're slightly cross eyed with the suffering.
Gimmie, you only THINK you could take him, coz unless you have a black belt you're shit out of luck. I mean his inner chi must be AWESOME.

12:35 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I guess he could easily bust knee caps.
I think in order to gain a black belt you should at least be past puberty.

2:17 p.m.  
Anonymous bendersbetterbrother said...

What's the point of someone having a black belt if they can't tie their own shoelaces?

3:44 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

He could bust knee caps if he could reach them I suppose. I have an image of a bigger by holding him at bay with just one arm on his head.
BB indeed. Personally I think no dojo should allow anyone under the age of 16 to gain a black belt and even then they should be retested. Seriously the whole thing smacks of keeping the parents happy.

4:43 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

And everyone having to be a winner. Everyone wins! We all get black belts! Hurrah! Now how excellent and special can we all be changing back into our clothes? My word, Kevin, well done on putting these socks on! Here, have a badge. Look everyone - look at the super job Kevin's done! Hooray!

4:52 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Nothing dies Sam and the world is fair and equal to all. Huzzah indeed!
I imagine the first time our little black belted tyke tries out one of his patented moves on a bigger chap he's going to learn a whole lot about function over form.

4:55 p.m.  
Anonymous bendersbetterbrother said...

FMC, I can see a "...but I'm a black belt.." tantrum coming when he meets his first yellow-belt-but-large-big-Mac-and-fries 9 yr old.

5:31 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

FMC, saw this and thought you'd like it:

http://www.ew.com/ew/gallery/0,,20068689,00.html

7:38 p.m.  
Blogger finn said...

at least yer boy is doing something instead of sitting in front of the boob tube drooling. good on yah archie, i say.

7:41 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

It's not him I'd be sniffy about, it's the school and their belt policy.

7:46 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Medbh, that is a SWEEEET photo of him.

7:47 p.m.  
Blogger gayé said...

I taught for over 7 years, saw my students grow up and get their belts "eventually" after going through kids curriculum.
The rule is "you don't give a black belt to someone you can pick up with your thumb and index finger and put away in a drawer."
The one thing to wonder, what does this kid have to achieve now in the martial arts, as he already has a black belt (!) at 6... Schools like these are just in the money making, handing out ranks and possibly has a huge turnover of students.

FMC: thanks for the suggestion few weeks ago, I bought a pair of jeans from topshop, they do have many different styles there. :)

10:03 a.m.  
Blogger jukebox said...

My daughter achieved her black belt aged nine, after over four years on the FULL Tae Kwon-Do Association(TAGB) - biggest martial arts organisation in Europe - syllabus. She trains with adults and children, and her first degree black belt was not achieved through any diluted kid's programme. She started just short of her 5th birthday - few students START tae kwon-do younger than, say 6, so how Archie got his black belt at six I just don't know. Our students, young and old have to learn their theory and history as well as all the practical. Some TKD schools often dish out belts just for fun....I've seen so called black belts from other organisations who are not even up to yellow belt standard and certainly don’t know the first thing about the history of tenets of tae kwon-do.

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