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The Western world was introduced to the martial arts during the early 70s when the big screen demonstrated the talents of Bruce Lee. Movies portraying Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris soon appeared to the delight of action enthusiasts. The ability to defeat a number of foes single-handedly using martial arts-inspired thousands to join dojos in hopes of learning the Asian art of self-defense. However, all too often, the action portrayed in Hollywood movies is not reality. Popular Asian actor Jackie Chan has suffered a number of horrendous injuries during his career. There are many myths associated with the arts.

Requires Hard Work

Martial arts athletes must be committed to working hard to acquire the various belt rankings. Instructors and students spend years of dedication to achieve their goals, which come at a financial cost. Many have also sustained injuries along the way. Numerous individuals attend martial arts classes only to become disillusioned as to the degree of devotion and work required to climb through the ranks.

Provides a False Sense of Security

The carefully choreographed movements of actors during a martial arts encounter do not play out the same in reality. In the movies, the actions and reactions of an attacker are often slower than what occurs in real life. As such, an inexperienced fighter may still become injured while trying to defend themselves. Someone may perceive that they are quite skilled. However, a physical attack is often unexpected, which leaves the victim unable to think and act clearly. Besides any physical injuries incurred, the victim is also often emotionally and psychologically traumatized for years to come.

Not an Equalizer

Many are under the misconception that becoming skilled in martial arts gives a weaker or a smaller individual an advantage over an opponent. But, the ability does not necessarily ensure that an attack victim will successfully outwit and defeat someone who is enraged or hell-bent on causing total destruction of their victim. Being able to survive an attack depends on a variety of factors that include skill, experience and circumstances of the encounter.

The Reality of the Fight

In reality, martial arts masters prefer to avoid confrontations if at all possible. They also most definitely do not engage in a battle with numerous attackers simultaneously. They additionally realize that one or two strikes will not disarm their opponent. When fights do occur, they are more of a battle of wits and strategy, rather than brute force.