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notcisjustwoman:

stuffmeister:

notcisjustwoman:

I just want to clarify that I do not agree with physical fighting, including MMA, boxing, etc, for either men OR women. I wouldn’t want to see it outlawed because I don’t think that’s the way to deal with it, but I think it is morally reprehensible for human beings to get…

Eloquently put! And it’s the same for me. MMA isn’t about the violence, it’s about the purity of testing one’s skills and strategy against a skilled opponent.

I’ve seen jiu jitsu referred to as kinetic chess and I believe that the metaphor can be applied to martial arts in general. MMA is a game of wits just as much as it is a game of athleticism.

American football is under scrutiny at the moment from the amount of head trauma the game causes. Head injuries are rife in the sport and have been linked to brain damage resulting in depression and suicide. I notice you don’t make an argument against that sport.

You can find violence in any sport if you look for it. After all, sport is war diluted.

MMA as a sport has been a ridiculously positive influence on my life. It has made me more confident as a person, taken a lot of fear out of my life, introduced me to a lot of amazing people and taught me that there are opportunities to learn everywhere. I have pushed myself to learn and found a new level of determination that has driven me to finally complete a University degree and gain employment in a capital city, all because of MMA.

And most of all, most importantly as far as I’m concerned, MMA has taken a lot of the anger and violence out of me. I was a very angry child, destructive in a lot of ways, but when I found MMA I found a way to channel my negative emotions into something positive.

TL;DR - I’ll have to respectfully disagree with the original statement, just like my friend here. MMA is not violence made acceptable. The clue is in the name: MMA is mixed martial art.

My post was in response to a man, Fallon Fox, who broke Tamika Brents eye socket in a “womens” MMA fight. So kindly take your over-intellectualized poetic defense of violence somewhere else. This is not the place for your male bullshit.

Martial arts aren’t “male bullshit.” Take your ignorant, over-intellectualized generalizations and shove them.

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anthonyedwardstarks:

During rehearsals, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton found out that they both hated the new Volkswagen Beetle with a passion, and for the scene where Tyler and The Narrator are hitting cars with baseball bats, Pitt and Norton insisted that one of the cars be a Beetle. As Norton explains on the DVD commentary, he hates the car because the Beetle was one of the primary symbols of 60s youth culture and freedom. However, the youth of the 60s had become the corporate bosses of the 90s, and had repackaged the symbol of their own youth, selling it to the youth of another generation as if it didn’t mean anything. Both Norton and Pitt felt that this kind of corporate selling out was exactly what the film was railing against, hence the inclusion of the car; “It’s a perfect example of the Baby Boomer generation marketing its youth culture to us. As if our happiness is going to come by buying the symbol of their youth movement, even with the little flower holder in the plastic molding. It’s appalling to me. I hate it.” 

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thesenseicorner:

You’re not a real martial arts school until you have a male, middle aged student with a pony tail, just saying.

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