Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Empty Hand: The Movie
Now this is my kind of reality show.
In this day of mixed martial arts craze, it's reassuring to see traditional Karate as it's meant to be practiced. It's also great to see the documentary is focused on young women, something that is occasionally overlooked in a macho martial world.
Across America, and perhaps across the world traditional martial arts are loosing favor to those who choose the more eclectic mixed martial art training.
Most people say it is because of the shortcomings in traditional fighting styles. I say it's because traditional martial arts training is harder work. You don't just go to the mat and punch and roll. You learn etiquette, cultural values, ancient yet useful weapons, and most importantly, rank and discipline. All these are missing in modern American culture, the ultimate "ME" generation.
-"Empty Hand" looks like a great documentary and something that could inspire this generation of traditional martial artists. I hope to give it further review later.