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I have a gift for taking complicated subjects
and reducing them to easy to understand
ideas. If I can't do that, then you know
it's a REALLY big subject.
Martial arts is a big subject.

Martial Arts:
A Consumer's Guide

On this page:
Martial Arts Training | Martial Arts Culture | Why We Do This

Welcome to the martial arts hub of the No Nonsense Self-Defense site. This hub is divided into two parts

Martial Arts Training
Martial Arts Culture

Each addresses a different aspect of the martial arts.

The training section is more nuts and bolts approach to help you take your martial art -- whatever style it may be -- and adapt it to work for self-defense.

The culture section is about the many pitfalls, problems and scams you will encounter in the martial arts subculture.

Although they are often presented as such, the two subjects are not the same. So what is the difference?

Martial Arts Training
The Martial Arts Training section addresses training issues, tips, advice and concepts to help you learn whatever system you are involved in more quickly, effectively and fully. For example, the Stance page is a good example of what is commonly NOT taught about such a fundamental concept.

Despite what many accuse us of (because of what is discussed in the Culture hub) we really are here to help you become a better martial artist.

The concepts provided in the training hub will help you with common problems encountered in your training.

Martial arts Culture
The Martial Arts Culture hub addresses personal, social, financial and conceptual issues that you'll encounter in the world and businesses of MA/SD/RBSD/WSD/DT. (Martial Arts/Self-Defense/Reality Based Self-Defense/Women's Self-Defense/ Defensive Tactics).  After a collective time of nearly 65 years in the martial arts, we can state with utter assurance that you will run into these issues.

While there is a lot of good out in the martial arts world, there's a lot of bad as well. And you need to know about both before you plunk your money down.

While there IS good training out there, there's a lot more bad training than there is good. And you can start that subject with the question: ARE the martial arts good for self-defense?

Add to this there is a lot of dysfunction, profiteering, bad behavior and dishonesty in the MA/SD/RBSD/WSD/DT worlds that is hidden under the guise of training, tradition, focus and self-defense.

We're pulling the curtain back on these issues to show you if you are being 'taken for a ride' or not. To do this, we have drawn from fields outside the martial arts to show that: a) We are not making this stuff up and b) So you can check the resources out yourself.

We should warn you: We routinely receive hate mail saying we are condemning and disrespecting 'the martial arts.'

That isn't our intent. The attitude underlying the MA Culture hub is "the critique of organized religion is not a condemnation of god". However, many people don't realize this (or they don't want to). We are not here to "bash the martial arts," but rather to critically examine what goes on under the guise of training.

In this we lay bare many of the problems inherent in commercialized, modern martial art systems and organizations. While we're not slamming the martial arts, there is a lot of seriously non-kosher behavior going on in the MA/SD/RBSD/WSD/DT field. And if you have bought into this dysfunction, then the section is going to be very uncomfortable for you to read.

Why We Do This
We BBQ a lot of sacred cows about the martial arts. That doesn't make us very popular with a lot of people... especially folks who have invested heavily in the systems that pull the sheenagins we discuss on the martial arts culture hub.

You'll hear a lot of people on the Internet talking about our motivations for doing what we do. And boy oh boy, do they manage to get it wrong ...

Why do we do it? Well here's the answer.

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