We’ve had parts one and two of what dojo brutality can look like but this post here takes a slightly different angle. The brutality is just as horrific but it’s hidden behind the submissiveness of the student.
Now you’ probably won’t get all that upset over this one because there’s only a small cut right? There isn’t too much blood. Nor do you see anybody get brutally stomped on the head like in the previous videos. So this isn’t a big deal right?
Take another look at the clip and notice one little detail: the student steps back when the guy does his sword cut. What if that student hadn’t done so? My bet is the sword would have done some major damage. Given that he already drew blood as is, what are the odds he could have adjusted the angle on the fly to avoid cutting straight through the skull? Again, my money is not on him managing to avoid killing his student.
The brutality part is this: what on earth could convince that student to go along with this? Does it go like:
“Hey, we’re gonna attach an apple to your forehead and then cut it off with a katana. Don’t move too much and you’ll be fine, OK?”
“Oh, cool. I always wanted to do something like that. Let’s do it!”
I kind of doubt it… Somehow that student decided to switch off common sense and go ahead with this. There could be other explanations but they all have one thing in common: the teacher is making this happen.
Now I’ve done some similarly stupid stuff in my training in the past, so I do get why people are into these kind of demos. But they’re bullshit. If you want to make a point about weapon control or skill, it’s lost once you kill or maim your student.You want to show some skill? Do what this guy does:
He’s a lot more precise than the guy in the first clip and nobody gets hurt if he messes up.
The ironic part is this: we go “Oooh!” and “Aaah!” over martial arts “masters” testing their weapon skills on a student like that but you rarely hear them talk about safety guidelines and protocol. In that regard, even half-way decent firearms instructors own their butts, big time. I’ve yet to see anybody try to shoot an apple from a guy’s head at the range… Somehow, these instructors understand that there’s really no upside to this kind of idiocy.