Critical Thinking – A new approach to developing our cultures

The Thinker

One of my many personal focus’ within my culture is to highlight the critical thinking processes for Self defence. Outlined below is an excerpt from a site named ‘Bad Martial arts’, don’t let the title ‘Bad Martial arts’ put you off as it is not a skit or derogatory site but provides a new way of thinking with non sceptical views. I have found that the techniques and concepts they demonstrate can be used in any culture, any sport, any hobby, in fact anything you so desire. If you have the time, check out the ‘Critical Thinking’ on this site to find out more about the difference between a skeptic and critical thinking, I know it opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at things.

Excerpt from ‘Bad Martial Arts’ below;

The martial arts, like any subject with ties to the past, is replete with information, facts, conclusions, rules, philosophies, strategies, and more. Lots more. Some of it is useful, and some of it is not. The mere act of trying to decide what it good and what is bad is a daunting task. How could you possibly question knowledge that has been passed down for thousands of years?

Fortunately, there is a strategy that can help. It is called critical thinking, and it is an immensely powerful technique for making your own informed decisions. A good definition of critical thinking was written by Michael Scriven & Richard Paul for the National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking Instruction.

Critical Thinking for Self Defense

A martial artist spends a long time perfecting the techniques used by his or her art. Even simple techniques are difficult to master, and require years of practice before true proficiency sets in. After tens of thousands of pushups and gallons of sweat, the martial artist hones his or her body into a weapon.

The danger is that the martial artist can become so focused on the physical aspects of the art that the mental side is neglected. The typical self-defense technique involves a specific attack with a predetermined response that usually is very bad for the aggressor. When this is needed in a real situation, one has to wonder what the mind was doing before it started. It is extremely rare to just find yourself in a situation where you need to use martial arts. Somehow, something has to have led up to it. Bad tempers? Alcohol? Poor judgment?

With any confrontation, it is conceivable that the events that led up to it were at least partially under the martial artist’s influence. Obviously, not all the time, but not none of the time, either.

There are instructors out there, myself included, that believe that using anything you have learned to hurt someone else is a failure on your part. When it comes to self-defense, you have to do whatever it takes to protect yourself. Once the survival switch gets turned on, do what must be done. On the other hand, violence might have been averted with a little bit of forethought. What comes before the confrontation is at least as important as the actions of the fight itself. Using critical thinking, you can plan for safety, not just react to it.


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