FK - Sean Smith – Journal #1

Although persons have engaged in martial arts training for thousands of years, the advent of the internet has drastically altered and enhanced the ability of one to supplement training away from a dojang or dojo.  When I was a college student, I studied Shorin Ryu karate during my summer breaks.  I only possessed one book on karate; thus, my ability to practice away from the dojo was hampered by my inability to consult a variety of instructive materials.  In 2014, however, as I prepare for my black belt examination, I have access to, through the internet, a vast array of supplemental materials to aid me as I seek to improve my martial arts skills.  I am able to, for example, review poomsae on Youtube or explore sparring strategies of former champions online.  This ability to access martial arts materials from home makes, in my estimations, training much easier.  One caveat, however, to using these materials is that it is important to check the material to make sure that it is both appropriate and credible.  By appropriate, I mean that as I am working towards a WTF black belt, I should not be looking at ITF materials regarding proper chambers or stances.  By credible, it is important that one substantiates the expertise of the individual or individuals offering the information.  Remember, anyone can post anything he or she wants online, and the mere fact that something exists online does not make it credible.   One example I used to give to my students is as follows:  Type Martin Luther King Jr. into Google.  Go ahead! Try it.  One of the first sites that comes up is martinlutherking.org.  Open it. It appears to be a legitimate site, right?  After all, it even has an org domain name.  However, if you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will see that it is hosted by Stormfront, a white supremacy group.  Not exactly the best place to look up objective information on Martin Luther King, Jr. right?  What I am saying in a rather longwinded fashion is that the internet is a wonderful resource and great supplement to training at Aim High, but one must be careful to verify the legitimacy and appropriateness of materials utilized thereon. 

Posted on August 21, 2014 .