I have a post that relates and since I put it on Van’s forum I felt appropriate to post it here too.
In this particular case had I been in a less kind and gentler mood I cannot say I would not have drawn the same conclusion George did. The presentation was inflammatory and it was not a stretch to this it was troll bragging.
Anyway since this was related to people getting bashed (although I would have considered George’s post more of a little head thunk “what were you thinking” kind of thing) and there was an editorial on that issue I thought it only appropriate to post this here as well.
I once told Laird that the forums are kind of like written conditioning. You may take a beating and bruise in the beginning but you toughen over time and you learn how to deal.
I have been involved in the forums longer than many here today and not as long as some still around. I have seen the “wars” erupt and calm down. I have seen the disagreement and fragmenting of friendships and the rebuilding. And I have been involved in them as well.
I know there are some out there who criticise and disparage the forums because they portray to others that these wars are all that are here. This has kept more good people away than what actually takes place.
Most often I find that these are people who have never bothered to get involved and participate. Some have never even posted. Odd don’t you think? Higher moral ground to sit back and criticise I guess. (Not!)
We are here to learn and to discuss. I think it was Bill that said we should be able to articulate why we do what we do and how we do it. These forums teach us a great deal in that regard.
What I do not understand is those that hold strong opinions but do not want to come on these forums and represent them? Shockingly they then complain that their views are not being expressed. HUH! Do they want others to represent them for them?
I do know some have shied away from posting because they got taken to the mat, but I still think they should get up and post. And I do not think people should get blasted for disagreeing, that is what makes for good discussion.
However, I am not sure that is the issue, I think some expect everyone to agree with them and not question what they post. When questioned they take offence. It should go without saying the questioning should be polite.
The one comment I cannot understand is: “Most teachers are afraid to voice their opinions.” HUH? What about all that self confidence we get from Karate? How can they teach self confidence when words scare them off? This is troubling to me. (Hope that comment didn’t scare anyone off.
Uechi is known for its conditioning. We love it. We love taking the shots and growing stronger and learning how to deliver back. So get some forum conditioning. Get involved and tell your side. Do not expect people to bow down and agree with you, but post well and do some convincing.
So just post, deal and have fun.
Like in this case we should have had a clarification post from Mills75 by now.