Is Martial Arts A Deadly Weapon? Maybe Not
Do You Have Martial Arts Misconceptions?
Is martial arts a deadly weapon? Martial arts are a non-deadly form of self-defense, at least that’s what they’re supposed to be. Unfortunately, some people think they are deadly weapons. This misconception comes from frequent use of mixed martial arts in movies and TV shows, where the protagonist vanquishes enemies with karate chops and roundhouse kicks.
The truth is that martial arts are not meant to cause harm; it is used to defend oneself as much as possible without causing yourself any harm.
If you think you might need to defend yourself, then it is very important to understand what martial arts is and what it is not. If you want to learn more about mixed martial arts and self-defense in general, then you need to read this article.
Why do people think martial arts are deadly weapons? People who think martial arts are deadly weapons may have been influenced by Hollywood movies with martial arts in them. They are not real martial arts. They are fake martial arts that use some techniques to make them look realistic.
In fact, they are bad martial arts because they may influence people in to thinking what’s fake is fact, and what is fact then becomes hard to accept. So, the first problem is that they do not teach you the real martial arts. The second problem is that they are not real scenarios for martial arts or any fighting styles for that matter.
Many people believe that martial arts is a lethal weapon. Martial arts are not exactly weapons, but they can be used as weapons if you train hard enough. The more knowledge you have of the art, the more deadly your weapon becomes.
The best martial arts weapons you can train is your body. If you are equipped with the best weapon, then you do not need to depend on a lethal weapon like a gun or knife.
Your body is the most deadly weapon you can have. The problem is that most people do not train their bodies. They spend all their energy training their minds, which is half of a good idea. When you train your mind and body, you will be at your best physical levels.
Your body will be in peak condition, and all you need is the right training to sharpen your weapon to be in peak condition at all times.
The Advantages Of Studying Mixed Martial Arts
The following are some of the advantages of studying mixed martial arts:
A martial arts class is a good way to strengthen your core, gain confidence in yourself, and relieve stress. It is well-known that martial arts students have better self-control. Students of martial arts see the society from a different perspective. Students become more focused, responsible, and a bit more humble.
Students of martial arts have a strong desire to learn more. A martial art class is a great way to connect to yourself, your friends, and your teacher.
Many people who do not know mixed martial arts think people who study martial arts are violent. This is definitely not the case. There are many people who study martial arts and live a peaceful life. Martial arts are forms of exercise that promote health and help people stay fit.
They help people become more aware of their bodies. Anyone can learn martial arts. It is not something that only people who are physically fit can learn. It is not about being strong physically.
Are Martial Artists Obsessed With “Deadly” Weapons?
There are some martial artists who develop their techniques and skills so they can actually use them to hurt others, but what about actual weapons, are martial artists obsessed with lethal weapons? Martial arts weapons are comprised of techniques, maneuvers, and methods that are designed to train practitioners in the art of self-defense. A fighter may use martial arts weapons (e.g., knives, sticks) which are sometimes used as part of the class curriculum, but most often they will employ their bare hands and feet to subdue an opponent.
There are cases in which the martial artist may use a weapon. For example, if someone, who is armed, is threatening or attacking a person, then the martial artist may be forced to use a lethal weapon, as is in the case of such things as home invasions.
There are some martial artists who develop their techniques and skills so they can act as a deterrent to violence rather than an instigator. Others argue that because martial arts are not usually used in combat practice they are not really deadly.
The truth is, not everyone who practices martial arts is looking to end a person. Some are looking to defend themselves against someone who is trying to hurt them. This is why some martial arts are categorized as lethal, but others are not and seen as just sport.
If you look carefully at combat fighting or combat sports, then you can understand how the techniques are used because of the intent behind them. This means that we should not look blindly at combat sports and think they’re useless for self-defense or the fact that combat systems are only for hurting others.
Read about combat sports: 11 Glimpses Into What Are Combat Sports
The main purpose of any martial art is to win, whether it’s by immobilizing your opponent, submission, knockout, a points system, or whatever the ecosystem is for the martial art used. The intent behind the use of your art is what’s going to make it deadly or not.
Now, a martial arts practitioner can easily list off the weapons they carry around with them; shoes, fists, head, elbows, knees. It is true that these can be lethal weapons if used wrongly, and that they can cause serious injury but traditional martial arts like karate teach students to use their skills for safety purposes if the need arises to defend themselves.
Karate teaches its students how to use feet and hands in a way that does not inflict damage on the attacker. If someone does get hurt, then the attacker may have been too vicious or violent.
Again, this reiterates the use of your combat fighting system by intent.
Why do many people I know want to join a martial arts class? Most people join martial arts classes because they want to improve their health, their physical fitness, and their confidence. I would count confidence at the top of any list. Even if they drop out, they feel that they have made an investment in their physical health and in their self-confidence.
In boxing or MMA you’re greatest opponent is yourself. If you train for a long time you may become a better person. You may become more aware of yourself, and you may be more confident in dealing with other people if you were not before.
Is There Too Much Emphasis On Competition?
As a martial arts fighter, I often talk to people who want to join a self-defense class or they want to learn from me.
Most often, I find that they’re not that serious about it at all. The whole idea of watching two fighters in a UFC MMA match has them pumped, so I guess I can’t blame them, but there are other personal reasons why people would like to learn self-defense. I can’t claim to know them all.
When should I start getting serious about studying martial arts? Martial arts is a great way to improve your health, be more confident, and make new friends. But when should you start building up the courage to study martial arts? Some people say that it should be at an early age of 3 years old. However, more experienced martial artists say it is best to start at 14 or older.
What I say is that you should start when you’re ready. If you’re planning on making a career out of it, then yeah start young. But even if you were older, you could still start and create a career out of it. It doesn’t have to be professional fighting.
There are many routes to take in the world of combat fighting and teaching can be one of them if that’s what you want, but this out of the scope of this article so let’s get back to “Is martial arts a deadly weapon?”.
Let’s actually discuss, “What is a Deadly Weapon?” first. In the United States, a deadly weapon is considered to be anything which is intended to cause demise or great bodily harm. In other countries, this definition can vary from carrying a knife, gun or any object that can be used as a lethal weapon. Your body can be considered a weapon as you’ve already figured out.
Whether you carry a weapon on your person and intend to use it unlawfully against another person, then you are considered a lethal weapon.
For example, if you are walking down the street and someone is walking towards you with a knife, you could reasonably say that you are being threatened by a deadly weapon and therefore, you have the right to defend yourself. But that doesn’t mean you can use deadly force, unless you are in fear of your life.
Defining Weapons: What Constitutes A Weapon?
The definition of a weapon can differ based on the person you ask. For some, anything that can lethal is considered a weapon.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines weapons as objects or substances that are designed to be used to cause harm to people.
Safer Workplace Solutions states that if an object is not designed to injure but can still do so, it is still considered a weapon.
When does an object become a deadly weapon? A deadly weapon is any instrument in the hands of one person that would be reasonably expected to produce deadly force and/or to inflict great bodily injury.
So what is deadly force? Deadly force is a physical force that is intentionally used to inflict serious bodily injury, such as beating someone senseless with your bare hands. However, deadly force is never a reasonable response when the actual or apparent danger is not reasonably perceived to be deadly.
Deadly Weapons: What Types Of Weapons Are Considered Deadly?
The use of deadly weapons to harm or kill another person is what makes them considered deadly. There are several types of deadly weapons that are used to inflict harm on people. So, does that mean you’re a deadly weapon because of you know martial arts?
There are many ways to inflict harm on people without using a a lethal weapon, but guns seem to be the most popular in the media, even though the number of deaths from stabbings far exceed that of guns. The number of deaths from stabbings make headlines, but few people are arrested for them. Why?
As the media has been known to exacerbate crime, it is possible that Americans are more likely to defend themselves or others with guns rather than knives, but most people don’t carry firearms. Everyday normal people like us defend themselves with their hands if the need arises.
So, what’s the media playing at? Fiction?
The actual numbers don’t lie. Violent crime rates have been decreasing in the United States for decades.
In fact, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, they report that property crime in the United States is much greater and more common than violent crimes overall. Even the FBI has reported that the amount of property crimes compared to violent crimes were much higher (2109.9 property crimes to 379.4 violent crimes per 100K.
They’ve also stated that the highest type of property crime was larceny or theft, then burglary, then vehicle theft. They included that aggravated assault was the most common of violent crimes, then came robbery, then rape, and lastly murder or non-negligent manslaughter.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has found minor differences than the offenses found by the FBI but overall patterns were the same showing theft as the most common of property crimes during 2019 and assault as the most common of violent crime.
Between 1993 and 2019, according to the FBI, violent crimes per 100,000 people decreased from 747.1 to 379.4 have crashed, cratered, declined, descended, dipped, dived (or dove), dropped, fell, lowered, nose-dived, plummeted, sank (or sunk), skidded, and tumbled regardless of the data source.
So, it seems we’re being taken for a ride from the news being reported, but you knew that already, didn’t you?
The point behind all these numbers and reports is that martial arts or combat fighting systems, or combat sports are all used mostly for training and developing the body and mind (as well as your ego, I guess if that’s you).
Martial arts are the deadliest on the big screens of Hollywood movies. Combat fighting systems are the deadliest in actual combat or war. Combat sports can be dangerous, but there are rules in place to minimize serious injuries. Not to say that there hasn’t been any, but those risks come with any sport.
Classification: Is Martial Arts A Deadly Weapon?
The classification of martial arts as a deadly weapon can be difficult to define in certain circumstances.
For example, martial arts weapons involves hand-to-hand combat, which is why they are considered to be a lethal weapons under certain circumstances.
Martial arts are taught in schools worldwide, meaning that most children who are looking for self defense techniques will learn what it takes to do so with their hands. They are best known to be used in self-defense and teaching children discipline, but it can also be used as a deadly weapon.
A type of martial art that could potentially be considered a deadly weapon would be Krav Maga, which was originally created for the Israeli Defense Forces. When it comes to training techniques, this style of fighting uses elbows, kicks, and knees to attack opponents. It is one of the ways that the military trains for combat.
Read this to understand: 9 Real World Krav Maga Techniques
Instead of just preparing themselves for war, they test themselves to see if they could survive if they had to fight their way out of a situation. In this case, this combat fighting system can be seen as a deadly.
In this case, this brings us to another point. That some martial art schools (like those that practice karate) are regulated by law, meaning that they are classed as deadly weapons under certain circumstances, making some states require fighters to register themselves.
We all have the power to cause the demise of someone whether we know martial arts or not, whether we use our bodies as martial arts weapons or we use manufactured lethal weapons. This is why martial arts teach that we all need to be careful with our fellow human beings and seek a peaceful outcome as our first option.
So, Are You a Deadly Weapon? If you’re reading this, then maybe, if you’re training in mixed martial arts which is a form of combat sport that has been used for centuries and continues to be used in modern times.
Mixed martial arts are nothing new. However, are mixed martial arts deadly weapons by definition? The answer to this question may depend on the person or situation.
It is up to the individual to make a decision on if martial arts should be considered a deadly weapon or not. Martial arts can be used as a deadly weapon and in some situations it has been. However, it’s also used for self-defense and in some situations just for good exercise.
Thank you for reading this article about martial arts and whether or not it is a deadly weapon.