After I had been studying martial arts for a little while, I began to have people ask me about some pretty strange things. It usually started with “Can you…?” and it was then followed by something they saw in a movie or a video game. Some people would even volunteer outlandish things of their own, and it usually started with: “I knew a guy who could…” More on that later.
The nature of martial arts seems to attract myths, legends, and strange stories. When I was deciding on the subjects for this piece, I chose to look at a few of the things that come up most often when I speak to people about martial arts. So, without further ado, here they are.