Monday, May 30, 2011

File this Under "Spectacular"

This video is one of the saddest things I've ever seen.

Here's the setup. Apparently, there a few people out there who believe they have some kind of mystical kung fu powers, whereby they can smack you down and rain Holy Hell upon you without even making physical contact with your body. I don't know. Perhaps they twist around your Chi or something.

So, one of these "masters" decided to challenge a MMA fighter (mixed martial arts) to a bout. He even offered a reward of $5,000 if the guy could beat him. This video first shows him flexing his magical muscles on his students, then he proceeds to the fight, where he is quickly beaten senseless.

Here is my logical analysis. 1. By observing his body language and assuming that no person would knowingly throw away $5,000, get punched several times in the face, and suffer total humiliation voluntarily, I believe this guy really believed he had these powers. 2. By observing what appears to be extreme over-acting by his "students," and assuming that no actual blows are pummeling their bodies, I believe the students are knowingly faking their responses, perhaps in some sort of misguided respect towards their teacher or reluctance to disappoint him. 3. The teacher interpreted the reaction of the students as real, resulting in his confidence that any fighter would quickly suffer total defeat at his hands (or gesticulations).

Is this not the classic emperor-has-no-clothes situation?

How could this guy really believe his students' poor acting?

How could these students have knowingly set this guy up for such a spectacular fall?

Sometimes I wonder about our species. I really do.


Charles Gramlich said...

Good thing he wasn't fighting one of the ultimate fighting fighters. He'd be dead now.

SzélsőFa said...

I agree with your analysis.

we have a proverb about strange people, (twisted and deluded like this 'master' in the video, or those who are just plain idiots): 'God has an extensive zoo'.
i too, feel sorry for the poor man, but he called for it.

Shakespeare said...

Wow. Reminds me of a certain date last week, when the select were going to be taken on to heaven.

I wonder what this man would say now, especially with this video showing his spectacular fall.

the walking man said...

Jason...all of us believe what we believe. Ther need be no rhyme or reason for it but we all accept our convictions as truth. yet we ignore the objective for the subjective in almost every incident. That is the combat between the right and left lobes of the brain.

Greg Toombs said...

Almost Obama-like, this delusion interrupted by repeated blows from reality.

jason evans said...

Charles, yeah, this guy was pretty light on him. Maybe he was waiting for the psi smackdown.

Szelsofa, I've never heard that, but I like it! Being in a zoo puts a different spin on life.

Shakespeare, I understand that the responses were very similar. He believed that the MMA fighter, being trained, turned out to have control of his chi, which made him impervious. People don't let go of their hysteria.

Walking Man, I hope my left and right lobes communicate well enough to avoid a mega-beatdown. If not, then I'll hang it up now.

Greg, it's nice when reality sinks in. Too often, it doesn't. Both sides of the isle are guilty of that.

strugglingwriter said...

The MMA guy was very restrained. Good on him. He got his licks in, but could've done much worse. Dude could tell

Greg. Really? I mean, really? You do know that much of our problems occurred under Bush and our "deficit" is due to

I voted for the president, and don't like much of what he has done (especially in "defense"). You're really going to watch this video and somehow make it about President Obama?

jason evans said...

Strugglingwriter, I would never have expected it, but this post went kind of mini-viral. Other sites picked it up, and it got over 3,000 hits yesterday. Those folks clearly have a different viewpoint. I think that's where that came from.

SzélsőFa said...

i also was surprised by that particular comment.
not its content, because i have no competence to to add anything to the topic, but this blog is clearly a non-political one. i don't think it is appropriate to talk about the actual elements of politics here. but you do manage it so well, i think it will go just fine.

Anonymous said...

a total disrespect for the martial art that clown for me is very
embarrassing a total joke