Physical Punishment

corby's picture

Physical punishment is most commonly the way instructors separate the dedicated from the dilettante.

If a person shows up at practice and tells a teacher "I want to fight!" and the teacher's reaction is "Well okay then, let's get you in armor." then that teacher is using physical punishment to determine whether the new person is dedicated enough to keep at heavy fighting. Guess what? Lots of people who go home from their first fight practice with foot long bruises on their leg and butt decide to try something else. I'm pretty sure I would have.

Many of these people who never again put on borrowed armor could have been successful fighters if they hadn't been traumatized their first time out. Not everyone thrives in a confusing, violent and painful environment where they are likely to feel like they have no control or chance for anything except getting hit over and over. While there's a small percentage of men (always men) who get more and more determined as they get more and more bruised, the majority of people who experience the "newbie beat down" don't enjoy the experience. And since they thought fighting would be fun, when they find out the reverse is true, they are done with fighting.

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corby's picture

Always Men?

In my experience, the people who get more determined as they get more beaten down are always men. Women have more sense than that, but more on point, american culture doesn't really have a place where they train women to expect constant physical abuse as the expected price of progress. (Well, maybe bikini waxing.)

Men do. It's called high school football.
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