a better modern martial art? The evolving state of the fight.
by Bob Hubbard
In ancient days armies met on battlefields, and warriors fought
in one on one tests of skill, ability and luck. Today, modern warfare
of often done from a distance, using computers, and one on one fights
are uncommon, and a sign that someone screwed up. The battlefield
arts of yesterday evolve into the street defense arts of today, seeking
to protect you not against a charging calvary horde, but a mugger
seeking easy money in a dark alley way. Modern defensive arts have
evolved from their ancient fore bearers to offer a solution to that
But not all fights are on the street, or even in the "real
Today, we face more than just the old fashioned mugger
or rapist. Today we face the ideas of "identity theft", and "Cyber
Crime". Criminals today have entered the online world, and
seek to harm you through the use of digital weapons. In a world
physical ability is meaningless, what can you do to protect yourself?
Physical world arts come in various ways, some simple, some complex.
One factor that has always been component for truly excelling at
the warrior arts was to profess brains, as well as brawn. Today,
it is no different. Developing your mind and expanding your ability
to think on your feet is as important today as it way a thousand
years ago, perhaps more.
But more schools of defense don't teach the art of intellectual
warfare. They leave that to the local education system, an institution
that often finds itself underfunded and understaffed to give the
completeness of training that we need today.
So, what can you do to enhance your defensive training and protect
yourself more thoroughly?
Learn how to recognize threats to your personal privacy, and actions
that put your identity at risk.
Be careful who you give out personal information to, especially tax
id numbers (social security numbers in the US), and make sure your
children know not to tell strangers their address or phone number,
or even their last names.
Read articles that will keep you informed of what the laws are,
and what the agencies that hold your information are doing with it,
and what they can do with it by law.
Think for yourself, and don't let others do it for you. You need
to research the rules and regulations and means to protect yourself
in a world that is as much 'cyber' as 'real' today. Use pins and
passwords that aren't obvious, and don't write them on sticky notes
by the computer. Don't leave tax information, pay stubs, legal documents,
leases, or bills lying around. Invest in a shredder, a good one,
and use it to shred confidential documents before disposal. Take
inventory of your wallet and note numbers, and contact information
so that if it is lost or stolen you ca quickly stop the risk to your
bank and credit cards.
Today, cyber crime is rising, and our governments are thinking more
and more about cyber warfare.
As a complete martial artist, shouldn't you be prepared for it too?
Bob Hubbard is an administrator of the popular martial arts sites
MartialTalk.com and KenpoTalk.com. He is president of SilverStar
WebDesigns inc., a web site design and hosting company specializing
in affordable solutions for martial artists as well as a professional
photographer. More of Bob's articles can be found at rustaz.net.
Please contact Bob if you would like him to review your martial arts
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