Skills without the work

To: Hakeem Alexander

The truth is, (by your own admission) you have less training than the average 12-year-old TKD black belt. You can obviously kick high, and you obviously have a very high opinion of your own skills and your personal intellectual development. What you have failed to do is convince a group of individuals knowledgable of the subject you profess to be expert in that you are in fact anything more than a garden-variety dilletante in that regard. I have asked politely for you to clarify exactly what it is that makes you a grandmaster. Your response has been bad poetry, pathos-laden allegory, and unverifiable anecdotal evidence.

You display many of the classic traits of a martial arts romantic who wants the skills without the work. Have you won any competitions? Hold any titles? Defeated hordes of ninja? What have you really done? Fighting your drunk father, while an inspiring story, doesn’t exactly mean anything. I was bouncer, and I have fought with dozens of drunk people. They are easy to control and victory is a relatively simple thing if you know what you are doing. The fact that you list this as an accomplishment is indicative of your lack of knowledge on the subject.

I suggest you attend the next throwdown in your area, and allow us to see if you are as good as you claim to be. You may be an extremely competent fighter, and if you are you deserve respect as such. But you sound like a teenager with a Bruce Lee hard-on eveery time you speak.

If I am wrong, than it should be a simple thing for you to prove it.

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