The online realm is filled with pretentious mini-clips from podcasts constantly saying that bodybuilders can’t fight and will be destroyed by <insert an MMA name here> in an instant.
It’s probably true.
Yet bodybuilding remains the ULTIMATE self-defense martial on the planet.
It’s better than MMA, Kung Fu, Jeet Kune Do, Taekwondo…etc.
“How so? How is it better if bodybuilders can’t fight? We still remember that old clip of Rich Piana,” asks the dreamer.
It’s extremely simple.
The purpose of self-defense is protection.
And the best protection is non-participation/avoidance.
Bodybuilding does exactly that.
It’s all about perception.
Imagine the following situation. You need money, desperately. Your only option is to rob someone on the street.
There are two men in your radius. One is a 135-pound boxer with poor posture and a cut lip.
The other is a 220lbs steroid-loaded bodybuilder with male pattern baldness and a massive bicep vein that would hypnotize you if you look at it for more than 10 seconds.
Who are you going to attack?
I know that many people (usually reddit professors) will start weird rationalizations right now, but the truth is:
You’re going to attack the smaller guy.
The bodybuilder will remain protected precisely because he is large.
Therefore, bodybuilding a.k.a. the art of putting massive amounts of test in your body for the sake of bribing your mitochondria (or whatever it was called) to synthesize more protein WORKS better than trying to break your fists by hitting a heavy bag.
What do the martial arts professors always say on TV?
“I hope I never have to use my skills in real life. ”
“I always try to avoid conflict.”
Well, if you want to avoid conflict maybe you should stop looking like someone who has been skipping dinner since 1990 and start tr-e-n-n-i-n-g harder. (just kidding, kinda)
Bodybuilding does exactly that.
It transforms you from a target into the OAK that no one would ever bring an ax to.
“But the boxer will destroy the attacker,” says the dreamer.
Good. Let’s return to the story.
Even if the boxer destroys the attacker, the vulnerable situation is already a fact.
Nothing is as safe as nothing.
And bodybuilding gives you exactly that – nothing.
The shaved muscle head will continue walking to the gym while the boxer is under attack that could change his life forever. Even if the boxer destroys his opponent he is risking damage.
Below are a few possibilities:
- The boxer could break his wrist/hand. (Without gloves that’s a real possibility).
- The boxer could cause lethal damage. The consequences here are very bad for both sides.
- The attacker could get agitated and use a weapon. Let’s see you boxing against a knife, a gun, or a Harley Davidson chain.
“But what if we are in a boxing ring,” continues the dreamer.
First, who is going to put you in a boxing ring by force?
Second, why would a bodybuilder accept to fight under conditions that favor only one party?
Can’t you switch the ring for a phone booth?
Third, professional and amateur fighting in a ring is not part of the self-defense program. It has the opposite effect a.k.a. self-destruction.
And by the way, when you push aside boxing, MMA, and similar martial arts, things get even more laughable.
It’s should be obvious that all martial arts that teach you how to make dragons with your hands (e.g., Wing Chun…etc.) are a complete waste of time (unless the teacher is hot and let’s face it – he/she probably isn’t.)
Massive arms and a pumped chest do more for your protection than touching wooden dummies for no good reason. (that’s a fact).
“But bodybuilders are all show and go,” continues the dreamer.
It’s about time you start listening. I already told you – it’s all about perception.
When you see a guy in a nice suit with a blinking watch, you immediately conclude that he has money and is probably working a well-paid job.
Now, when you see someone dressed in tennis clothes that haven’t been in a washing machine since November 17, 2012, what do you think? A poor loser.
The second guy could be the creator of a famous social media and storing billions in a bunker while the first guy is a wannabe who has a hard time paying his car payments.
“But martial arts teach you how to be a calm philosopher. They help your discipline too,” continues the dreamer.
Last time I checked “martial art philosophy” and discipline can’t protect you from a fist.
And to be honest, the vast majority of philosophy is just theoretical mental gymnastics.
Second, bodybuilders have more discipline as the activity is 24/7.
Bodybuilders have to be persistent with three things:
(the order is not random)
Following a strict steroid cycle requires more IQ and discipline than skipping rope a couple of times a week.
Eating like a robot is a mental, lunatic activity that bodybuilders have to do.
Training…well… this is just too easy…but it has to be done too.
“But bodybuilders don’t know how to take a punch. They’ve never been hit. “
Neither have most people doing martial arts.
Most martial arts training is designed to generate money for the studio/owner/club rather than to produce some mean killing machines.
Hence most commercial gyms don’t even do real sparing but dance with gloves and throw medicine balls instead.
But even if they did, people are not going to hit you as hard as they can for obvious reasons whereas an attacker may do it….for obvious reasons.
Second, no training can turn your body into Chromoly steel. Even if you’re trained well, a hit is a hit.
P.S. In 2014, NattOrNot.com celebrated its 10th birthday.
It’s kinda crazy to think about it, but it is what it is.
This was the FIRST site dedicated to exposing fake natties. Many people copied it. I was also offered money for the site a couple of times but refused. It’s still NattyOrNot.com. I am still TruthSeeker. Older, and maybe sadder, but still me.
The articles have been an inspiration to many and translated into multiple languages.
I would like to thank you for supporting me for a decade.
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Let’s see what happens in the next 10 years.