Movies create powerful images that shape our perception of reality. Well-made films—especially those based on historical events—can be exceptionally powerful, because they can manipulate our understanding of those events and how we believe they actually occurred.
Although most people capable of independent thought know that Hollywood takes a lot of “literary license” in the expression of its art. For serious students of self-defense, separating fact from movie-based fantasy should be a conscious and continuous effort.
For the record, I enjoy action movies as much as the next guy. I also truly appreciate the athleticism and skill of a well-choreographed fight scene and do my best, while watching, to suspend disbelief and enjoy it for what it is: entertainment. I do not, however, try to “learn” self-defense tactics from movies. That’s not what they’re for, and trying to make them satisfy that role is a dangerous way to approach personal-protection training.
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