The Deadliest Weapon

It has been said that the biggest problem with communication is that we don’t listen to understand; we listen to respond.  This could not be truer than in today’s modern technological world, with our microwave mentality and short attention spans.  It continues to amaze me how ignorant we as a society remain, despite the virtually unlimited amount of information that is instantly available at our fingertips.  It seems like the more easily accessible information becomes, the more ignorant we become; and social media just makes it easier for us to display our ignorance publicly.

A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself. Proverbs 18:2

Not long ago, a friend of mine conducted his own little experiment to see whether or not people would read a controversial Facebook post before posting their own opinions in the comments.   He wrote a short, eight paragraph article titled, “Aikido is Superior to Your Martial Art.”  In the last two paragraphs of the post, my friend concluded that he knew nothing about Aikido, and had simply chosen the topic at random to see how many people would throw up their defenses and comment without actually reading the entire post. 

Well, as you may have concluded (assuming you are still reading and not busy posting your opposing position in the comments section), it did not take long before the comment section began to fill up with posts from people who were noticeably angered by my friend’s claim that Aikido was a superior martial art system.  What was even more discouraging, is the reactions by many of these people upon discovering they had proven his point.  Several of them became angry, at least one claimed he had read the entire article from the onset, but still wanted to make his point that Aikido was not better than his art, and NONE of them seemed to have learned anything from this lesson.

He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.Proverbs 18:13

How important it is to take in all the facts before assuming a position.  When we jump to conclusions before fully hearing a matter, we not only rush in completely unarmed, but we display our own foolishness.  There is absolutely no excuse for not educating yourself on the matter at hand, especially when it is often as easy as reading or listening to what the other person has to say.

I wrote an article for ITS Tactical titled, The Tueller Drill Myth:  Why the 21-Foot Rule Isn’t a Rule at All in May of 2016.  This article was shared in several Facebook groups, and one individual who was a member of several of those groups made it a point to post his counterargument in every group he belonged to where this article was shared.  He basically called me out and said that his Kali teacher would prove to me that a person with a knife was dangerous at 21 feet.  The problem with his argument was that it had nothing to do with my article.  In fact, my article argued his very point.  When I confronted the individual, he admitted that he had not actually read the article and had made his argument based solely on the article’s title. 

I see this kind of thing ALL THE TIME!  Why!!?  Okay, I expect it from the rank and file of society, from the snowflakes and such, but I expect better from those who call themselves martial arts instructors, tactical trainers, sheepdogs, preppers, and the like.  If you are going to prepare yourself for the challenges of life, and what’s more, teach others to do the same, then inform yourself.  Know your “opponent.”  If you are going to step into the octagon of verbal (or written) discourse, shouldn’t you at least know their fighting strategy (i.e. their position and supporting arguments on the issue at hand)?

By the way, I chose this title to conduct my own little experiment.  Check the comments section to see how many people commented based on the title, without ever reading this article. 

The deadliest weapon is the one you wield against yourself.



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Chad McBroom is the owner and founder of Comprehensive Fighting Systems, and specializes in practical empty-hand, blade, stick, and firearms applications. Chad is a regular contributor to RECOIL, ITS Tactical, Black Sheep Warrior,, and other tactical publications. He is the author, coauthor, and contributing author of several books on blade combat and the martial arts. Chad is also a blade designer and knifemaker, who uses his extensive knowledge of edged weapon tactics to design and create some of the most versatile bladed weapons on the market.

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