At the college martial arts class I teach, I have a real problem with students who think they know it all because they have studied some martial arts before. I demonstrate a technique and tell them to practice it but instead several of them try to teach it to their partner, explaining it from the POV of their art (usually TKD or Western fencing). It took me a long time to break the fencers of the notion that FMA is played back-and-forth on a line, like competitive fencing, and get them to step off-line. As a FMAer I'm used to people only wanting to sample the weapons part of the art, but I still wish they'd open their minds a bit more. Last night a new student came for the first time (which is odd, as the quarter ends next week). He was a 19 year old 2nd degree black belt in TKD with 12 years' experience, as he promptly informed me. At one point we were tied up doing a cross-arm lock--I had lifted my lesson plan from the video in this post by Mr. Hartman--and I asked him, now that he had me locked, how he'd use that to his advantage? I expected an answer like "elbow to the head" but instead he showed me how he'd jump back, lift his foot, and use a front thrust kick to "break your stick". I was dumbfounded. There was too much wrong with this to get into, and I do always hope that I can bring these people around eventually, so I pointed out that he was giving up the advantage of the lock and the closed range, and that the stick is really only held in my one hand and wouldn't be braced enough for him to be able to break it, let alone that we don't fight with rattan. He was unperturbed. That was his plan. He went on after to class to explain why no one can grapple with him because if they try to tackle him he can always punch them in the head first. I asked if he had ever tried this against a wrestler or BJJer and was told no, just one guy who wants to be a cop. That didn't shake his confidence. Kick the stick I'm holding to break it...I don't know what to say. It may be the single dumbest thing ever said to me by someone who doesn't get what the weapon can do. I may need to make him sit and watch Enter the Dragon and hear what Bruce Lee had to say about board- and brick-breaking skills. They're great confidence builders, but don't get cocky.