Self-defense? How likely am I to have a sword on hand when attacked? Home defense? That’s what a 30-30 carbine is for. Winning duels? Dueling styles, like fencing and kendo, are better suited for that. Haidong is a battlefield style. Winning battles? You win battles with artillery these days.
Looking cool? Sure. Having a magnificently malevolent mule? Any day of the week. Zombie apocalypse? I’m in very good company.
Seriously, though, there are only two reasons to learn Haidong. Because it is ridiculously cool — it’s basically Ataru. If you don’t need to look that up, you should probably get out more.
The second reason ties into the first. In the immortal words of that sage of our age, Will Smith…
The keys to life are running and reading. When you’re running, there’s a little person that talks to you and says “Oh I’m tired. My lung’s about to pop. I’m so hurt. There’s no way I can possibly continue.” You want to quit. If you learn how to defeat that person when you’re running, you will know how to not quit when things get hard in your life. For reading: there have been gazillions of people that have lived before all of us. There’s no new problem you could have – with your parents, with school, with a bully. There’s no new problem that someone hasn’t already had and written about it in a book.
That little man tells me to quit about halfway through Basic Cuts each Haidong session. But most of the time, I tell him to stuff it. Because I’m learning freaking Ataru.
— Logic Monkey