Have you been to the movies lately? How much did that cost you, $10.50 per person and the popcorn is outrageous $5.00 for a small and then you can’t have popcorn without something to wash it down with so you buy a drink for a family of four your evening’s cost is around $70-80. Suppose you decide you just want to go to a hockey game, football or basketball game? What’s the price range of those tickets $16-$100’s of dollars depending on where you sit. It costs a lot to be entertained. How about a play, have you ever been to a play that the whole family could watch. I know that could get to be a little as well.
Entertainment, to be entertained, after a hard week at work you want to kick off your shoes and relax and maybe watch a could television show or even a decent movie but everyone at one time or another wants to get out of the house and enjoy themselves.
Sports, yes they are always entertaining, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey even Golf all can be entertaining. Have you ever watched a volleyball game, would you pay to watch a volleyball game? Is there a benefit to watching something live versus television? I personally think it depends on the person, for me it would have to be what can I see, you know how good are the seats I can get especially when it comes to events that are live. I think when it comes to major championships I would like to be there but if I can’t get good seats I’d rather be at home where I can watch the event on a big screen TV. I remember driving all the way to Augusta Georgia to watch a Mike Tyson fight on the big screen. It was awesome, the next best thing to being there. Of course the fight didn’t last long; it was when Iron Mike was in his prime you know knocking people out within the first or second round.
When I thing of exciting entertainment, I think of boxing title events back in the day Ali/Frazier, Lewis/Tyson, the Super bowl, the World Series and even the final four. I’d add the Masters, NBA Championships and now we can add some MMA events (Couture/Lessner) but I can’t name as many of them as I can for boxing but I’m sure that will change soon. Those were all exciting they kept me home. When Michael Jordan played with Bulls and they played the Charlotte Hornets a $16 ticket now cost me $50 and everyone wanted to go just to see MJ. It all adds to entertainment.
I’d like to offer another exciting venue choice to America in the way of 2 hour live events across America and that’s competitive team point martial arts by way of NMAL sports franchise teams. I think a lot of the downsides determined by martial artists are the primary reason this platform has never made it to prime-time. Just think for a minute about all of the successes that have to do individuals doing something simple at a high level of competition. I think the more simple the better. Consider basketball and a person guarding against the other person scoring a basket. Point martial artists somewhat similar you have one person against another guarding himself/herself from the other person scoring or hitting/striking a vital area and the judge seeing and calling the point. All major sports add a little bit of controversy by adding judges, referees and or officials. The only true way to determine the more superior being is to remove all rules and judges like in gladiator or roman times but that would be barbaric.
My goal is to take what all competitive tournament participants know about a tournaments night time finals and take that piece of the tournament and share it with America by way of NMAL sports franchise teams competing against one another for a national championship – the Kumite. For over 70 years tournament martial arts have existed here in America, and will continue years after I’ve gone.
Don’t you think it’s time the sport (point martial arts) has its own stage?
I’m just saying.