Welcome to episode #150 – it’s Christmas Day and the fourth birthday of the Token Skeptic podcast!
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This episode features a topic that has always fascinates me: martial arts and just how skeptical we should be about its benefits and practices. There’s a great podcast with a fantastically catchy name – Hiyaa!! – which features hosts Craig Kiessling and Dave Jones. They’ve both been active in the martial arts world for quite some time – being students as well as teachers of a number of different forms. Their podcast is entertaining and informative – as you might expect from folks in Atlanta, Georgia!
For this episode, I’m talking to Dave Jones from Hiyaa!! – he has a lot to share on the misconceptions that many have about martial arts and how to sort out some of the fiction from the facts.
Among the many things we discuss include the Yellow Bamboo martial artists, whose proponents make extravagant but testable claims about using chi to ward off and disable attackers. Here’s a video demonstrating a rather famous (and unfortunately rather hysterical) debunking, filmed in my home town:
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