This may be a touchy subject for osme
And this is the 4th time i have tried to write this post, so here goes again
over my years of training drinking and the martial arts have almost gone hand in hand, we finish sessions with a few drinks and talking at the bar, With some Japanese teachers it was widely known that have a drink with the sensei after class was where you could get some really good stuff and my little old Chinese Taiji teacher used to turn up every so often smelling a little of bai jiou (strong chinese drink that taste like paint thinner)
I also know that many older martial artitst , who after a life or training hard, drink heavily the reason for this could be
- helping with aches and pains
- drunkenness puts your brain in is a similar meditative stae as hard training
- it is a culture thing
- conditioning to them doesn;t matter so much as they didn't use their art in a practical way
I also know of a few guys who would have/ could have been great but alcohol maybe kept them back from achieving full potential. however, in balance to this I think martial artists especially ones looking at practical aspects have to keep in the real world. training hard constantly,and treating out body like a temple is all well and good but maybe too much the other way.
what do other people think on this issue.