When one practices a martial art long enough, one can occasionally feel a surge of invincibility that is both a reality and an illusion. A reality because you experience moments of pure cohesion, when you’re so efficient in thought and action that it’s almost an out-of-body experience. The illusion is that this experience last longer than it does, that controlling it is easier than it is, and that it can be summoned at will. The result of the illusion is believing you’re the deadliest martial artists on the planet. For most of us, this is part of what a friend of mind called “The Invincible Shodan” syndrome. It usually gets beaten out of you by a sempai pretty quick. Then there are those for whom they never out grow it. So here, I’ll tell you who the deadliest martial artist is on the planet–Vladimir Putin.
I don’t say this meaning to praise him. I’m not going to get into his actual martial arts credentials (which he does have), or his KGB past. I’m merely stating a fact. He has the ability (through his military) to kill millions. The rest of us can’t. So until he’s out of power, just remember, he’s the deadliest martial artist alive and that’s the end of it.
Yes, I’m being a bit facetious.