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Normally Hollywood movies dish out useful gun advice about as often as the sun goes out, but every once in a while, a movie presents a surprisingly relevant learning opportunity.
Take that corny 1980’s movie, The Karate Kid, for example. I’ll spare you the whole storyline, but in case you never saw it, here are the relevant plotline elements:
- After getting triggered by Karate bullies, main character and overall snowflake, Daniel (The Karate Kid) decides that he wants to learn how to be a martial arts butt kicker.
- He enlists the help of the Bruce Lee of local apartment maintenance guys, Mr. Miyagi.
- Daniel shows up at Miyagi’s house for training and is immediately put to work waxing Miyagi’s cars and painting his wood fence.
- After hours, or maybe minutes, of painting and waxing, Daniel get’s cranky about being Miyagi’s manual labor batch, until he learns a valuable lesson.
To understand Daniel’s epiphany, you have to know that Miyagi made his little Karate student helper was and paint using very specific, and kind of weird techniques. The car waxing required the “wax on” to be done with a circular arm motion in one direction. “Wax off” was the same motion in the reverse direction. As for painting, that required a full arm brush stroke all the way up and all the way back down, kind of like painting a line from his knees to some point over his head.
by Tom McHale