Dangerous Old Men = Social Harmony?

This article makes an interesting point:

http://grimbeorn.blogspot.com/2004_06_01_archive.html#108619407558263312

I agree.

I see a definite and very palpable difference in teens/young men who regularly train — whether it’s Eastern martial arts or fencing — with older men who are more skilled and capable. It’s almost like it takes the pressure off the young men to try to show off as the alpha in the room when it’s clear there’s a another guy right there twice or even three (or four!) times his age who’s quite capable of taking him down.  I’ve seen it myself — heck, I’ve trained under it myself  — and the kids I’ve seen come out of my classes have so far grown to be respectful, capable, solid citizens and young men.

But maybe my sample’s a bit small — anyone else have an experience or thought on this?

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