As with any industry the martial arts community does have its various problems and when it comes to martial artists having their photos taken then the problem of where to put your hands is truly a massive one. A problem that has been around since the beginning of time itself and I fear one that will never be resolved. Just where do you put your hands in a situation like that?
The top four most used methods are known to all and all of them are silly. In third place we have that ‘look at me’ karate pose. There they are in their nice white clean Gi’s with their arms down with fists clenched tight. Some in all fairness do try to brave a smile while the rest put on that stern ‘I am going to kill you’ look. How boring?
In equal third place we have the kung fu answer to that one with the person having their hands in front of them in a fancy guard position. Also boring. In proud second place we have the single fist method.
Often seen when a photo is being taken at an awards event or something of that nature we see a couple of guys giving each other a hug and with their one free hand they stick their clenched fist up in front of them. Normally when I see that one I feel like running into the street totally naked and shouting ‘I can’t take this anymore’.
Now we come onto the number one spot for silly martial art photos. Yes you know the one don’t you? That famous doorman look. There they stand with their arms down and linking their hands together in front of their groin and looking like a bouncer ready to tell you that you can’t come in to the night club without a ticket.
Do they really look like a doorman when they do that for a martial arts picture? Yes they bloody well do, as I found out way back in December 2012 when meeting up with a woman from one of my forum groups for the first time in London.
Walking through that famous public park called Kensington Palace Gardens in London I asked my lady companion if she would be kind enough to take a photo of me as I needed a new profile photo for my websites and forum groups. No problem she said - so standing there in a full suit and tie job on that very cold but very sunny winters day I found myself at a loss as to where to put my hands so I went for the number one option and assumed the doorman stance with hands covering the groin like they do. Big mistake.
On the spot she told me off and said I looked like I was posing for a doorman’s job. So I went for the hands clasped in front of me business look in desperation. I was never the same after that.
So where do you put your hands in a situation like that? If someone can come up with a brand new viable option I think they would become world famous for sure.
Being a martial artist is a demanding job when it comes to sticking your hands in the right place you know?