What David Mamet Understands

David Mamet understands that whether you are in your own backyard practicing forms, in a knife fight at a bar, or competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship--martial arts is a performing art which does two things:
1. It demonstrates that martial prowess has a unique potential to transform situations.

2. It transmits a set of values.

Whether your martial prowess is called "Weakness with a Twist" or "Bloody Elbow," it still demonstrates potency. Your martial arts performance can convey a wide range of different values, from extraordinary discipline, to winning is paramount, to never intensionally hurt someone--but it always communicates--it always transmits. In that sense, it always has a social function.

The film Redbelt is a must see!