As a practicing martial artist for most of my life, I've noticed a trend of people who mock it more than before. I don't know if this is because this has always been the mind set (and people were just blowing smoke because of my age), or if perceptions have really changed.
To give an example. Before if I said that I practiced any form of ma before people would say things like; Really, what style? Or I've always wanted to study blah blah blah. Or Oh yeah when I was a kid I did blah blah blah.
But now its like; Oh karate masa. Or Whattaa yatata kai!! Or something ridiculous.
What are your thoughts?
If there has been a shift, how can we as practitioners correct it?
Personally I don't usually talk about martial arts to people that don't train. In my experience people who joke or mock martial artists are only jealous because they don't have the discipline to study it themselves.