Luke Holloway. Here’s What I Really Think
As much as his royal manhawk is conquering the world right now on and off the internet, I see no legitimate reasons, from my perspective, to try and discredit him or otherwise publicize what negative things I feel about his character.
That being said,…
Here is what I really feel and think about Luke Holloway.
But who the fuck am I and what the fuck do I know about Luke? I have had the pleasure of meeting Luke his first time to Canada. I picked him up at the airport in a borrowed car to accommodate for that man’s mammoth frame and cranium. He’s a big man, at 6’4″ and somewhere around 250-260 lbs. Seeing him walk out of the terminal with his earbuds in and constant surveying gaze (he has cat-like awareness of the surroundings), our eyes met, smiles ensued, and we never stopped laughing since that moment years ago.
I will get to professional opinions in a moment, but my personal feelings about Luke are important to note, as well.
I think he is a wonderful human being. I think he is funny and I think he’s energetic, charismatic and fun to be around. He is also super smart. That’s why I hang out with him and why we get along so well. I find his worldview refreshingly flexible and his mind open. He has become as close as a brother and if everyone treated others the way he treated me there would be a whole lot more respect and peace in the world (not the least of which is the martial arts world).
Professionally, he was in the industry for some years before me and so serves as a blueprint for success to me. Many people try and tell me how to run and market my international combatives company. Luke is one of the few who are fully qualified to actually do so, and yet, he doesn’t unless asked. He is a humble individual who’s level of respect for people is perfectly at home in Japan, where he spent many years.
Training with him, I find that he is open to learn and open to teach. a great partner to exchange ideas with. his mind is sharp and able to multitask well. the ability for complex and original thought means more to me, personally, than credentials, but Luke has some goddamn credentials. I remember being with my country’s national police heads (RCMP) in London, England watching the riot police (public order) train in 2012. I have many memories, some tangible, that will never be publicly seen or talked about. I’ve seen some of Luke’s, and he trains some serious dudes (and dudettes, too).
I can appreciate Luke’s system, also because I am a student of movement. I love studying movement. With the southeast Asian kinetic contribution to RAW Combat, mixed with kinetic influence from tai chi, it is a system that really teaches you how to use your body as a weapon. That is the same goal of the Hybrid Fighting Method that I teach – and that’s why I can confidently endorse his system to my students and instructors to broaden their knowledge.
Also keep in mind that he is the alpha (leader) of his organization (and an alpha in his day-to-day) and it’s in our evolutionary makeup as men to challenge the alpha for status within our social hierarchies. This happens all the time, and Luke takes it with grace.
Outside of evolutionary psychology with respect to group dynamics, complaints he has received from within his organization can, in my opinion, be chalked up to personality differences and other personal schisms. Something you must keep in mind with Luke is that he is still a young buck. What I mean is he is a young guy full of testosterone and he likes to let loose. This exciting, take-no-prisoners attitude often gets misunderstood as egotism. If Luke does have an ego larger than his own head…..which, by the way, have you seen his fucking head?!.. I haven’t noticed. I have been surprised before by guys I called ‘brother’ who ended up being total dicks. I haven’t yet witnessed that with Luke.
My experience has been nothing but positive.
All in all, Luke is a great guy, great martial artist, and a great instructor… and one helluva dancer!