Your only enemy is the pull up bar, it will test you in many ways that another human being cannot. To me, Martial Artists are supposed to be the most elite athletes in the world, capable of anything that is humanly possible, something like a superhero. Somebody that is elite in strength, power, speed, coordination, balance, control, endurance, flexibility, and anything physical in nature. Physically he is one of the strongest human beings pound for pound.
To me, someone can never be a Master of the Martial Arts if he has not mastered the basic pull up exercise. It is a simple test that does not require the “Master” to hurt anybody; he can perform this test at any time of day. If he cannot execute proficiency in this test, he is not a Master of the Martial Arts, this is just one of the many tests that need to be passed, not just for the present moment but for his entire life.
A person who is great in pull ups does not have to show me he can fight, I can already know that he is very fit for his size and that no matter if he is trained in combat or not, his level of fitness is already something that gives him an added advantage during an altercation. Many can pretend like they are capable in fighting but you cannot really pretend that you are great in executing pull-ups, you can either do it or you can’t. Those who can’t, I already know where their weakness is and that gives me much added confidence in knowing how to overcome that person with success if a physical altercation should occur.
In addition it is simply embarrassing to claim yourself to be a “Master” of the Martial Arts and you can’t even perform a simple pull up exercise. That’s like claiming yourself to be a Master of Basketball but you don’t even have the coordination to dribble a basketball. We know how to assess a personal trainer, if the trainer is not fit himself, there is something wrong. But a “Master” of the Martial Arts is supposed to be way beyond just a personal trainer. A “Master” of the Martial Arts should have an Olympic gymnastic level of fitness pound for pound. Now, those who claim themselves to be “Masters” but yet cannot perform pull-ups with ease are clearly fraudulent, and they destroy the reputations of the true Masters of the Martial Arts.