The past six months, and up until this morning I had to be up before 3:00 am for work reason. I try to finish my work before 4pm to be with my 1 year old son, because he loves to play outside at the park near of where we live. Well that is what we did yesterday,and that day was the second day of school for Fairfax County.
When my son and I were outside for about 30 minutes, students from middle school and high school returned from their schools. There was bunch of them at the park, and they were talking real loud to share their experiences on that day.
According to what they were sharing, there was a fight. With me just hearing about it, I could only imagine of what that is like. Now we seen school fights on the Internet, so we can see on rather or not that people can fight. Some of the students were bragging about who could or could not fight. As I heard that it made me wonder if they know what is the best way to fight, and I would like to think that they would know or should know. For because of MMA, we are able to get an idea of what works in fighting and what does not work in fighting.
As I imagine of what the fights might have been like while looking at my son, I thought of what if he was in a fight at a school. Now I thought about that quite a few times before that day, because he has a high percentage of that happening. For he looks mostly Korean, so some people may want to fight him for the way he looks. I know, because I had the same thing happen to me for the same reason.
I know that he probably will be in at least one fight, but I hope that does not happened. I also hope that he is not in fights for the reason of him being the one that started it. I also hope that he can get away without getting hurt, and does not panic when in physical confrontation.
All these thoughts that I had yesterday led me to thoughts, that I want to share in this blog. These thoughts can be revealed with three points of why there needs to be combat practices, and why people need to be participants of combat practices. The way in the order I put these three points are ranked of their importance with the first point being the highest.
For the three points of why to teach, or do an combat art are:
2. Physical conditioning
3. To compete
The Point Of Self-Defense
For there is a big difference between people that think they can fight to those that can. Those that can fight for the most part do not go looking for fights just to fight, and those that think that they can fight go looking to accidentally find those that can fight. I think for one of the reason of that is people that participate in the wrestling team already have an environment to realize any negativity they may have received through whatever circumstances that may have caused it. Them releasing their physical energy in wrestling maybe why they do not looking for fights, or their participation in wrestling gives them no reason to look for a fight. For they are secure enough in themselves to not have to fight to prove themselves, and those that fight for the reason of they think they can fight most likely comes from insecurity of themselves. They end up getting in a fight with a wrestler, and it ends bad for them.
Now what if you, or someone that you love is being the one that someone thinks that can beat up on for whatever reason?
If your not involved in any combat art, then continue to read onto to see what combat arts are most effective.
If you are involved in combat art that is not effective in self-defense, then you need to stop it before you get into a real fight to find out your art that you are doing is useless.
For the most effective self-defenses can be seen in MMA like: Jiu-Jitsu, Muay-Thai, Kickboxing, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling, Judo, Boxing, and Sambo.
Since the existent of MMA on TV ( you can go all the way back to the early years of Vale Tudo), you could see what is effective, and what is not. I mean there is the reason of why we have not seen an fighter with background of Aikido, or Kung-Fu become a champion. With the arts I listed in being effective, those arts have at least one person that became MMA champion. For here are those that prove my point of what is effective in self-defense based on who won MMA titles:
1. Jiu-Jitsu: Fabricio Werdum
2.Muay-Thai: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua
3. Kickboxing: Alistair Overeem
4. Karate: Lyoto Machida
5. Tae Kwon Do: Benson Henderson
6. Wrestling: Jon Jones
7. Judo: Rhonda Rousey
8. Boxing: Holly Holm
9. Sambo: Fedor Emelianenko
Now the reason of why there has not been an MMA champion with background in Kung-Fu, and Aikido is those arts are ineffective. I mean we already seen quite a few times a guy with wrestling takedown a guy with practice in Aikido, and that result was no surprise.
My personal opinion of what’s the most effective to practice for self-defense would be grappling in form of Gracie Jiu Jitsu., because it focuses more on self-defense than sport. In Gracie Jiu Jitsu they teach you how to defend yourself when on the ground with moves of escaping, defending, chokes, and joint lock with goal of ending the conflict soon. Gracie Jiu Jitsu also understands distance, and it practices striking, and defending striking.
I love striking arts, but striking will not mean anything when you are lying on the ground with your back or stomach. I also love wrestling, because I think it is the most difficult combat art to practice. However, there is no striking involved in wrestling. For it would be easy for wrestlers to close distance to clinch when their is no striking involved, but it just takes one strike with direct hit on chin, or temple to be knocked out.
For my point of what I just said about striking, and wrestling is that Gracie Jiu-Jitsu should be what connects striking with grappling to be efficient in self-defense.
Now the major difference between sport vs street is regulation. For sports competition has rules, whereas the street could be fight to the death. For some of those that practice combat for just competition fail to recognize that there are no rules, and out on the street anything goes. So instead of using fists, use finger jab to eyes. Kick in the groin, punch the throat, hit the back of the head repeatedly. Be conscious of your environment. Is there a way to escape, and is the ground grass, or concrete. If it’s hard like concrete, then driving the knee down to do the double leg may not be a good idea. Guys with Jiu-Jitsu should reconsider pulling guard, because being on the bottom of someone with a knife is not good place.
Learn Kali, learn gun defense, learn how to use a gun, and learn whatever is effective for self-defense.
For the reason of defending yourself should be the first reason of why to practice combat.
The Point Of Physical Conditioning
Another thing I love about wrestling is all of the physical conditioning that must be done. I love seeing perseverance in wrestlers, because it is so inspiring to watch. I love to see wrestlers compete in MMA, because they are just so tough. They bring a lot of pressure, and one of the reasons for that is their physical conditioning.
For physical conditioning is such a reason to be one of the three points to do combat arts, that the Godfather of MMA Bruce Lee recognized that when he submitted an opponent in the time of 3 minutes. He did it in a street-fight, with someone that did not want him to teach martial arts to anyone but Chinese. After he submitted his opponent in three minutes, he realized of how tired he was. Then after that he incorporate physical conditioning, and one of the pioneers in the fitness industry Joe Weider says that Bruce Lee had the best physique that he ever seen. One of the cool things about that is Lee never trained for looks, but for functioning. Now the idea of functional training is being presented in the fitness industry.
Now just like most stuff in this world there are good things mixed with bad things. In martial arts, one of the bad things about is having fake black-belts that cannot climb one flight of stairs without getting winded.
When it comes to black-belts being out of shape, the only reason I can think that justifies that is if they are recovering from major injury to their body. Other than that there should be no reason for blackbelts to be out of shape. If your black-belts office trash can is filled with fast food wrappers and boxes, then that means he has no respect for his body. That means you need to leave him.
If you are thinking about doing some martial arts, then places you are thinking of should allow you to watch their practice, and give you at least one free class. If those places do not, then it is fair to say that it’s not a good place to learn martial arts. For any great instructor would love to give people a free trial, and that is where you can find if it is legit or not. When I am looking for a place to practice martial arts, there is at least two things that I look for. One is the head instructors lineage, and that comes with by what association they are under. My coach is under Gracie Lineage, through Professor Pedro Sauer. Any school under Gracie affiliation is golden. If I cannot discover the school’s lineage, then I try to see the school’s trophy case. Schools that do not believe in competition get say that, because their instructors never competed. If their instructors did, then they would display it. The tournaments they competed in should be seen on the Internet, so people can see their level of competition.
Great blackbelt instructors have competed, and they are in great physical condition. Those that are in great physical condition will expect the same from their students, and there is no accident of combat related sports being in the top 10 for physical conditioning when compared to other sports.
In the first month of combat practice, you should notice some sort of physical improvement. That could be your body being more tone. You could have more energy, and do at least one more push-up than what you did when you started combat training.
Even though physical conditioning is the second point, it goes hand in hand with the reason of self-defense. With self-defense, the emphasis of developing great technique is a must with physical conditioning.
The Point Of Competing
Not to long ago I practice with a group of Aikido students that think they were doing Jiu-Jitsu. They did not believe in competing.
I think that people that do martial arts should compete at least one time, because it could be the closest thing to real physical altercation. People that do martial arts, but never competed could panic when they are in a real life altercation, and that is the reason for to complete at least one time to learn how to be calm in pressure that maybe present in real life altercation.
Also about competing for at least one time, you could be more efficient in your techniques. For you will be practing those states higher volume, and you could also be more physically conditioned. Also you could learn how your body response in physical altercation to not be surprise in real physical altercation that would cause being panic.
For the reasons to do combat arts are self-defense, physical conditioning, and to compete at least one time.