Monday, November 12, 2012

What is the best style?

What is the best style? What do you think is the most practical style? I get this kind of question a lot. I guess it's really no surprise. This question is a holy grail question. Meaning there is no answer other than the realization to a new way of thinking. The holy grail is basically an enlightenment. I can tell you the answers that there is no best style, everyone is different physically and mentally, the situations people have to overcome differ from person to person, and also everyone begins at different levels, different abilities, and different times in their lives. Style is the least important thing when training in martial arts. It's not a product you buy. Proper martial arts is a development of a better lifestyle. The best gift that martial arts can give you is to improve your personality. People often times do not understand how that is possible or even the greatness of that and do not appreciate such things. It leads to True happiness. If you think one style or technique is superior to another, you are discriminating against a style or technique, meaning you are being prejudice. Prejudice is a negative way of thinking and it is not the right path. Each style has it's place. Each style has plus and minus. Not every style can cover everything perfectly. A style that helps you master one element of combat will make you unbalanced. A style that helps you become well balanced means that you will become a Jack of all trades and a master of none, in other words, being diversified means that the quality of each area drops, your trading quantity for quality, which is not always a good thing. If you've been non athletic your whole life and go to a "gym" and to learn a combat sport like Judo, MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, this can be too much, and a great way to get injured. But instead you might want to take an approach of just starting out slow by swinging around a weapon and developing some coordination, and slowly adding more and more physical exercise, a style like Eskrima would be good. Miyamoto Musashi and Bruce Lee said it is important to train in multiple styles so that you know what the enemy is going to be doing. It is a huge advantage if you know the enemy's tactics but they do not know yours. Also if you can learn other styles you will add different approaches, different methods to your arsenal. The more methods you have to solve problems, the better you will become at solving all kinds of problems, however the downside is that too many methods can become confusing, so you need to prioritize your methods, such as this: Plan A (most comfortable), Plan B (secret weapon), Plan C (back up plan). Having multiple methods is important in combat because the ability to "adapt" is important in combat. Knowing when to use which method for a specific situation and then actually applying it, this is a higher skill and not so easy to do, most people under the rigors of combat are barely able to carry out any thoughts, for they are just running on instinct in turbo mode. Let's say your a very good Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighter, but you square off against a better BJJ guy than yourself and find yourself under the mount position being dominated, you know that whatever your thinking to escape/defend/counter, they having something for it, your thinking in BJJ vocabulary which is something they know better than you, if you have trained in other styles this maybe a good time to use it. For example in Catch Wrestling, it's not like BJJ where "position before submission" is vital, it is submission from anywhere, anytime, and break it. This kind of unorthodox method can lead to making space and giving you enough room to then go back to BJJ tactics and regain the half guard position. When I faced a superior BJJ practitioner, I used Russian martial arts concepts to give me an edge. I know they were viewing things through the "hierarchy of BJJ positions" so instead I looked at body structure, and attacked the skeletal alignments to create weakness in their positions.

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