Saturday, April 13, 2013

Demonstration vs Fighting

Often times I see many skilled martial arts instructors mistake their knowledge and ability for real life combat ability. Being skilled simply means that your skilled, and it doesn't mean that you are going to be able to defend yourself on the street. When you watch these instructors demonstrating techniques it's very easy to confuse demonstration show moves with real life application. In fact most people including the instructors themselves do not know the difference. The main difference is how much fighting goes on. In a demonstration, the instructor may demonstrate a ton of techniques within that one circumstance. They may chain moves, a block, a counter, joint lock, take down, and finish. The difference is that in real life you have to fight for each one of those techniques to happen. Watch the early UFC, a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu fighter had to fight to get the clinch, and then fight to get the take down, and then fight to get position, fight to keep position, and fight to make their opponent make a mistake, and fight for the finish. I believe that just about any technique can work, it just depends on how well you can fight for it. So the next time you see a martial arts demonstration, and you see the student throw a punch and freeze afterwards so that the instructor can do multiple moves, just understand that this is a demonstration, for clarity, and it's not the way it is in real combat.

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