Why Martial Arts Don’t Work • Martial Arts Journey

Why Martial Arts Don’t Work • Martial Arts Journey


Why Martial Arts Don’t Work The world is full of various martial arts. While their techniques and heritage may be
different, they are all connected by the word “Martial”, meaning – relating to fighting
and war. While there are various reasons a person may
start martial arts for, most people start it wanting to learn how to protect themselves,
yet too often they are promised something that they never really learn, even after years
of training. Hi, my name is Rokas, and in this Martial
Arts Journey video, I will share my story, how I learned that various Martial Arts don’t
work the hard way. I was always fascinated by Eastern culture. Especially the samurai and the way of the
warrior. It was only a matter of time for me to start
learning martial arts. I was also pushed to learn martial arts for
self defense by surrounding circumstances. My country Lithuania was still freshly out
of the Soviet Union which gave space for crime organizations to thrive between all of the
confusion, and the younger generation was quick to copy them, by searching for easy
prey to harass, beat up, or mug. As I was a peaceful teenager, hanging out
with other like-minded kids, various gang-wannabes often chose me and my friends as their targets. I had countless of friends who have been victim
to having their mobile phones mugged from them by other kids of similar age, and this
danger was always very active for me as well. Having no desire to harm anyone, yet wanting
to protect myself and others, I was naturally drawn to Aikido, which promised the ability
to protect myself and others, without using extreme violence. While I was fascinated by the philosophy of
Aikido, but one of my main priorities for learning it initially was for self defense. My first Aikido instructor mixed his classes
with some Kyokushin basics and traditions, such as push-ups, endurance training, punching
the bag and more. He also often spoke about street fighting,
yet he never really gave advice how to act in an actual situation of self defense. The training was also very much technique
focused and there were no live sparring or pressure testing during it. We were promised that by learning the techniques
until perfecting them, that when the time will come, they will kick into action. Despite this promise, all the time while training,
I had doubts about my ability to defend myself, yet believing in my instructors promise, I
decided that I needed to train more of the same. I started training not only with teenagers,
but with adults too, around 7 times per week of regular classes. I was also often doing extra training with
my friends. To boost my confidence, I asked them to punch
harder and resist more, while I did my techniques, yet even when there was more resistance, it
was still cooperative training, as my partners were throwing specific attacks and their resistance
consisted only of stiffening up to not allow a specific technique, rather offering live
resistance which would teach me to adapt. Meanwhile, I was constantly harassed and threatened
in the streets very often by various gang-wannabes. Fortunately, most of the times I was able
to talk my way out of the situations or to find a creative solution (not that I was taught
to do that in my Aikido classes), yet one time the circumstances happened to be worse. I was approached by a group of five young
guys who stood around me and asked for my mobile phone (which were expensive at the
day). As their leader grabbed me on my collar and
demanded my phone, no Aikido techniques came to me at the moment, despite my training being
focused mostly on grabs. All that came to my mind: was to randomly
punch the guy in the back of the head. As the punch landed, he lost balance and collapsed
on the ground. Meanwhile, the other four guys started screaming
and yelling at each other in panic, since they clearly did not see this coming. Looking back at the day, I am upset, that
no one told me that the best option right there was to run away. Instead, being a “martial artist”, I stood
there to fight them. Unfortunately, instead of being proactive
and using the chance to attack them, I stood there, waiting for their attacks – as I was
taught in Aikido. At the same time, I observed how my mind froze
with considerations of how will I know which specific technique to apply, to which attack. “Will I know the right technique, for the
right movement?”. As I stood there lost in my inner dialogue,
the gang got back their posture and instead of throwing an attack, they sprayed pepper
spray into my face. Luckily enough, at this moment, I realized
that I have to run, and so I did. Barely seeing where I am running amidst trees,
with my eyes and mouth burning from pepper, I finally managed to reach a store where I
asked for help. As I came back home, I was confused and I
did not realize what went wrong. After speaking to my Aikido instructor and
hearing his thoughts, I was suggested that I simply lacked enough training, and that
I need to train even more and longer, to learn more techniques for every possible occasion,
until they will naturally become active in a self defense situation. Yet again, having faith in my instructor,
I started training even more Aikido, but this time I also decided to try something else. On my personal contemplations, I came to a
conclusion that I am missing striking skills. Still being inspired by Eastern culture, I
decided to start training Wing Chun alongside my Aikido training. I trained Wing Chun like crazy as well. Encouraged by me, a group from our Wing Chun
class even started a camp in a forest where we trained extra for hours almost daily. Yet again, I training was focused on specific,
static form and even if we did light sparring, we would only include the traditional techniques
of Wing Chun that we were taught and we offered little live resistance to each other. During the time I also looked into Kendo and
Karate to fill in my gaps, and although I did not train much of it, everywhere I went
I was also encouraged to focus on polishing static techniques, with the promise that one
day they will come to work. As no one taught me proper strategy or mentality
suitable for real life self defense, I started creating my own strategy, as I prepared for
the next encounter. I decided, that the next time someone will
try to mug me, (and I was sure this will happen soon enough, due to the circumstances of my
crime activity in my city), I will punch them so hard to the face, that I will knock them
out. To make sure that happens, I started hitting
the heavy bag at home everyday for hours upon hours, to develop a – “killer punch”. Eventually, the day to test proof my strategy
and new skills came. As I was walking to school, I saw two guys
standing on the other side of the road looking at me. The third one of the group was standing on
my walking side, and as I came close to him, he stood up in front of me and demanded me
to give my mobile phone (yes, it was very popular thing to do in my city at the day). My brain quickly connected the dots of what
was happening and my planned strategy came into action. As my punch landed on his face, all that happened
though, was him taking a step back and starting to swear. As I realized my plan didn’t work out, no
other technique came to me at the moment and I decided to run away. Looking at it back now, I see that running
away after landing a punch was actually a good decision to make, yet that was not something
that my martial arts instructors managed to encourage me to do. Also, yet again I was exposed to a situation
where all the techniques I collected and tried to perfect, still did not come into action,
and thus I was left to continue to search for answers in futility, believing that the
issue was with me not training enough, rather than the martial arts and it’s instructors
that I learned from. Only years later I was introduced to Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu, which suddenly showed me a new door. As I rolled with a fully resisting partner,
of course none of my Aikido or Wing Chun techniques came to me as well, yet during my first rolls
I witnessed how powerful the applied techniques were. As I started investigating into where that
power comes from, I learned about such terms as pressure testing, alive drilling, constant
rolling and more. I quickly saw the differences in the training
methods and I started to realize that it was not my fault that I was not able to apply
what I learned in my training, but it was how I was taught to do it. Of course, this is not to say that BJJ is
a complete martial art, yet the training methods that it offers, amongst other similar types
of combat practices, offers completely different results than entirely compliant training of
very limited, and traditional techniques in static conditions. Later on I was also introduced to self defense
concepts and the difference between martial arts and self defense, which also opened up
great doorways to understand where my past issues came from. Whether a martial art works or not does depend
on what you want it to work for. It may be a great tool for personal development,
or a means fitness and education, yet the word “Martial” in it’s description implies
– that it Should develop effective skills meant for fighting, at least as a component. Unfortunately, most martial arts never expose
themselves to enough pressure testing and alive drilling to witness the flaws behind
some of it’s ideas of how it should work and why for someone it did not work. Many of them simply keep on polishing their
techniques with compliant partners and hopes, that one day it will apply under live circumstances
and may spend years doing so. Also, too often martial arts schools fail
to address the difference between martial arts and self defense, and to teach effective
strategies to deal with conflict, instead of indirectly encouraging students to expect
to defend themselves physically in all situations. Of course, different martial arts have this
issue on different levels, based on how it is trained. Judo and some styles of Karate, for example,
do offer much more pressure testing than many other martial arts such as kung-fu or ninjutsu. Also, some schools do have seperate classes
for their martial art and actual self defense. Yet this consideration of what the martial
art promises, and whether does it really deliver it – is very important for all practices. While sharing my personal story, I hope it
did help shed some understanding of what is implied the next time you will hear someone
saying that Martial Arts don’t work. What do you think about various martial arts
failing to deliver their promise? Did you experience something similar? Let me know in the comments. If you liked the video, make sure to share
it with your friends. If you want more videos like this one, subscribe
to the Martial Arts Journey channel. This was Rokas, and I wish you to own your
Journey.

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    Kilian Mio

    At the dojo i used to train all those who desired to stay after training were allowed to do free training ( with and without weapons).
    According to the situation our master would interfere or if we had a physically weak body he would not even allow us to spar.
    So usually all strong guys between 16 and 30 would just spar.
    I can say all of us who stayed behind could beat a half assed martial artist or a bodybuilder with no fighting training, or win a 1v 3 outside of a bar,
    because those are things I could do but i still got my ass kicked by most of the black belts.

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    Sandy Hooker

    There is no best martial arts, only best martial artist. A bear doesn't know kung fu or boxing, same as a gorilla, yet no human alive can beat them. That should tell you how much martial arts matter.

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    Tony Dakota

    It all depends on the practitioner just because you learn a martial art doesn't make you a warrior you have to have the warrior mentality in the Warrior heart naturally you can train martial arts for years and still not develop anything because it's all on the person. Fight. Flight. Freeze. Its a internal instict. Most only develop 3rd nature.

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    Dumb Kid

    I learn ITF taekwondo, and my dojo teaches us self defence techniques and how to use taekwondo techniques in real life scenarios.

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    Jack Mooney

    I train in northern shaolin kung fu. And although I am aware that many people may consider it a fake martial art, I am very proud of how hard we train. We spar frequently and pressure test everything we can. It is very clear to us which are purely for forms and for show like spear hand etc, and what was meant for combat.

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    Mirac Ibas

    You learned akido a way of defending yourself in a peaceful manner I’m sorry my man but I don’t think it’s possible to defend your self without violence. That’s why I would wanna learn kung fu

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    Pyrus Torrel

    The fog of war: No strategy, however well-planned & practiced ever truly plays out as intended as uncertainties inherent in the mindstate of all involved & changing conditions under which things take place makes sure no one will ever be 100% certain of what may happen next.

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    Ali Julo

    the best fighter uses his brain……like floyd mayweather said…you can punch like me…have speed like me…be strong than me…but the problem is:
    can you think like me?????

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    Student Of The Art

    It really depends on the instructor.. My traditional martial arts system is Tang-Soo-Do and my instructor is old school (non-mcdojo). It took me 4-5 years to get a black belt and it was not easy at all. We constantly sparred and do rigorous warm ups, while still learning Kata or forms for breathing/meditation purposes. Our sparring was hardcore that it toughened me up and learned to keep on fighting while hurt. I am thankful that I experienced those hardship because now I am confident that I can defend myself in the street, if needed. My instructor even encouraged me to expand my martial knowledge by studying various systems such as BJJ, Boxing, Muay Thai, and Krav Maga, which I did. My main point is traditional martial arts work as your foundation to excel, but of course you have to find the right instructor to guide you.

    RIP Grand Master Simon Perkins.. I truly miss you

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    animal crossout

    i know a young boy who once tried to open a metal locker. he twisted the dial several times, yanked, pulled, twisted some more. finally he gave up and said the locker was broken

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    Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling

    after years of training the most effective techniques i discovered was hitting my oppenent with a chair slamming his head into a eayer fountain and grabbing him by the balls running him into a wall
    all these techniques were thought of spur of the moment
    i was fortunate that i had a sense of humour combined with a mean streak and the ability to impliment a plan
    my training did not teach me this

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    Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling

    the reason why the so called street thig is so effective is be ause through trial and error hes practi ed hitting live targets

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    crowndkng1

    WRONG IT WAS ABSOLUTELY YOUR FAULT… YOU DIDN'T EVOLVE.. IF YOU TRAIN PROBABLY IT WILL BECOME SECOND NATURE.. YOU WILL NO LONGER HAVE TO THINK.. THE MIND AND THE BODY WILL RESPOND BEFORE YOU PROCESS THE THOUGHT.. YOUR IDEA OF A FIGHT IS ALL WRONG.. THEY NEVER TURN OUT HOW YOU EXPECT..

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    Christopher Gordon

    Martial Arts do work. The thing you kept mentioning was that "you froze" or "kept thinking" or "you kept doubting". Those were your problems right there.

    Any type of prime training doesn't work if you keep freezing, overthinking, letting doubt take control, or don't let your body's reflexes kick in like second nature.

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    Rene LEger

    Chek out dk yoo..hes not in mma cuz he would kill em in half a second..some people have it some not guess you don't

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    hrambae 4 life

    Boxing,kickboxing,wrestling,and bjj are the main ones dat u can 100% turst is going to work unless they pull out a gun

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    Justin Bullock

    Weighing in here. Long time martial artist. Having been curious about all of these "holes" in martial arts years ago I began reading. Even though the "traditional styles" seem to "not work"…they would be almost unrecognizable by their creators of old. The training is so milk toast. Another thing to remember is that people like Bruce Lee and many many other masters of the past is that they were street fighters! They learned their style(s) and went to work in a practical way. Many being body guards. Tai Chi Grandmaster Yang Lu Chan was the Emperors personal guard. Well known for his deadly abilities. Obviously Tai Chi was different back then….his sons all tried to run away from the brutal training. Long point short…we dont fight enough. Martial Arts is not all about fighting…oh wait…thats just something people who cant fight say. The Spiritual aspects blossom from long years of training. Do not seek them your first day in class. Peace!

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    Anthony Romo

    My "take away" is that most martial arts training emphasizes practiced technique. Technique implies conformity to rules. Random assaults exploit opportunity and expediency…not rules.

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    J R

    Basically BJJ, muay thai, mma are your go to martial arts if you want to learn self defense. WARNING: you have to learn more than one.

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    Willie Richard Johnson Projects

    A lot of people who don't know anything about fighting think aikido is awesome. I learned it sucked for fighting when inwas a teen. I took taekwondo and recently learned the stuff I learned was probably more for tournaments than actual fighting. I feel like the title was a little click baity and maybe why it got so many thumbs down.
    Anyway aikido is useless outside an aikido dojo.

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    Aistis Navickas

    You're talking about aikido and kyokushin – one of the shitiest martial arts. No shit youre gonna get beat up. Also in Lithuania most martial arts masters are shit, however if you want, you will definetly be able to find some that are actually good – those ussually in traditional karate, MMA or Jiu-Jitsu. Good video, however you shouldn't talk about certain situations as if they would happen all the time

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    kreftegleichgewicht

    …be like water baby 😉 U can whatch Bruce Lees sparing and see that he was years and years ahaed of his time. If u had learned his way i bet, ull be a better fighter by now instead of learning all the aikido stuff. As for today mma is the way u should train (boxing wrestling judo (yes i sayed judo. Judo is pretty bad ass if ur good in it!) kick boxing to mention a few). And i bet also that if Bruce Lee would be still alive he would train that way too or even had invented this way of fighting by his own. He was a damn smart fighter! If u wanna be a good fighter. U have to fight alot. wich is pretty bloody. No training can get u the experience ull need to fight but fighting itselve. But if u just wanna be healthy, be sure to remind u on a few simple rules.

    1. Never fight a guy with funny looking ears.
    2. Try to never fight any other guy.
    3. Stamina!
    4. Use ur Stamina!
    5. Look back if u still see the guy, use rule 4. again
    6. Stop running go home healthy and hug ur Children

    7. buy 4 kaukasian shepherds train them and be in peace for as long as they are around you xD – nothing scares people more than a very bad big dog. No gun, no knive NOTHING! well, besides 4 very bad big dogs of corse^^

    and btw… ur title sucks!

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    Chris Lampkin

    I think one of the keys is to train like somebody or somebodies are trying to kill you. With that with that thought in mind you visualize every conceivable attack coming against you at once with every conceivable weapon that can fit in the space around you. That would be four to six people usually.

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    Aaron Yu

    Apparently, true traditional Chinese martial arts was lost about 100-150 years ago. This was because of the guns in opium wars, boxer rebellion, communist China, cultural revolution, and reconstruction. Communist China banned what’s left of the martial artists from training and teaching because it was dangerous for the Chinese mindset and government at the time. Soon after communist China failed, they tried to save their culture, and created wushu, a flashy performance kind, and San shou/da which was sparring and military training. What people usually see is wushu, however, Chinese mma fighters usually use Sanda. In reality, Chinese traditional -traditional (actual ones) did in fact go through real experiences and full contact fights in wars and in military training. The fights did in fact looked like mma today and a lot of the techniques did in fact were used to kill. Research about this is apparent to researchers at Vanderbilt. However, because communist China wiped out the history and encouraged what’s left, (internal styles of training), to spread its influence as modern “Kung fu” today. For the rest of eastern Asia, they did in fact base their martial arts off of China, and they too had techniques to kill in a fight, but as karate and tae Kwon do and judo became sports of a fighting style, their martial arts really turned into a joke compared to historical fighting and mma.

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    Top 10 Of something

    Brother…i suggest you to watch Fight Science channel..!! You are absolutly correct…you must not only train martial arts…you must also learn to react in the outside world..!! I am not here to Promote the channel..but the Master taught me one thing..!! Real world is differt from the Martial arts training room..!!

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    temenos58

    Some people simply enjoy training in TMA. However, here’s a simple drill with British paras engaging in milling which is a great exercise to test how you cope under pressure, getting hit and still fighting back. I’m not suggesting it covers all bases but it can increase confidence significantly whilst minimising the risk of injury, as far as that’s possible with full contact fighting. 2:15 minutes in https://youtu.be/tnOaH4bdjuA

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    Monk Kenyon

    I just think it is hilarious when they say martial arts do not work on the streets..so you would imply a guy who doesn't know how to throw a proper punch or know how to defend and attack is just gonna pulverize a martial artist is laughable at best.

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    Adit Tya

    Simpel plan u must have alot gun and ammo & slack him bang bang bang nobone left behind ,no whitnes ,clean and the present danger…

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    Bob McDowell

    OK my friend. I earned a black belt in Tracy Kenpo in 1975 I then studied American Kenpo up to 3rd degree black. Over the years I taught just adults, meanwhile developing new techniques up to 10th degree. I have written four books so far on amazon which I enjoyed doing, spreading what I've learned. I'm 5'2", slim and now 76 years old. I can still move very fast, both arms and legs, due to life time of Kenpo workouts three times a week. I have been attacked by big guys 7 times in my life. Each time, I stopped it with just one move or strike. So I can honestly say, that American Kenpo, or my version, is very effective for self defense. When you consider I was trained to strike six times in one second, my defense was very good. American Kenpo is a excellent street art, except for the schools that add jujitsu to it. I'm too small for jujitsu, so I created ground techs to get "off" the ground.
    You know, you ought to do a video on American Kenpo.
    Sifu

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    Son Phan

    Self-defense is still fighting. If you train for self-defense, you still train for fighting. If you train for fighting, you are learning a martial art. That is how martial arts invented, someone wants to win in a fight so he/she trains to fight. I think you mean kungfu and aikido based on what you said.

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    Palak Bhatt

    Fighting is messy and if your speaking about times where your outnumbered it’s always best to get out and stay Alaric’s self preservation, it’s actually the first thing you learn in children classes, and please don’t expect to take on more than one person ever, but if you where to learn how to I believe krav maga would teach you the best

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    Phantom-Gaming

    Muay thai: Am I joke to you?

    But seriously. Bjj, Muay thai, wrestling,kickboxing, boxing all have heavy sparring meaning they work. Anything else outside of judo im good.

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    Señor Snipey

    lol Aikido was your problem…people love to say karate doesn't work but I'd love to see them jump into a ring with a 70 year old master of Goju Ryu. Most martial arts that I've done say that you should run lol…even Bruce Lee said that.
    Honestly the way you talk on the subject makes you sound like a beginner

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    Runny Szanboti

    "As my punch landed on his face, nothing really happened, and he just started to swear. :("
    -Rokas, 2018

    . . . I don't know why this quote is like the funniest thing to me. I'm glad Rokas had that moment of 'awakening'. 😀

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    Paul Rohrer

    being able to protect yourself in a street fight takes a variety of things. Ofcourse building muscle memory with the movements your learning is important. Situational awareness is important.learning distances and angles are important.In terms of a street fight It’s got to be second nature you can’t think. You think you die you have to react and flow. So you learn that you don’t have to learn a lot to protect your self. just learn the basics and learn to flow from that. But here is the thing if you don’t have that fighting spirit of “it’s me or you” all the training goes out the window. Are you truly willing to kill or hurt that person that wants to kill you. not everyone can do that. all the training in the world can’t teach you that. We get caught blaming martial arts where it’s our mindsets that are the problem.

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    Angeliaryx

    This girl I know was going to get raped and because she learned martial arts, she defended herself and left those guys knocked out. She was 16…so how does martial arts not work?

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    Chandrakant Das

    Yes,we should do martial art until we would learn it properly and it happened once i fought with my big brother as he tried to harm me I just heated hardly by him but as I trained myself hard those days I was strong to finished that fight I punched very hard to his face and that was over.But as I expected from my martial art training it did not work properly

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    장은 QwQ

    Been in the same situation with muggers but taekwondo and karatedo worked of… there where 2 what I did was evade and strike like the training in taekwondo i dont really know how it works for others because I trained them for sports only

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    Boruto Uzumaki

    WHO SAYS YOU WILL ALWAYS USE THE MOVES IN A FIGHT!!??! YOU WILL JUST USE IT IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIT!!!!

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    james bud

    I feel like your mentailty In a fight determines the outcome since as soon as those negative thoughts and emotions come in your done for

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    Mad Poet

    Well, your approach was wrong from the start. You're thinking of becoming a killing machine and to take out a large number of assailants, which is not realistic. True. You could win a few fights this way if you're lucky. More likely, you're going to lose because of the simple fact of being outnumbered. The stats work against you; it's a numbers game. Rather than searching for the ideal martial arts or self-defense technique, you should've been building an army instead. The misconception is that your army has to be tough; they don't. They just have to be individuals such as yourself who are tired of being picked on. That shoudn't be hard to find. Once you find these individuals, you make a code between yourselves. And, you follow this code. Anyone who breaks the code, are punished or kicked out of your crew. Your crew could continue training, but I would dump the Eastern philosophies and incorporate more Western methods such as boxing. Boxing is good because individuals train for realistic scenarios every day they spar. You could also incorporate BJJ because as you mentioned, it too also trains realistically. If you notice most of the fighters in the UFC have a boxing and BJJ background. Some even train in Muay Thai or other forms of kicking martial arts like kick boxing. Encourage your members to explore other facets of self-defense that would only make your crew stronger. Another technique you would want to master is learning how to strike first. You've already demonstrated this technique, and it worked for you once. Well, that's because the element of surprise goes a long ways. Just imagine if you knew how to pivot and actually aimed to knock a person out, which is what boxing teaches. After all, that is the primary goal of boxing, which is to knock someone out to win the match. So, a boxer will train long arduous hours pivoting when hitting the heavy bag because they want to maximize their punching power. Normally, I wouldn't give this advice to anyone, but it sounds like you come from a tough area. Well, you have to adapt to your surroundings then. I too come from a tough place where people fight all the time. And, when I was younger, I trained in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and boxing, not because I needed these techniques to survive, though. I already had the mentality to strike first. So, I was never picked on. As the new kid in school, I picked the fights with the toughest kids first because I wanted to set the presedence. I'm not to be trifled with. I was just a street fighter who wasn't really that good. I fought boxers and won only because I got into their head. And, I struck first. Even a boxer who trains to take punches daily can be caught off guard. And, once that happened, I knew how to finish a fight with basic street stuff. But when I became more serious into wanting to improve my techniques, I trained in boxing. The same boxing coach who teaches Khabib, Cain, and DC. No, not Mendez either. His boxing coach, Pops or Old man Carvalho. He teaches the fundamentals of boxing with the emphasis on the over hand right or left depending on the fighter's strength. If you know anything about boxing, that's a knock out blow that any beginner could learn. Khabib floored Conor with that punch. However, against other more skilled boxers, they know how to avoid this punch, hence striking first and fast. If you knock out the leader or the toughest guy in their crew, all that's left is knocking out a couple more guys before they scatter like rats. Of course, if you sucker punch him, you have increased your % of the punch actually working. I know what you're thinking. There's no honor in that style of fighting. I get it. Then again, there's no honor when you're getting killed over a phone either. You have to make a decision. Then, you have to commit. And, if you have your crew with you, they will commit just like you. After all, that's the code.

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    artista

    I practiced (and dogmatically swore by) Wing Chun Kungfu for over a decade, but was put into a completely helpless position repeatedly by a BJJ practitioner with less than 5 years of training.
    I have since started training BJJ and am now a black belt in it. I once again swear by the efficacy of my chosen art, but his time I have experiences that inform those beliefs, and am aware of the shortcomings in a street fight.

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    AKA

    The best martial arts to practice are Muay boran and jiu jujitsu. Although I am biased and there both shit if you don’t practice with full contact sparring

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    Toxic Stuff

    You can't yous akido a laughable martial art to say martial arts In general don't work you should have learned some thing more made for fight like muay thia I've been in allot of fights and it has really been use full

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    james oconner

    Absurdiem agnosime ….what do the narrator consider mma as a non-martial art, as in not traditional you might meen.You were doing does tradional systems for the wrong reasons.Does traditional systems should be used for your own respective strengs and weaknesses.

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    KryPtiic Gaming

    This has gotta be the dumbest claim I’ve ever seen. Through 12 years of martial arts, I have a reaction to whenever someone raises a hand at me. You’re telling me jiu jitsu And Krav Maga doesn’t work? literal military fighting. Clickbait.

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    Zoe Chevalier

    I agree with your points and I actually quit taking taekwondo training because they don't go all out when sparing which even as a child ( I started training at the age of 10 and quit at 11) at that time It didn't make sense to me cause in my mind if a person is actively attacking you they won't be holding back and I also want to know my physical limitations. It also baffles me that some teachers teach their students to stand their ground because if it is possible for you to avoid an altracation then it is best to do that, either talk your way out of it which is the best or run your way out of it. That's also the reason I like my kali instructors, cause we agree that martial arts training is a great exercise which techniques should be used only when absolutely necessary and that the main goal is for you to get out of that situation as fast and unharmed as possible so that you could get help and hopefully the police could catch the criminals.
    For me, the most well rounded martial art that I continue to learn is Arnis (also known as kali) it is the most known martial art here in the Philippines and is a mix of weapon defense, weapon use, striking and grabbing. Muaythai is also another one that I took to lose weight while widening my knowledge about different striking techniques that are fast and powerful. I'm currently searching for a nearby school or dojo that teaches Silat which has a lot of takedown techniques and I would like to learn BJJ in the near future too. Parkour training is also really handy when you're trying to get away from someone really fast in conjunction with stamina training (running, climbing, swimming and cycling).

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    TungstenViper

    Just what Bruce Lee said: "traditional martial arts lack context. They're stuck in a ritualistic interpretation of their art." That's why he wanted to develop techniques that would end the fight as soon at it begins.

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    Law Red

    If the martial arts are bad, think in Jean Claude Van Damme, Bruce Lee, Ip Man etc… Maybe your sensei was bad, but that dont makes what the martial arts are bad, you show videos who the martial artist loses, but are a lot of videos who wins.

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    Abhinav Kumar

    U r just a stupid asshole .u don't have confidence in you that's the problem in you every martial arts is useful it's gives u confidence martial arts is all about building confidence that's all like Bruce Lee said ..you more on ..u fuckin stupid

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    EliteNinja 64

    U should learn teakwondo from a good school. Meaning they allow full contact sparring on ur classmates and experiment on ur classmates. I have found my own efficient ways of fighting that actually help me out in a fight. Really. I learned a lot and studied others arts. Self taught but looked through videos. I learned a few Muai thai tricks, faejin tricks, and wing chun tricks. I experimented to find out how and when to use these tricks. I also practiced on strength and speed. Along with blocking and dodging. And recently i ran into someone that tried suprise left hook me. But i was prepared. When i seen him run at me. I blocked his punch and did a powerful straight punch to his face. I broke his nose and made him do like a semi-scorpion u could say. In other words, he was hit hard and fell as hard as he came to hit me. Learn and develop methods that u can use to ur benefits. Who knows. Maybe when i learn enough. I could create my own style. I have a good name. But thats beside the point. Practice and learn speed and power well my friend and i guarantee that u will be able to win against any foes that comes ur way. 😊 same goes for anyone else reading this

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    GnadetheRipper H

    For fighting is Boxing always good. If you are strong enough you can make knockout to everyone with one punch. But if one punch wasn't enough then don't run away, you should try some more punches until his face is full of blood and he has to go to the hospital. Just look at YT "Chechen fights" and you will see that martial arts always work. Chechen people always go to martial arts.

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    yeah randoms

    For martial arts to be truly effective it needs to not be static but flow like water and sparring they need to treat it as if it was a legitimate fight (but stop at a certain point as to not injure them to much in sparring) so then it can be better you know what to do and when to do it then the martial art you are practicing will be more effective like the martial art I'm practicing doesn't treat moves as 1 2 3 like static it treats them more like 1 1.5 2 2.5 like a flowing water my martial art also encourages you to mix various movements and techniques together depending on the situation and when we spar in the martial art I practice you feel pain even when you are just doing the techniques to get them down pat before sparring you will still feel pain (but not to much to start with) and it get stronger and stronger hits grabs and punches the more you practice (if anyone is going to ask I'm more than likely not going to reveal what martial art I study but there is the possibility I might)

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    Juan SAMUDIO

    Some martial arts may not work but they actually help your mind so they technically do for better reflexes or better focus

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    i madeittothelibraryyay!

    Why in the hell was aikido his first martial art of choice? to learn? What a idiot!!!! That's literally the last one people should study, makes for a good story I guess

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    Prole ́17

    WTF where is he living cO I live in a neighbourhood where some people say "oh you can´t walk on the street here at night" and nothing ever happened to me or I saw happening since the four years I live here…

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    jason muniz

    i was lucky enough to train with a great instructor named Jose dicervo…I chose to take full contact kickboxing he trained me hard…I also took the karate classes and additional exercise classes there to stay in shape but it was the kickboxing classes that taught me to fight…when it came down to me defending myself after 4 years of non stop training I ended up putting two men in an ambulance I knocked one guy out and his friend I left him bloody and crying on the floor. the police arrested me though because there is no self defense law in my state but my kickboxing worked when I needed it to and that's because they have u fight from the begining u face different apponents it's not coreographed fighting but random punches kicks and it's just a lot more real…karate helped too but that was for discipline better kicks knowing how to strike different angles u know a little variety in techniques but the reflex training in kickboxing had me slipping and dipping elbowing kneeing and striking in combination I never thought I could fight that well but compared to the general public I was a pro since most people don't have even the basic fundamentals of fighting skills….I do think traditional martial arts can work if u train them realisticall but you need a teacher who knows how to fight not just katas and technique but someone who knows how it feels to have adrenalyn and fear running through your body while in a dangerous situation because u need the right mind set to deal with it and u have real resistance no one leaves their arm out for u to grab and u need to drill 5hings like slipping and dipping because that's reflexive u know what I mean…being able to avoid being hit without having to think move to the left or right saves time and helps u offensively but also learn when to run there is no Shame in running if u have to…I've ran a few times I've also stood my ground and people know not to mess with the guy with one good arm oh yeah I only have 1 good arm my other one is deformed and little but I still win my fights if I have to ..just find a good trainer and focus on styles like kickboxing, mma, boxing these are combat sports but they are as close to a street fight as ur going to get

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    smilyle

    I think the listen you should have learned is it martial arts gave you the confidence in those situations and it bought you time Because when you stuck up for yourself the guys didn't try to harm you further and so the best self defense is the sense of confidence

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    cheff 007 inthekitchen

    What i know is if you are a boxer you become a better martial artist when you train martial arts like karete or teak won do or kanfu. Boxing teaches you how to fight but plus martial arts advences you to be better.

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