MartialArts, SelfDefence, CombatSports and Combatives
I am a man of War, and seek Harmony.
It is always fascinating to hear, watch. and try to make sense of where those on the Martial Path are heading. Or maybe, where they are being led. Be it by popular culture, charlatans, dedicated practitioners and accomplished coaches, Sifus, masters or Instructors.
Most of those on the Martial Path are often confused- let alone the average layperson.
MMA bla bla bla, UFC tra la la.
Here is the deal- the Martial path incorporates a number of different practices- some have crossovers, but most are apples and oranges- and am not discussing styles.
Many disciplines want to be all encompassing- but that is very hard and very rare.
So here is a quick crash course to help you all better make sense of what you should be studying, if you genuinely are interested in achieving the personal goals you strive to reach.
Martial Path includes the following:
Self Defence Systems
They are all different with their own strength/weaknesses, purposes and goals.
An “art” is not designed to be successful in a “cage” (sport), much like a self defence system isn’t designed to thrive in a combative environment. Self defence, asides keeping you out of the hospital, should also keep you out of the courts, and certainly out of prison.
Combat sports and Martial sports might have a little self defence components, but they are not designed with that in mind.
Clearly they all do intersect- but rather ineffectively.
All too often I hear “this wouldn’t work in UFC” or “That wouldn’t work in the streets”…
It’s not as if the cage, or the streets are the “end be all” of the Martial Path.
A practitioner of an Art can study for a lifetime a single kick, or breath development. They turn the process of learning and teaching into an “art”, a form of expression.
Sports are designed to have a winner- to dominate in a prescribed environment. Combatives are about assault, maim and seek to achieve a specific goal by using calculated violence, typically without concerns of (legal, moral or ethical) repercussions.
Possibly, the main intersection within these different paths, is that the knowledge obtained needs to be “embodied” for a given period throughout the development of the practitioner.
I hope this helps clarifying the various elements within the martial path, and stay clear of comparing apples to oranges.
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