Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Martial Arts and Boxing For Real Life Situations

Martial Arts and Boxing For Real Life Situations, Can it help you?

What can really help you when your in real need to defend yourself? This is a very heated and debatable question in many social circles, particularly in Martial Arts and Boxing circles. Everyone thinks the thing they practice is the best and they will argue about it all night.

But we don't want arguing or debates, we just want to know what is most effective in a real life situation.

Could anyone answer this question and make you fully beleive it? As we know, all fight situations are different so maybe one martial art would be better for a certain type of fight situation and perhaps Boxing skills would be better for another.

In my own experience i would say, If you have good boxing skills and are a student of Brazilian Jui-Jitsu you have the best general chance of being able to handle most fight situations.

These two fighting arts give you a good mix of stand up fighting and ground fighting, so no matter how the fight goes, you are skilled in both areas. Most fights will either be a trading of punches or a wrestling, close contact fight, so it makes sense to practice both of these as much as possible.

Many of the Martial Arts, such as Kung Fu, Aikido, Karate and so on, although good Martial Arts, don't have any answer for ground fighting, so if the fight goes to the ground all the skills are gone. The same can be said for Kickboxing and Thai Boxing, there both good Martial Arts but they don't have any ground skills at all. Wrestling is a good thing to practice that is very helpful in a real fight situation, giving you an edge if a fight goes to the ground.

The best thing you can do is make sure you do some form of stand up fighting, and also some kind of ground game like Brazilian Jui-Jitsu or Wrestling. This way you are prepared for most fight situations. Obviously if your involved in a gang fight or you are fighting more then one person at a time, you should not want to take a fight to the ground.


Anonymous said...

Great post. I strongly agree with the initial point that Kung Fu, Aikido, Karate and many others lack ground training. Furthermore, most of those types don't allow two practitioners to go head to head (in a controlled fashion) to get real fight experience.

A person needs to become used to going against another human in combat. Of course not at %100 power and effort but strong enough to really get a feel of what it's like. My sparring in Kung Fu was non-existent. My Taekwondo years provided more or less a slapping match with pulled kicks. This will not help in real life self defense.

Boxing will as well as some basic wrestling or the arts the author wrote about. More important, you will be able to get a real experience with others in the gym.

The actual real life experience gained is well worth the occasional bump and bruise one might get. In fact, in my opinion, is a critical aspect of training to really be able to defend yourself.


PMF said...

Thank you DaveCS for your views and opinions, they are much appreciated.

judoka said...

Ground game is vital! And being able to punch helps as well!

Awareness and general fitness are very important as well.

I like this blog

Anonymous said...

Nice blog and good advice.

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