April 13, 2020
A Real Fight: Self-Defense is Not a Sport
When you are attacked on the street, will you expect a referee to suddenly appear? When you are bleeding and broken, will you find solace in the fact that your attacker should have been disqualified for using an “illegal strike”?
We cannot rely on a sport to teach us how to fight. All sports have rules. Fights have no rules.
Striking the groin, gouging the eyes, and crushing the windpipe are not a decent person’s idea of a good time, but it is imperative that we train to protect ourselves from these kinds of attacks. We also must be willing to use these kinds of strikes in a fight for our lives.
There is no honor in allowing an evil force to overcome you, simply because you insist upon “fighting fair”. Rapists and murderers do not fight fair. Are good and decent people supposed to handicap themselves in the fight against the horrible evils of this world?
When a brawl erupts, there is no ring or octagon. There is no agreement to keep it “one-on-one”. Maybe you practice MMA or BJJ, and you consider yourself highly-skilled in “ground fighting”. So, you willingly become locked with the opponent as you both tumble to the ground. You are confident that your “ground game” is superior, so you feel great about your chances.
According to your MMA training, you play everything perfectly, and you are able to maneuver yourself into a position to execute the perfect guillotine choke hold on your enemy. You have submitted him, and you begin to say a thankful prayer to Royce Gracie. At that very moment, your opponent’s buddy begins to kick you in the head. Suddenly, you realize that the ground was not really the best place to be.
Nobody came to kick Royce Gracie in the head during all those MMA victories! What gives?!
Maybe you are a boxer, squaring up. You are about to work the jab, but, before you get a chance, your opponent kicks you in the groin. You’ve spent all this time “fighting” as a boxer, but you’ve never practiced how to defend yourself from the most classic attack known to man.
Clearly, you weren’t “ready to rumble”.
There are no points to be scored. You will not hug your attacker after the final bell rings. There is no bell. A real martial arts practice prepares you for a fight in the real world.
At the end of the day, it is not about choosing the right “style” of Martial Arts practice. Any Martial Art can suffice as long as it truly prepares you to be ready and focused at a moment’s notice. You do not need to master 1,000 different techniques. If you know how to throw a good punch, and a good kick, you may have all the weapons you need. It is your ability to realize the moment the fight becomes necessary. It is your feeling for distance and timing. Never underestimating your opponent, and determined to finish what has been started, any true and traditional Martial Arts practice you choose will allow you to defend yourself adequately.