It is a touchy subject any time we discuss someone’s personal reasons for study the humanities. The reasoning is normally full of emotion.
Have you ever thought of your personal martial goal?
Which of those various martial arts goals motivates you:
* To defend yourself in a fight at a celebration
* To enter (win) competitions
* To get/stay in shape
* To raised understand the mind-body connection
Is yours a self-defense goal?
Personally, I even have no real interest in martial-arts competitions (except to review them for the mental exercise). I study and practice martial arts for private self defense. I would like to have the opportunity to defend myself and my family members.
Should you are in the humanities for self defense, read on….
Your martial goal should preclude you from staying in a single martial art and even one “type” of art. In other words, don’t only depend on a tough style or a soft style, or a Chinese art, or simply JKD.
Your personal goal will involve understanding the very best reactions to any given technique or martial situation. And to have the opportunity to guage and modify, you possibly can’t stay loyal to anybody style. No, not even Jeet Kune Do (but that is a distinct article.)
Don’t limit yourself to simply Tae Kwon Do, Karate, or Aikido. This is just not a criticism of any of those styles. No style offers the whole lot … not even the eclectic styles –progressive systems– claiming to supply the whole lot to all.
Briefly, here’s my logic (faulty though some might imagine it) — If there are just a few million TKD practitioners on the market, and you wish have the opportunity to defend yourself against nearly all of people on the market, then don’t you’re thinking that it’s best to avoid doing exactly what they’re doing?
Don’t Play Your Opponent’s Game
Personally, I do not have enough faith or athletic prowess, to imagine that my “same set of TKD moves” will likely be higher than just a few million other individuals who do the very same techniques that I do.
Are you a similar?
Should you are to have a probability, you wish a way that efficiently overcomes whatever set you encounter. Should you are going to defend against TKD, then you definately need something that demolishes that set quickly. (Remember the goal.)
Should you stay within the style, then what your opponent does could be overcome by you, and what you do, unfortunately, could be overcome by your opponent.
So, your goal should preclude you from bowing right down to one style.
Besides, you have got never been one to do the identical ol’ – same ol’, right?
Self Defense Is not the Only Goal
Please don’t think for one minute that the goal of efficient self defense is the one worthwhile goal.
You could have different goals.
Should you desires to compete, for instance, then you definately might need to avoid the styles that claim to show street self defense only. They might offer a majority of techniques which can be illegal in competition.
Conversely, if it is time to focus more on pure, efficient self defense, then you definately’d need to avoid classes that emphasize kicking above the waist, flying kicks, and a lot of spins. Those moves are perfect for competitions — not so efficient on the road.