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Self Defense Martial Arts Styles
In this video, I share different ideas I see as needing changes in the Martial Arts. There is a lot more that should be in this video, but it long enough as it is. The question for this video is "What do you see as needing to be changed in your martial arts?" Let us know so we can have a conversation about it.
9:29 – This is something I only learned from playing competitive video games. A single move's value can only be as good as other options that exist near the same situation as that move. Basically, it has to be able to be mixed up with other effective decisions. Otherwise, it doesn't matter if you've got the best right cross or wrestling shoot in the world. Your opponent can just prepare for that one option, negate it, and retaliate.
As far as critique goes, I'd toss some toward karate's use of the staff. I think, because the staff is powerful enough to be dangerous to spar with, it either didn't happen or was extremely uncommon, opting instead for solo practice and cooperative kata. And I think this lack of sparring…shows, however potently the moves in kata can be performed.I also think an artefact of this, is that not many people get interested in the combative use of a staff. With wushu and staff tricking looking so much flashier and fun to experiment with, people get attracted to that instead of how to fight with a staff practically. Then, those that would be interested in how to use a staff effectively get dissuaded from pursuing it, because they mostly see the performance art aspect.I think adding some forms of training in staff that are more compelling and intellectually challenging than just kata by itself, would do a lot to generate interest in the weapon again. Especially given that karate's is the most widespread conception of the staff's use in the US.
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