Why Martial Arts Don’t Work • Martial Arts Journey


Why Martial Arts Don’t Work The world is full of various martial arts. While their techniques and heritage may be
different, they are all connected by the word “Martial”, meaning – relating to fighting
and war. While there are various reasons a person may
start martial arts for, most people start it wanting to learn how to protect themselves,
yet too often they are promised something that they never really learn, even after years
of training. Hi, my name is Rokas, and in this Martial
Arts Journey video, I will share my story, how I learned that various Martial Arts don’t
work the hard way. I was always fascinated by Eastern culture. Especially the samurai and the way of the
warrior. It was only a matter of time for me to start
learning martial arts. I was also pushed to learn martial arts for
self defense by surrounding circumstances. My country Lithuania was still freshly out
of the Soviet Union which gave space for crime organizations to thrive between all of the
confusion, and the younger generation was quick to copy them, by searching for easy
prey to harass, beat up, or mug. As I was a peaceful teenager, hanging out
with other like-minded kids, various gang-wannabes often chose me and my friends as their targets. I had countless of friends who have been victim
to having their mobile phones mugged from them by other kids of similar age, and this
danger was always very active for me as well. Having no desire to harm anyone, yet wanting
to protect myself and others, I was naturally drawn to Aikido, which promised the ability
to protect myself and others, without using extreme violence. While I was fascinated by the philosophy of
Aikido, but one of my main priorities for learning it initially was for self defense. My first Aikido instructor mixed his classes
with some Kyokushin basics and traditions, such as push-ups, endurance training, punching
the bag and more. He also often spoke about street fighting,
yet he never really gave advice how to act in an actual situation of self defense. The training was also very much technique
focused and there were no live sparring or pressure testing during it. We were promised that by learning the techniques
until perfecting them, that when the time will come, they will kick into action. Despite this promise, all the time while training,
I had doubts about my ability to defend myself, yet believing in my instructors promise, I
decided that I needed to train more of the same. I started training not only with teenagers,
but with adults too, around 7 times per week of regular classes. I was also often doing extra training with
my friends. To boost my confidence, I asked them to punch
harder and resist more, while I did my techniques, yet even when there was more resistance, it
was still cooperative training, as my partners were throwing specific attacks and their resistance
consisted only of stiffening up to not allow a specific technique, rather offering live
resistance which would teach me to adapt. Meanwhile, I was constantly harassed and threatened
in the streets very often by various gang-wannabes. Fortunately, most of the times I was able
to talk my way out of the situations or to find a creative solution (not that I was taught
to do that in my Aikido classes), yet one time the circumstances happened to be worse. I was approached by a group of five young
guys who stood around me and asked for my mobile phone (which were expensive at the
day). As their leader grabbed me on my collar and
demanded my phone, no Aikido techniques came to me at the moment, despite my training being
focused mostly on grabs. All that came to my mind: was to randomly
punch the guy in the back of the head. As the punch landed, he lost balance and collapsed
on the ground. Meanwhile, the other four guys started screaming
and yelling at each other in panic, since they clearly did not see this coming. Looking back at the day, I am upset, that
no one told me that the best option right there was to run away. Instead, being a “martial artist”, I stood
there to fight them. Unfortunately, instead of being proactive
and using the chance to attack them, I stood there, waiting for their attacks – as I was
taught in Aikido. At the same time, I observed how my mind froze
with considerations of how will I know which specific technique to apply, to which attack. “Will I know the right technique, for the
right movement?”. As I stood there lost in my inner dialogue,
the gang got back their posture and instead of throwing an attack, they sprayed pepper
spray into my face. Luckily enough, at this moment, I realized
that I have to run, and so I did. Barely seeing where I am running amidst trees,
with my eyes and mouth burning from pepper, I finally managed to reach a store where I
asked for help. As I came back home, I was confused and I
did not realize what went wrong. After speaking to my Aikido instructor and
hearing his thoughts, I was suggested that I simply lacked enough training, and that
I need to train even more and longer, to learn more techniques for every possible occasion,
until they will naturally become active in a self defense situation. Yet again, having faith in my instructor,
I started training even more Aikido, but this time I also decided to try something else. On my personal contemplations, I came to a
conclusion that I am missing striking skills. Still being inspired by Eastern culture, I
decided to start training Wing Chun alongside my Aikido training. I trained Wing Chun like crazy as well. Encouraged by me, a group from our Wing Chun
class even started a camp in a forest where we trained extra for hours almost daily. Yet again, I training was focused on specific,
static form and even if we did light sparring, we would only include the traditional techniques
of Wing Chun that we were taught and we offered little live resistance to each other. During the time I also looked into Kendo and
Karate to fill in my gaps, and although I did not train much of it, everywhere I went
I was also encouraged to focus on polishing static techniques, with the promise that one
day they will come to work. As no one taught me proper strategy or mentality
suitable for real life self defense, I started creating my own strategy, as I prepared for
the next encounter. I decided, that the next time someone will
try to mug me, (and I was sure this will happen soon enough, due to the circumstances of my
crime activity in my city), I will punch them so hard to the face, that I will knock them
out. To make sure that happens, I started hitting
the heavy bag at home everyday for hours upon hours, to develop a – “killer punch”. Eventually, the day to test proof my strategy
and new skills came. As I was walking to school, I saw two guys
standing on the other side of the road looking at me. The third one of the group was standing on
my walking side, and as I came close to him, he stood up in front of me and demanded me
to give my mobile phone (yes, it was very popular thing to do in my city at the day). My brain quickly connected the dots of what
was happening and my planned strategy came into action. As my punch landed on his face, all that happened
though, was him taking a step back and starting to swear. As I realized my plan didn’t work out, no
other technique came to me at the moment and I decided to run away. Looking at it back now, I see that running
away after landing a punch was actually a good decision to make, yet that was not something
that my martial arts instructors managed to encourage me to do. Also, yet again I was exposed to a situation
where all the techniques I collected and tried to perfect, still did not come into action,
and thus I was left to continue to search for answers in futility, believing that the
issue was with me not training enough, rather than the martial arts and it’s instructors
that I learned from. Only years later I was introduced to Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu, which suddenly showed me a new door. As I rolled with a fully resisting partner,
of course none of my Aikido or Wing Chun techniques came to me as well, yet during my first rolls
I witnessed how powerful the applied techniques were. As I started investigating into where that
power comes from, I learned about such terms as pressure testing, alive drilling, constant
rolling and more. I quickly saw the differences in the training
methods and I started to realize that it was not my fault that I was not able to apply
what I learned in my training, but it was how I was taught to do it. Of course, this is not to say that BJJ is
a complete martial art, yet the training methods that it offers, amongst other similar types
of combat practices, offers completely different results than entirely compliant training of
very limited, and traditional techniques in static conditions. Later on I was also introduced to self defense
concepts and the difference between martial arts and self defense, which also opened up
great doorways to understand where my past issues came from. Whether a martial art works or not does depend
on what you want it to work for. It may be a great tool for personal development,
or a means fitness and education, yet the word “Martial” in it’s description implies
– that it Should develop effective skills meant for fighting, at least as a component. Unfortunately, most martial arts never expose
themselves to enough pressure testing and alive drilling to witness the flaws behind
some of it’s ideas of how it should work and why for someone it did not work. Many of them simply keep on polishing their
techniques with compliant partners and hopes, that one day it will apply under live circumstances
and may spend years doing so. Also, too often martial arts schools fail
to address the difference between martial arts and self defense, and to teach effective
strategies to deal with conflict, instead of indirectly encouraging students to expect
to defend themselves physically in all situations. Of course, different martial arts have this
issue on different levels, based on how it is trained. Judo and some styles of Karate, for example,
do offer much more pressure testing than many other martial arts such as kung-fu or ninjutsu. Also, some schools do have seperate classes
for their martial art and actual self defense. Yet this consideration of what the martial
art promises, and whether does it really deliver it – is very important for all practices. While sharing my personal story, I hope it
did help shed some understanding of what is implied the next time you will hear someone
saying that Martial Arts don’t work. What do you think about various martial arts
failing to deliver their promise? Did you experience something similar? Let me know in the comments. If you liked the video, make sure to share
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to the Martial Arts Journey channel. This was Rokas, and I wish you to own your
Journey.

100 Replies to “Why Martial Arts Don’t Work • Martial Arts Journey

  1. So you make a video que the title that martial arts dont work when in reality it's that you su k at them? Look, if your teacher just focuses on training the techniques without allowing his students to spare, it's pretty obvious you're just going to the wrong gym. And even them, it's not like all techniques will work at all times. Perfect your techniques, go to a sparring gym, and grow a pair most of all, but dont go posting that martial arts dont work because of your own shortcomings.

  2. I've been mugged and it's never one guy, it's always 2 or more guys. I find that kicking and punching techniques work best in that situation. BJJ you are exposed to head stomps from wingmen siding by waiting to strike. I feel you'll always be better prepared the more you know about the different styles.

  3. What you describe I’ve had a similar experience with mma styles. Even when I first started training muah Thai which was more like kickboxing since they didn’t teach any elbows at that gym I was in high school. And to my surprise when I got in fights or horse played I could not connect low kicks with shins I remember but shoes. The adrenaline and nervousness which you also seem to describe will make your techniques suck no matter what style.

    I even fought this big gang member and he was this boxer dude and I remember him getting cocky and throwing a jab at me I blocked but then he rushed and my foot bounced off of him like rubber. So I used the ideas behind my muah Thai training at the time it just didn’t work like I expected it. Some people can take a lot of pain or even low kicks to the leg and keep going. Some people are just tough. This was a black kid from some hood. Hrs later I also went to prison and fought this guy where I slipped after throwing a high kick but got up quickly and we came to a stalemate. Mma didn’t help me all that much to tell the truth or at least much Thai.

  4. I absolutely disagree that martial arts don't work. I do agree that most people enter a martial arts studio to achieve self defense. I started out with point Karate which absolutely fails to provide you with the confidence you need to defeat a larger opponent or multiple opponents. The primary reason is because that is not what's being taught. Virtually every school teaching Karate focuses on scoring points in tournaments. What is being taught is the ancient culture of Asian martial arts. There is no pressure testing of the techniques you learn. To make matters worse you are taught to defend against compliant opponents. This neither provides you with confidence in your techniques for use in self defense, or knowledge of which of your techniques would work in a live self defense situation.
    I however studied under a Korean man named Bwung Nam Kim who had developed a more contemporary system he called modern Tae Kwon Do. It was actually the kicks from Tae Kwon Do and the punching techniques from boxing. We sparred full contact wearing body armor to limit the possibility of serious injury. Having studied under several other alleged masters who never taught anything other than light contact point Karate this was a pleasant change. Mr. Kim insisted and I agree that not unlike anything else martial arts must constantly be upgraded and improved. Though boxing in it's current form may be newer than Karate, its roots can be traced to ancient Rome and the Colosseum. Adding the more modern scientific approach should be a part of the toolbox of every martial artist.. Though we didn't know it then this was a forerunner of today's MMA, though it lacked the grappling element.
    In the 80s using Mr. Kim's advice I continued to develop my own style of what he had shown me. I added to it the grappling element with JuJutsu, Unknowingly what I was doing was similar to what is seen in the cage in MMA matches. My system was highly effective and though I was never able to spar a professional boxer or wrestler it worked magnificently against street thugs and I was forced to use it several times.
    My friends who had studied at point Karate studios were never able to beat me in sparring. Martial arts do work, but you can't expect to use arts that were developed hundreds of years ago to match the violence you hear about on the news daily. In 1914 the Wright brothers flew just over a 100 feat and it was called magic. Today you have 700 series jets capable of carrying 100s of people around the world. While many of the avionics ideas developed by the Wright brothers are still in use today, we only got to jumbo jets by further developing the science of avionics. Martial arts are the same. A fighter who studied the ancient martial arts in ancient times was likely highly effective against anyone with no fight training. But as combat sports became more scientific and even laymen understood the basics, the ancient martial arts were less effective. And with the discontinuation of their use on the battle field people were learning what may have been possible in the past. Hearing legends of what great masters could do does not make you a better fighter. Pressure testing does.

  5. Here is some guys with only this type of training that in that environment and in those small cells would beat the majority of Juan Thai, mma, or other moderns types you advocate. Again in their environment and natural ruthlessness: https://youtu.be/mzl3wB3OB8s

  6. Kungfu and aikido combinations are actually one of the deadliest… But running doesnt hurt specially when your not trapped…

  7. Great video, speaks the truth, self defence and sport fighting are different things, if you have time and space to square up, you have time and space to get out of there, so the context of self defence is running away is not option and assume there will be more than one person looking to hurt you or your loved one. It is a given that it will be fast and chaotic, training would be more principle based rather than technique based

  8. Boxing is a martial art too. I bet you wouldn't say that boxing isn't effective. I think you might also be hanging out with some frauds who claim to be martial artists, but also dont put themselves into situations where a student can kick them in the face. I've done that… it isn't pleasant. It's hard to call yourself a martial artist without having to use your "traditional" forms in a practical format. Either for full contact or sport competition

  9. Sure as hell sparred in my kung fu class. No points jus 1 minute of fierce anything goes fighting in full gear. Exhausting! Got my eyes gouged, got my jaw dislocated and got hit so hard my brain spun. My teacher was a beast of a man from Brazil who did nothing but train and Id put my money on that guy in a fist fight any day. Real problem is that thugs arent martial artists, they are opportunists bullies and cowards and you can almost guarantee they will go for a weapon the moment things arent going their way. As you said, best to run if you can. Anything else is extremely risky!

  10. Your mind froze because you did not have enough fighting experience…
    Fear overcame your training.

    Martial arts cant help you there…

    Meditation can. Controlling your mind is the most important thing during a fight. Thinking clearly and not being afraid….that can be achieved only by meditation or by experience….

    Every 'real' martial arts teacher would first of all focus on the strength of his pupils by making them do pushups, situps, etc…this makes them hit hard and take hits and survive.

    Secondly he would teach them meditation…. controlling their mind.

    Third… he would teach them the techniques….

    There's 99 percent chance you won't find such a teacher….
    So you would have to do that yourself.

    Most teachers teach others for money…
    They will teach them the techniques…
    And yes that can help too…
    If you practice those techniques religiously, you will surely be able to use them in a fight…
    Because your mind would be trained to move your hands and legs the moment you would see a punch coming towards you….

    But the most effective way…is meditation….

  11. A simple cost calculation exercise shows it’s cheaper to give them your $1000 phone, or the $50 I might have in my pocket, than it is to pay several thousand per year on classes etc for several years to reach a level of competence that you could actually defeat your mugger.

  12. Facing a fight and standing upon the spot and fight needs guts and lions heart not everyone is born with it or only time can make you one.

  13. It doesn't matter what fighting style you learn if you don't have the guts to fight its all for not

  14. That's BS bro. Because REAL martial arts Teaches you to "Run Away" NOT fight unless you absolutely HAVE to. It's a regimen of the mind Before Body. And the ONLY REAL way to learn how to fight. Is do as I did. Amass a damn crazy amount of fights in "REAL TIME " Meaning actually fight those assholes you don't like. And the world has a surplus of those. They won't be hard to find. I've fought 300 fights. And I'm 43. I quit fighting 9 yrs ago. So at 34. So between 13 and 34 I've had over 300. Most don't last more then a few seconds. Longest I had lastest almost 20 mins. But we were Both Young. Both drunk. And Both knew how to fight. It boils down to this. 3 Rules. Speed. Heart. And Experience….😁

  15. There is NO "Art" that can Win ALL Fights…that's like saying. I've found a way to Never grow old and die….

  16. You can bash all the forms, katas but they are just simply a guide on how to execute the technique. But its up to you to learn them, figure out what is practical for you and know what situations to apply them to. Get a sparring partner and drill in techniques to train the muscles to respond to it cleaner and faster. Martial arts has evolved at an amazing rate these last 40 years but if you look back everything you see is an adaptation of what came before. Learn the technique, train the technique then decide if you want it in your arsenal or not.

  17. Your problem is u think .you must feel and flow appropriately .kenpo karate is very good for teaching flow.muscle memory is vital so practice alot my friend.

  18. This guy put master Ken in the video lol master ken is purposely spoofing martial arts.buthe is a real kenpoist.

  19. Any martial artist including street fight guys i talked to say the same – you can beat one opponent, you can probably beat two, there's almost no chance to beat 3 and if there is more than 3 – doesn't matter how good you are – it's better to run. If you see a knife – you run. Even if it's one bad guy with a knife – you better run unless you absolutely can't.

    So yes, first lesson of any martial art should be: in real fight your first option must be to run.

  20. I depends on you sensi. In my aikido class we did fight so hard every week and it converted to something like bjj, but at that time I wasn't aware of existence of bjj

  21. What I've learned from this is you let fear over ride your brain so the " skills" you clame to have were as useless as you were. Self defense true self defense is being aware of your surroundings and not letting fear rule you as you did. Running is smart and a quik punch to the face sure can save you if you can escape but if you can't escape then you would have been beaten or killed because you frose. Keep moving and use what you know also know your surroundings what can help win a fight and what will get you hurt/killed for trying. Most of all keep calm and look for a way to escape as soon as possible if you need to.

  22. I pretty much like what you've said. I have recently started training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu myself. To say I had misgivings at first, would be a terrible understatement! I used to think, rather cynically, that most of these Sensei's had extensive training in their particular discipline or disciplines, but no real world hand to hand combat experience per se. I think for the most part, I was not wrong if you'll pardon the double negative syntax. Yet, there was something to be said for my prior experience with Western Boxing, some light Greckoroaman Wrestling, the Muay Thai, the Jodo, and the reality based SCARS (Special Combat Aggression Reactionary System) that I studied. I have managed to successfully use it for self-defense in reality. My reason for studying Brazilian Jiu-jitsu was wholly different than a need for self-defense. I went into it because in addition, at the risk of oversharing, I have Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, and issues with Chemical Dependency. The first day I did it was an open mat day, and I of course got thrown around like rag doll. Yet, I was floored by how many of the mostly men in that class could relate to my story. We were a class full of men supporting men the way we do; by pounding each other into the ground, then having a good conversation while we are in class in between roll time. It has become my new DOC (Drug of Choice), to the point that I am now on third day smoke free with the help, and incentive of wanting to do better in life, and the ring! I used to hate any mixed martial arts having done some prior, even calling it (as one of my more affectionate terms) "ground and pound!" Now, I wouldn't trade it for anything!

  23. Martial arts doesn't work in slow motion people.. teaching in slow motion doesn't mean you master the shit .. wen really fighting in fast moving motion is impossible to do all that crap .. real fighter know this clowns don't .. so stop watching movies and leave it to people who are born into this.. morons be careful you will hurt yourself and people around you … blessings to everyone jesus christ saves ..

  24. The problem is training someone without injuring him. How else would you do that? "Real fight" is nest experience but at a stupidly high cost. It is like military training. Combat experience can never be replaced by training but other things being equal trained soldier has still better chance to survive compared to untrained one. At least you should learn how to land a fist without breaking your fingers. Therefore "Martial Arts" DO work. Issue is that more complicated the art gets, less you can focus on basic moves that you will use in 90% of a real fight. This makes wrestling or judo first boxing and teakwando second best disciplines for they focus on basics rather than complicated combos which will consume your training time for activating reflexes that you will either never require or avoid the cases they are required by other means (strategic instead of tactical). In arts like kaeete kungfu etc. you will invest your training time to learn how to defend when you are surrounded by multiple enemies. These combos will almost never work in real combat. If you are surrounded, run; try to move and quit that position immediately. Do not stand and fight if you are outnumbered. Denying such a case is much easier than defeating it. Another example is when they train for defending an armed opponent yourself being unarmed. That will most probably fail. Defending firearms, will fail. You can surprize him but he will find a way to slip and put a distance which is very easy, than you are done. These are not the situations you will face in your entire life. And you will put huge time and effort on them instead perfecting your basics that works always in all situations except extremely rare ones. If a well trained wrestler or jiu jitsu practicer catches you, you are done even if you are a karete guru. A boxer gets in fisting range Kung-fu guy is done. Even a 10 years old drunk street boy can put a knife to the chest of 40 years old perfect condition experienced commando officer. Even Bruce Lee can't do anything to average Joe who holds a gun at 4 meter distance. In that sense arts wont work. But they have their functions as I explained at the start.

  25. You should try boxing because it enables you to practice the techniques you learn in the sparring, because a huge part of boxing is sparring your actually putting to practice what you know.

  26. A decade of martial arts eventually taught me that there is ALWAYS a stronger or luckier opponent, often with seven friends. This is why the BEST martial arts technique is a simple Concealed Carry Weapon permit and a good sidearm with a high-capacity magazine. You almost never have to use it, just SHOW it and intend to use it. Sorry, fans. Gun > Any MMA/MA

  27. You should try Muay Thai, it involves sparring, kicks, punches, kness, and elbows. Which makes this a dangerous martial art when it comes to self defense.

  28. Martial arts is a sport. If you really wanna defend yourself on the streets then buy a gun. If guns are illegal in your county then carry a knife.

  29. MMA style of fighting is great for sport fighting, but can we please quit pretending that it doesn't have weaknesses and limitations in an actual self-defense / street fight scenario? What are you going to do when you run across someone willing to use eye gouging, groin shots, shots to the knee caps, weapons, biting, more than one opponent, etc?

  30. The technique is only as good as the person who uses it. It wasn't the style that failed. The failure was you

    MMA beats up thugs at a gas station

    https://youtu.be/8tn1I07k0Bs

    Karate master knocks out pimp

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=B8AlAzZGX3Q

    Female MMA Fighter knocks out thug trying to rob her

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/others/mma-fighter-beats-up-would-be-robber-gets-him-arrested-in-rio-de-janeiro/articleshow/67433750.cms

    TKD Knocks out robber

    https://youtu.be/OEXfPvTw73g

  31. so you are telling me that khabib wouldnt be able to take out pretty much anybody despite being not a very big guy? lol

  32. You went into the whole thing wrong. Learn the "art" all you like. It is still only art. You can't train hoping not to hurt anyone or not be violent. The heart of these technics come from war. Point fighting teaches you nothing. Find a friend that has practiced other styles and fight your friend. Black your eyes. Purple your knuckles. This is not a game. Learn to kill. You don't have to put it into practice, but you must practice like you will. Going through form and kata is good, but its nothing like getting punched in the face.

  33. Dont mess with martial art…..if a person is train hard with a good sparring….he can become a monster 😅 i know very well…and i saw with my own eyes…. But without sparring…only training is like learning a swim on a dry land.

  34. Hi Rokas, I am hoping to learn a self defence as the city Im in isn’t the safest place to be. Like you Im just hoping to learn self defence to protect myself and not to harm anyone.
    Watched your video and was really encouraged and inspired to start to learn a self defence!
    Hopefully you could advise me your take on Krav maga?
    Is it similar to Aikido (which would not help in a self defence situation)?
    If so, what sort of self defence do you recommend i should learn??

    Thanks!!

  35. the problem is not that martial arts don't work. The problem is you fail to act and apply them to real life situations.

  36. I think you're wrong. Martial arts is life is not just something that could save you when your out on the world,If you are a beginer of course and you can't protect yourself no one of us couldn't in the first months.If it works has to do with how much you are training and if your really loving what you do!It is mean too how we take every situation and other things but At least you could write "IN MY OPINION MARTIAL ARTS DON'T WORK"….

  37. How much martial arts can someone learn in a year. I'm writing a story and I need a believable amount of combat training without physical coniquences. So no OMP or Batman training.
    1 year, regular person, how much can they learn while factoring school and proper sleep.

  38. Some martial arts thought people unnecessary moves. But I am respect this as part of arts. Build your strength, build your endurance, but not for hurting others. We lived in 2019, we have law and guns.

  39. The problem with martial arts is. 1) that their is no governing body who can take away an instructors licence to teach that I no of
    2)that their is so many Dojo's and instructors that teach their own version of their own martial art form that it has been waterdown
    3) so many people are ready to sue if they get hurt and a child gets hurt that some trueful instructors are worried about getting used which leaves martial art being waterdown or the true styles have been lost
    4) so many instructors are in it just to earn some money so not really teaching it properly or are just fake ( not all instructors are like this but the honest ones are hard to find
    5) the style is not important in a fight if you can take a hit + got speed and stamina with timing and able to know yourself and surroundings you can win fight but you do need to know more then 1 style John claude van Damme styles consist of Shōtōkan Karate and Kickboxing he took up both Taekwondo and Muay Thai. Jason Statham He has studied Wing Chun kung fu, karate, and kickboxing. Jackie Chan train in hapkido  Karate, Judo, Taekwondo and Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee Wing ChunGung-Fu and mixing them with boxing and other styles.

  40. You train in 1 on 1 sparring…yet, on the street, you are confronted by anywhere between 2-5 individuals…no one, absolutely no one talks about melee training or sparring against 2 or 3 opponents. Also, you want to learn how to fight but you don't want to hurt anyone? Ridiculous. too much "In the box" thinking…too much preference over practicality.

  41. Martial arts.dont work because you dont incorporate philosophy and mind control. Martial arts do work, you just learn the wrong martial arts. Also, what are you trying to accomplish.

  42. Wanna defend yourself ? Learn boxe and jiu jitsu. Kicks are rarely used or effectives on street fights, also, on certain ocasions you may be using pants that limits your kicking skills

  43. You just need to have more balls to be willing to take the punch for every failure instead of running away like a pussy. Dun blame the skill… Simply because u can't execute them because you are a chicken shit

  44. never trust a martial arts school that doesn't do full contact sparring, you'll never develop the necessary experience to deal with a real fight.

  45. Martial arts do work you honestly just suck when fighting street fighters I would win honestly there would be a few that can match me yes but it's only cause I'm human and not Superman train in American/ European fighting because well……it's the best you need to spar n not just do drills in order to learn how to fight Yu must fight

  46. m.a. gives u options like studying gives u options in conversations weather u use them wisely or not its up to u dude its like saying that books are useless in social life…no u simple add new options instead of running away u just have to learn how to use them and when

  47. That's easy. It's because it has become a show. Not a lifestyle anymore. Real martial arts were invented for protection against the wild, to keep self control and be in harmony with peace. But that changed fast, as it became a sport for show.

  48. I mean I'm training in All forms of Martial Arts and they work like a dream for me. That's just me though.

  49. The styles are correct, but the teacher forgot to teach application. You can have every math formula, but if you don't know how to use them, then your math is useless. Of course what works for the big guy, may not work for the little. Most instructors fail to teach adaption.

  50. Every martial arts works!!just that you have to be creative and have that will to kill or hurt someone.Once you have that, the attacker will run away from you, when they run, chase them and make sure they end up in hospital. Always look around your surrounding and look for weapon. trust me, i use my Karate skills in gang fight before

  51. My Grandmaster Soonho Song trained in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Judo since he was a boy, got into numerous situations where he had to defend himself and his description of the kanji for Martial Arts is ‘to end the violence’ use your brain first, then your legs to run and when you must fight, end it quickly

  52. 0:46
    The soviet union? Mafias? That's ridiculous if you talk of the soviet union before Gorbachev (perestroika)

  53. Lol fragile spoiled online Americans. Hell the guy who made this video, go to East saint Louis and start some shit and talk crap, if you survive your martial arts and fighting style is legitimate. If not you'll be dead and your blood and brains will be all over the place. Real life triumphs over internet video nonsense. It's crazy how you fragile internet morons think you actually know something without anything to show other than some so called trash talking psychological warfare ability than even a retarded Chihuahua can spot from 10,000 miles away.

  54. Hey there Rokas wanted to ask you a question. Do you think Aikido would be more effective if they focus more on Atemi? I was reading Bill Gleason's boom that talked about Aikido being 70% atemi and 30% technique. Wanted to get your thoughts if Aikido sparred more and used more strikes

  55. I learned at a very young age that if you can kick someone in the groin hard enough, running away is easy. Luckily enough the martial art I take actually teaches groin strikes😂

  56. What do you think about martial arts that utilizes weapon? I mean for the martial arts that use fist and kicks or grapple, it might take a while to take down enemies. While, if you use a weapon, it only takes a few hit to the enemies for them to feel pain and may be they will run away from you.

  57. Well, talking and running is good self defence, not easy to learn in martal arts, though. I think it is more about Aikido not so effective. Personally I think my Karate helped me out (some sparring), but I also run after some punch and kicks, when more than one opponent. It's always a good tactic, and to scream "help" several times when running.

  58. my karate instructor said in a situation where a mugger or thief asked for something like a cell phone or money, you give it to them! You should never fight in a situation like that. The best self defense technique is to avoid fighting. My karate instructor said no object or money is worth your life. If a person tries to hurt you after you give them your wallet or phone etc. then you fight.

  59. The main problem with most martial arts training now is that it is way too structured. All it takes is someone with an off/no-style, like a brawler/berserker style, and most of what is taught just falls apart. Many of them don't know what to do against a grapple, and practically none deal with multiple opponents.

  60. I first started learning self defense in highschool in the early 1970's and in my last year I started studying Tang Soo-Do. During my first tour in South Korea I continued my Tang Soo-Do plus started taking Yoo-do. During my second tour I studied Hapki-Do. When sparring I used a mix of my training and one night in a bar I had to use it. Didn't want to but I also didn't want to get hit on the head with a full bottle of beer. I left without a scratch and the other guy made all kinds of threats towards me. One of the threats he made was when he came back to the village he was going to bring his brothers etc. News of what happened was all over the village. On his next visit he was by himself and nothing happened. That was in February 1980. The next time I used my training was in 1981 just before I ETSed. Walked by a derelict soldier and he struck me in the back for no apparent reason. After picking himself up off of the floor he started apologizing. You can also use your tone of voice as a defensive weapon.

  61. Just a tip to everyone training for self defense. If you have a strategy for a street fight set up in your head, make sure it includes you getting hit in the face. Real life is not a movie and sometimes the other person might just hit you first so be prepared to practice your techniques in a dazed state. Always prepare for the worst.

  62. This guy thinks after a couple of lessons he's mastered aikido. As a university student I had recently taken my 5th national bronze medal in judo with a 7 year wrestling background and a 12 year judo career. While working in Waikiki a shoplifter came in to the store I was working and after trying to fight the store manager, I went to help and threw him to the ground and held him in and armbar until the police came. In all honesty, I surprised myself with how using judo was like second nature and how effective it was. So take it from the small asian guy, if you train properly it can work. BTW the shoplifter was 6' and about 180lbs. I'm 5'6" and 130lbs.

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