Personal Transformation, Challenge & Defense Through the Study of the Ancient Warrior Arts
Below are a series of short, live-action instructional videos of the martial skills that we teach at our Dojo.
Real life self defense testimonials
To be an true expert martial artist (Black Belt) there are 6 main areas of martial skill you need to be expert in.
As you probably know by now, most martial arts styles are "Budo" arts and do sport and kids martial arts. Martial sports focus on 1 or 2 of the skill areas -and they do the sport version of those skills (EX: BJJ schools teach (sport) grappling, Tae Kwon Do schools teach (sport) kicking).
Martial sports are a lot of fun and many serious martial artists first trained in the sport arts as kids before they started studying the original martial arts the sport arts are descended from. If studying "Martial Sports" like BJJ, Judo, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing etc and playing martial arts as a sport (competing in tournaments etc) is what interests you then you should definitely pursue that BUT if your interest is in being a functional martial artist with real martial skills then the video demonstrates the different types of skills you SHOULD know (And absolutely MUST know if self defense abilities are part of your reasons for wanting to train in the Arts)
Contact us if you have any questions about the different types of martial skills or would like the chance to come and train at our Dojo. 954.249.4998
Usually when people are searching for functional, reality based fighting skills training they look at more combative martial styles such as Krav Maga.
Real martial arts training for adults can be hard to find. As you probably already know from searching in the local Ft Lauderdale area most schools in south Florida (and in the rest of the country) are focused on martial arts as a sport or on kid’s arts.
Real martial arts focus on totally different things than the sport arts do.
To be able to defend yourself effectively you need to move away from sport arts and train in a system that teaches you to use and defend against 6 different skill sets: Long range kicking, mid-range striking, infighting range striking, grappling range, locking/choking and weapons.
Then add on some needed skills/concepts such as how to fight against groups (multiple attacker theory), fighting strategy and tactics (Sun Tzu's "Art of War" with a good translation/ explanation is worth the effort). You also need mental skills training: How to control fear, how to improvise and adjust to changing scenarios, aggression training etc.
And you should also learn and have a good working knowledge of basic martial concepts and tactics (Law of 3, path of aggression, rule of 3, draws, eye traps, iron shield, circular vs. straight line, controlling the fighting range, physical matchup strategy etc.)
Arts such as Krav Maga, Kali and Jeet Kune Do (if they are taught properly) should teach most these ranges, concepts and skill sets. Some other arts are effective but only in one or two fighting ranges (Okinawa Te karate for kick and punch range, Wing Chun kung fu for infighting range etc).
A well known Bruce Lee saying is:
“Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.”
Effective fighting systems naturally evolve in the direction of doing what works (adding martial skills as needed) and eliminating what does not work. The techniques will be further adapted to the circumstances and needs of the of arts practitioners.
An Okinawan Karateka facing a (relatively) slower opponent in a fully armored Samurai will utilize a different set of skills and methodologies than a Krav Maga fighter facing a fast, unarmored knife fighter.
As you progress as a student in your training you will also naturally develop your own unique tendencies and preferences as you practice your art making it "uniquely your own".
Excellent martial arts training will make you well rounded technically in all the "4 fighting ranges" plus weapons but it should also develop you as an individual (both personally and as a martial artist).
Having the ability to effectively defend yourself is huge and an important aspect of your personal abilities to get handled if you still don't know how. We live in a world where random violence is a possibility. If you watch your local news you see that every day. You would be wise to address it. If someone spent time on boats you'd think it was foolish for them to not know how to swim. Self defense is the same except if most people knew how defend themselves incidents of random violence and the need for defense would drop. Attacking trained fighters is much more difficult and dangerous than attacking helpless victims. Predators need to prey on the weak. The strong are too risky.
Training in combative arts like Krav Maga will also give you added confidence and peace of mind and develop you in other ways. Self defense is a good goal and many people start training in the arts because they want self-defense abilities but being a serious martial artist will also give you many other benefits.
"Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power."
Self defense training is challenging but fairly straight forward. You can become a functional fighter in Krav Maga or any other reality based system fairly quickly. The reason people train for a lifetime is partly to keep up their skills but mainly for all the other benefits they get from the training: improving themselves as a person mind body and spirit, the feeling of being at your best, enjoying training with a great group of people and for the overall fun of the arts.
"I don't doubt that at the dawn of martial arts, the main goal was to beat up one's opponents in the most effective way possible. But then, indirectly, the alchemy of martial arts began to strike some chords deep within the spirit of many individuals, transforming living war-machines into poets, artists, and philosophers."
-Daniel Bolelli, On the Warrior's Path
Best of luck to you in your training.