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TRAINING IN WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN:
( Respecting what others do)
We offer so much, so many different systems of combative sport, and reality based self defense combative systems/programs, to so many different folks.
EVERYONE HAS NEEDS AND THOSE NEEDS ARE DIFFERENT OTHER PEOPLES NEEDS:
Some folks enjoy and have a deep love for MMA, others for the the intricate and complex human chess game of Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, still others enjoy learning several different street defense systems, such as The Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Self defense, and others enjoy the competitive combat sport of:
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu- Still others like to practice Jiujitsu, and MMA together, or Judo and Kick boxing, or shooting hand guns, long guns and pistols , for target, or combat shooting- so many different things- and then some folks only want to do one thing, one martial art. I am often asked "What's the best martial art?" I know something about martial arts in that I have over 52 years practicing them. My answer is: They are good for what they do. Some arts have great flexibility and stretching in them, some such as Tai Chi are good for lowering blood pressure, some are good for law enforcement, some are good for fighting on the battlefields, some are good for relaxing, some are good for conditioning and over all fitness levels, some are good for combative sports, some are good for street self defense. Different strokes for different folks. A Case in point: Look at a Honolulu, great weather- I lived there for 6.5 years- but not great weather for snow skiing etc- if everyone liked the same thing we all would all be atheist, agnostics, Christians, Buddhist, republicans, democrats, etc- etc. What a boring world it would be.
My way is not your way, and your way is not my way. I do not cut down or condemn those who train and stick to only one martial art or to a vegetarian, or meat eating only diet only, or those who lift weights for martial arts, or those who do not train with weights in conjunction with martial arts. I do not care if folks train in several different martial arts at one time. Everyone has their own path.
Some folks see one martial art as their alpha and omega, the beginning and the end and everything in the middle included. This is their end in and of itself. Others take the same exact martial art and see it as a means to the end and not and end in itself.They use that martial art combined with another martial art for self defense, etc. I feel in all the cases above that its all good. It is a personal preference.
MY WAY, THE ONLY WAY?: Some folks believe their religion, their diet, their martial art and way of training, and the techniques they embrace is the only way. Only Way? For who? Of course for them- But some folks attack others training likes, and dislikes. In that case every boy and girl, man and woman, old, middle age, should all do exactly the same thing, right? Of course not. Everyone has their own martial arts goals, likes, dis-likes, and this can all change later as that person ages,. What was once good for sport might now be used at an older age for fitness and health, or tweaked for self defense .
DIFFERENT WAYS OF TRAINING IN THE SAME MARTIAL ART: Lets take Jiu-Jitsu, some folks love competitive grappling. Some like self defense. Some like only training in a GI (wearing a uniform and being able to grab the cloth and utilize the cloth for control & submission, and against the opponent) only, and others like only training in No GI (no jiu-jitsu uniform, non- cloth, grabbing limbs, head, torso, and not using their opponents clothing as grabbing handles in submission grappling)--- It's the Same Jiujitsu System but different people enter different schools to be able to train like they wish. Same system of jiu-jitsu but the emphasis is different. Some train in jiu-jitsu and concentrate on only competitive sport techniques. Others train in the same jiu-jitsu and concentrate in street self defense. You can find students training in GI for self defense only, or GI for mat competition, or NO GI for for self defense, or NO GI for Street Self Defense. You can also find those who train in jiu-Jitsu in all of these ways. They try to be well rounded and well prepared. Then you have to ask yourself the question: Should they train in all facets of jiu-jitsu training? To be complete? Are they wrong for doing one segment only? Or adding MMA because they like it, or adding judo because they like it? Or doing gi and no gi only. Some Jiujitsu schools only want to do sport, some some schools only GI and some only no GI- Are they wrong because they don't train like everyone should, all the same? Or should everyone all train the same? The answer is they should train in what system(s) they want to train in, in the manner/way they want to train in.
I am glad we all have choices, and we can all believe our way is the best way, but the problem occurs when we think our way is the only way- everyone must believe, and train just as we do.The reality and right answer is: Everyone should train like they wish. That's the right way for them.
PERSONALLY: I train in many different systems, and I have learned as a police officer, and as a Deputy US Marshal (combined total law enforcement years): 30 years total. I study and research what works for me, and what doesn't work for me. I have taken a shotgun , two hand guns, and knives from folks who were trying to hurt me/ kill me- For me: I used defensive techniques (in each firearm, knife assault case against me) from different martial arts systems, and it worked. It is one thing to do weapon takeaways in a class using inert weapons (fake gun, fake knife, or a complying partner) and quite another when someone is trying to kill you with a functional loaded firearm, or real knife. There are methods that work in may martial arts, and methods that don't work in many martial arts systems.
For me, my techniques worked- They worked rolling around on bar room floors with drunk assailants, when I worked in a bar , and worked as a military cop in the US Marines and as a civilian cop, and as a fugitive man hunter- Deputy U.S. Marshal in: (Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Texas) arresting large violent mean folks who did not want to surrender, and who were usually armed. I acquired great life saving reality based self defense techniques which worked for me. I now pass this methodology and training onto my students.
BACK TO THE QUESTION: The best martial art? For me is what works best is a Utilitarian Synergistic Combative method, in order to be successful to combat violent and often armed attacks. This is the writers personal interest. And what's best for you may be quite different than what my martial arts interest are. Notice I said different, no not wrong. I am grateful that we have so many good folks in our own academy who can enjoy to train in the manner and way that they choose, and believe in the martial arts discipline(s) that they believe in, whether it is one art, two or more disciplines- it's right for them because they chose it, not because you or I choose it for them.
And remember, you as a human are much more important than any one system or multiple systems of combat.
Have fun, grow and learn, and don't believe that you have to be monk like to enjoy any martial art. Do what you like, and love, as a way of life, as a hobby, and respect others ways. Never be enslaved to anything. You don't have to agree with me, or others who train different than you do- just respect that they travel a different road, one they believe is the best for them-and you travel the one you believe is best for you. Choose wisely when you choose to start taking martial arts.
It's all good-
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October 15, 2012
Why I continue to train in many combative disciplines and combat sports from 5 years of age until my late 50's (So Far):
Drew: I put no limitation on what I learn, I see worthwhile techniques in most systems, I also see hindrances or empty space in some systems
“Using no way as a way, having no limitation as limitation.”
- Bruce Lee
Drew: Who knows who is the ultimate, the best? Best in what? Best in a codified rule oriented combat sport, best street at street fighting, best in using martial arts to lower blood pressure and help fight against stress, best in fighting someone in close quarters who has a gun or knife in their hand and ill intent in their heart and mind?
At different times in my life I liked this or that martial art for self defense, sport, or fitness, best for job (military and police) It was best for me- I did not participate because it was best for someone else, I participated because it was best at that time and place for me.
Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.
- Bruce Lee
Drew: Sometimes we get lost in all of the trappings such as uniforms, gloves, head gear, mats, cage or rings, Asian writing, or color blind to believing every black belt and black belt competitor is a great teacher and that any black belt and black belt champs from overseas: ie: Korea, Japan, Russia, Brazil, etc. are automatically the best instructors, mentors, and role models for us and our children. This is not always true. Any system that is taught can not be cookie cut / same size for all, or one size fit all- The individual needs to be more important than any one system- The individual needs to tweak techniques to fit their needs.
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
- Bruce Lee
Drew: I can find great functional and practical combat technique, conditioning and sport or self defense specific techniques, drills, etc in many different martial arts, combat sports, and reality based self defense combative systems. I can also find some stuff that doesn't transfer from sport to self defense and vice versa. I can find some great technique and training method that works for another person but not for me, and vice versa. I absorb, sort through, and throw out training that is not the best for me, and how I function. Whats left is the best techniques and training for me
“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
- Bruce Lee
“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
- Bruce Lee
Drew: I live my life, and train in combative sports and reality based self defense with no limitations . I absorb and use what's best for me and exclude techniques, training , drilling and conditioning which does not work for me. I train in different combat sports, and self defense systems - but use what works for me.
Posted October 15, 2012
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