Hi everyone!!Been reading for a while, couldnt pass up on adding to this one
That last quote is absolute bollocks,that any martial artist could beat a thug street fighter...
As has been said before, humans are animals, its instinct that we fight, it comes naturally to us, you are deluding yourself if you think you can take up any tma/mma and take on these thugs...
Thugs are thugs, because they live like thugs day in day out, which is almost equivalent to sparring in a tough gym(area and gang dependant) day in day out. They know how to survive and they are willing to fight to survive so learning some commercialised form of tma(i.e. one with belts) will just give you a deluded form of confidence. No matter what you train it all depends on 3main things;
1. Your trainer/teacher if their no good you've lost before you've even been confronted
2. Your attitude to your training, if you dont have a respect for what your doing and the reason your doing it, then whats the point? Again your deluding yourself.
3. Conditioning and training hard, everytime I train, I train as if I'm in the ring with an opponent, there are days where I lose focus so I go home to regain it before retraining.
I live in a pretty rough city,it aint no bronx but its pretty rough, everytime I'm confronted I have to respect this guy might be a trained fighter with a sh*ty attitude so no lazy punches no fancy sh*t, if there are several opponents then its smash and run.
I appreciate these grading styles for what they are and what they are meant to muster, but I dont respect them,you give give a guy a black belt and you give him a deluded confidence that he can take on the world.
Dont train for self defence, train to attack and run, I train Muay Thai,Muay Boran,BJJ,and wrestling,MMA. I'm also a black belt in shotokan karate(utterly pointless other than it kept me suptle and fit).
I would never train within a grading system again.