Do not neglect the Martial aspects of Martial Arts

Recently on social media, I digressed that while there are tough guys and self-defense enthusiasts, who could not compete in combat sports, there are equally fighters, who may not fare well in a street setting. To be fair, training in any capacity certainly favors the skilled individual, but we must also look at what it means to be skillful?


If it is having encountered the same stimulus many times and drafted an ingrained an effective neuro response, then we can count seasoned street fighters, ex-cons and RBSD practitioners with ample work time into that equation. There is an old saying that was passed on to me many years ago that equates to, “Never turn a self-defense situation into a fight.”

You see, self defense is predicated on three variables:

  1. Surprise
  2. Environment
  3. Raw f**king violence i.e. who is willing to be meaner for the greater duration (resolve)

As a long time trainer of both amateur and professional athletes I have seen my fair share of guys (and girls) who do really well in the room, look technically sharp and are impressive to watch, yet, seem to fail when the situation becomes live and the reasons why are many. Some have performance based social anxieties, some are skilled, but begin to wilt and break down when things don’t go their way (a lack of heart), and some simply don’t put in the ring time to become proficient against others better than themselves.

The current situation with COVID 19 worldwide is a grim reminder that we as martial artists must always remember that, at the end of the day, the term “martial” implies warfare and is meant for the protection of self and loved ones.

When was the last time you trained in street clothes, developed and implemented a home defense plan, which we were taught for dire drills as kids, but few practice in our adult lives for home protection? Do you have a plan in place? A safe room? A safe word?

The popularity of firearms over the past few years has relegated many to blindly depend on guns without the knowledge of how to gain range, draw and fire under extreme duress. One cannot depend on having the false sanctity of a gun without knowing to use their hands first to set up a draw point.

As a lifetime practitioner of Filipino Martial arts, I have been comfortable with the utilization of blades my whole life, yet, I know that environmental factors or even regional factors (I live in Colorado where it’s cold and many wear thick jackets) may come into play. Wide swinging motions with blunt weapons become ineffective in narrow hallways, yet, most people keep the old baseball bat behind the door.

We as warriors, citizen soldiers, protectors and guardians of noble martial traditions must get better at cross training, remaining relevant and developing aptitudes beyond our comfort zone.

As the world shuts down, the cockroaches tend to come out (especially at night) and we have homes to defend.

Wishing you and yours much health, safety and best in skill my fellow warriors.


Share This

Add a comment


How to fix weak glutes – 4 exercises targeting glutes not legs (video)

About 3 months ago, I started a strength training routine specifically for my glutes. I wanted to see if it would help with the...

10-minute Stretch: Full Body Cool Down Routine at Home (video)

This 10 minute stretch routine can be done after training as a cool down. You can easily do it at home after a home...

Home workout: 20-minute Full Body with Dumbbells (video)

This 20-minute full body dumbbell workout covers upper body, lower body and core. If you don't have dumbbells, you can just hold two household...

UFC Vegas 12: Hall vs Silva weigh-in faceoff (video)

Following UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Silva weigh-in ceremony (results here), the fighters come face to face ahead of their respective MMA bouts. You...

Inoue vs Moloney weigh-in results – main event official, in co-main champion loses belt on scale, 1 fight canceled (video)

Three-division world champion Naoya Inoue defends his WBA, IBF and Ring Magazine bantamweight titles against Jason Moloney live on ESPN+ on Saturday, October 31...

Davis vs Santa Cruz weigh-in results – main event official, one fight canceled (video)

Three-time world champion Gervonta Davis and four-division champion Leo Santa Cruz square off on October 31 live on Showtime PPV from Alamodome...

Sign up for FIGHTMAG Weekly Newsletter

Top stories delivered to your inbox

Full Fight: Uriah Hall secures second-round stoppage win against Gegard Mousasi at UFC Saitama (video)

Uriah Hall goes up against former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the main event of UFC Vegas 12 this Saturday, October 31 (Sunday, November...

Oleksandr Usyk vs Dereck Chisora weigh-in results, 2 fights canceled (video)

Oleksandr Usyk Dereck Chisora square off in a twelve-round heavyweight main event battle on October 31 live on DAZN in the US and Sky...

Full Fight: Anderson Silva scores first-round knockout against Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 (video)

Former 185-pound champion Anderson Silva is scheduled for his final appearance inside the Octagon when he faces Uriah Hall in the headliner of UFC...

UFC Vegas 12: Hall vs Silva weigh-in faceoff (video)

Following UFC Fight Night: Hall vs Silva weigh-in ceremony (results here), the fighters come face to face ahead of their respective MMA bouts. You...

Best Shots: ONE Championship ‘Inside the Matrix’ in photos

Check out some of the best fight action photos from ONE Championship: Inside the Matrix, featuring the six-fight card with four titles contested on...