Lord_Morningstar wrote: Are you sure that you don’t do martial arts? Based on that I would certainly consider you to be a martial artist, and a quite proficient one at that.
I suppose that depends on one's defination of "martial arts." I personally tend to think of martial arts as the sport and stylized movement portion. And as you said, this does not have any practical combat uses in an actual given situation, but rather focuses more on form of movement. I would also characterize all of the choreographed "martial arts" in movies and such in this category as well. Now, Combat, in my defination, is a practical use, efficient and effective form of fighting. So, in my way of defining things, I do combat and not "martial arts."
I have never had any interest in the sport type of martial arts and can see very little usefull to my own applications. But, I will not discount that it does serve a purpose to many others and has very good traits such as its physical/exercise values, it helps to develope coordination and muscle skill, it developes strong dedication, determination, and patience. Which I would much rather have people devoting their time to sport styled marital arts than sitting exposing their lives to the corruption of the world and contributing to it.
I agree exactly with you Witchwench. Many people are decieved into believing that just because they can spar in a controled situation, they can successfully fight in an actual situation. What they fail to realize is in an actual real life combat/fight situation you are facing an opponent who has the intention to seriously injure/kill you, unlike sparring or competition where injury is not the ultimate goal. In a sparring or competition scenario the main goal is to use your mental and physical skills to best the skills of your opponent, in a fight the goal is (depending on the side you stand on) to either survive and limit injury to yourself, and/or injure and harm your opponent to such an extent that they can no longer fight against you, flee, or in an extreme, cease to live. In competition and sparring there are rules which the participants are required to follow and the motive is different, if one were to try and go into a fight situation with rules, you will give serious advantage to your opponent, who probably wont be following any rule but one, bring the most harm to you as possible. The other difference between a fight and a controled situation is that everything will happen faster, harder, and with more detriment. In a fight you will not have as much time to react to the situation, if you are struck it will be more damaging as there is no restraint, and in return your strikes will be the same, and above all else the situation is completly unpredictable. I have heard of many cases where 5th degree black belts in various martial arts have gotten the living hell beaten out of them by street thugs for these very reasons. And probably some of the other reason for this type of occurance is arrogance and over confidence. Some of these experienced and high ranking martial artists, who are very skilled and capable of fighting well, have gotten to the point where they think that they can beat anyone, so they let down their guard a bit, and learn the hard way, I suppose you could say.
Now, what I have developed and the combat that I teach does not revolve around a series of learned moves, but rather is essentially developed by the individual in order to maximize their own efficiency and strengths, and minimize their weaknesses. There are some learned skill movements, but they are completly adaptable for the individual. I do not focus on form, save what is the most effective and efficient form of movement that can be achieved, which vaires per individual. Also I developed my combat to act on different levels either defensivly or offensivly and based on the degree of harm one wishes to cause. It kind of follows some of the medieval combat principles (which I am sure there is something like it in the other martial arts as well) being that there are three main types of blows/strikes, those which kill, those which disable, and those which just injure (and I suppose you could throw in those which miss or do nothing ) and according to efficiency, if presented with an oppertunity to kill, you take it, or your enemy will, other wise go for disabling blows which will prevent your opponent from successfully fighting against you, and finally if you dont get either, you are left with blows which cause injury, which can affect the performance of your opponent and bring oppertunity for the other types of blows. What I did was take this and incorporate it into my combat, first on the level of the degree of action you wish to take. If you want to disable your opponent with out injury, disable your opponent with injury, and finally kill or seriously injure your opponent (as in hospitialization). Then this is also engrained into the actual fighting, what strikes to take in order to obtain the most efficient and effective result desired. I dont have all sorts of fancy aesthetically pleasing and cool looking kicks and flips and spins and what not, just what works. And it is like you stated Witchwench, if someone were to try and pull out a fancy kick, flip, or spin they make themselves venerable, and an opponent will instantly take advantage of such venerability. True combat is not about the fancy form or moves, but about effect and efficiency. You must have no hesitation in harming your opponent, blowing out joints, breaking bones, choking to unconsciousness, and all of the other weak points. Knife combat is even worse as far as that goes, since it all of the offensive actions envolve serious injury with lots of blood, bio mechanical cutting, aterial cutting, and things of that nature, which most people cant even comprehend what that would actually be like to do to another human.
Anyways, I have been at this for entirely to long and I think its best if I cut it off here, otherwise I could be going on all night.
~The Lord Tar Alderion~