- Aug 3, 2015
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Sorry he had to experience that. I personally wouldn't train at a school like that. The questions I asked when I get into Martial Arts as an Adult were.For my father, traditional Japanese Jiu-Jitsu is the pinnacle of martial arts, so imagine his disappointment when he learnt that he wouldn't learn how to apply the techniques until he spent at least two years at the classes we attended.
1. Can I really use this stuff - They told me that what they train was practical
2. Do you spar - They not only told me that they did, but they also went into details about how they spart.
I was sold. Granted not everyone wants to learn how to fight using a fighting system, but for those who do, it's really important that applications are learned on day one with the basics. How to punch someone or kick someone really hard and what's required to do so.
You have some schools who want you to stay with them a long time because they see you as income. So they draw things out longer than what's needed. Learning how to fight takes No one get there in 3 years. I look at fight development like everything else. It takes times and it's not a fast road. It's no different than learning to play an instrument. So if you were to take classes playing the trumpet, how long would it take you to be good? My guess is more than 3 years. Fighting's like that too. But the most important thing is that people get practice time, applying what they learn. Without practicing by doing, there's just no hope.It prepares you for a lot of situations in a very short amount of time, whereas repetition-only TMAs expect you to stick to them for such a large amount of time,
I don't blame the schools as much as I do the paying customers. If you are going to run a martial arts school as a business, then you learn quickly that your biggest customer are the ones who really don't want to learn how to fight. Many just want a belt or some trophies. You'll make money by providing services to those, but focus too much on fighting and you'll barely break even.
I think the best thing that happened for TMA was to have an MMA guy embarass TMA practitioners in such a public way that a lot of school are now changing how they are teaching. If I had to guess. I would say there were more TMA schools that focused on application of techniques in 2019 then there were in 1995, which is right around when I got into Jow Ga Kung Fu.. Back then Muay Thai wasn't popular, MMA gyms were no where to be found, and the only thing that people cared about was the color of a belt.