What a Load of Crap! Why Most Martial Arts and Self-Defense Programs Are Just Plain Wrong!

Why are most martial arts and self-defense programs wrong? Do you know? And, especially if you’re one of those who are serious about learning how to really be able to protect and defend yourself against a bigger, stronger assailant who wants to beat, break or kill you — you should!But, with all of the so-called experts, masters, and black belts out there…Why would I make such a statement?After all, aren’t I one of those “experts”? Aren’t I black belt, master-teacher, who runs his own dojo (martial arts school), and teaches men’s, children’s and women’s self-defense classes?Yes.But, it’s more than what I am, who I am, and what I teach that makes my statement all the more true!And, if you’re going to find someone like me, with the real answers to this very serious, life-threatening problem called self-defense — you should know what that is. So…Other than the fact that the title made you curious enough to take a look at what this article was about, who am I to utter such an offensive remark about most of what’s being taught in the world of martial arts and self-defense training? What could be so bad about most of the martial arts and self-defense programs available both on and off the internet that, if you choose the wrong one, you could be no better off than the guy or girl who doesn’t train?Remember when I said that the answer had to do with more than who and what I am – more than even what I teach? That’s the truth. Because… it does.Because it has to do with my experience – with where and what I’ve seen in the world. And, with the fact that I, and others like me with the same kind of background and experience……have what most people teaching the martial arts and self-defense classes Do not have. And that is real-world experience, using what we teach……against real bad guys……against angry people who lash out, and……against brutal attackers who don’t play fair or follow the rules you find in boxing matches, MMA bouts, or karate tournaments!I can say what I do about most martial arts self-defense training because I know from experience that most of what’s being taught…has no real world application.I know I ruffle a lot of feathers, saying that, but it is true.I know that 90% of those who started reading this – especially those who ARE taking some form of martial art or some type of self-defense training… have already clicked away from this article.But, the fact remains that…There are still some martial artists who would not survive a street fight. Why?Because they are not willing/or can’t do what it takes to survive.Some are so used to sparring or kata training in the dojo that they can’t tell the difference between it and a real fight.Can you? Because you’ll have to know some of the differences, and what programming yourself with some of these training “bad-habits” if you’re going to survive when Joe Criminal comes at you on the street.Here are a few to get you started:In sparring there are rules. You can’t kick your opponent in the groin or pull his hair. If it is being scored using a three-point scoring system, then there are more rules.In a sport system, there are no-strike zones, areas of his body you can’t touch, and don’t even consider using that chair, gun, or book that you might be able to reach for.In a sport system, you will “always” be matched with someone your size, age, experience level, and probably gender. Completely opposite a self-defense situation where you will almost never be dealing with what they call in the sport world, “a Fair Fight.”Want to know if your style or system is tuned into the real world of the 21st century? Ask yourself this one simple question:Are you learning how to survive, on the street, with no rules, no referee, and no limitations. Or, do you have to “do it the right way?” Are you learning to defend yourself with and against common street weapons (knives, guns, clubs, etc.), against multiple attackers, against someone 2 1/2 times your size – or how about someone who is hyped up on drugs or so enraged that they can’t feel pain, or that broken bone you just gave them?A real fight has two rules: you fight smarter, and you fight to win — or you end up beaten, broken, or in the morgue and on a police report under the heading of “victim”!No exceptions!

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Is Mixed Martial Arts For Kids – Is it a Good Choice For Your Child?

There’s a wide range of opinions about mixed martial arts. Some people think it is a great sport and an excellent way to stay fit as well as to develop self-discipline. While others view MMA as a totally barbaric event along the lines of the fights of the gladiators in ancient Rome.Regardless of your opinion of mixed martial arts the truth is that this sport has been increasing in popularity over the last several years. More and more parents are enrolling their kids in mixed martial arts training. Is it a good choice for children to be involved in MMA training and events? Here are some important factors to consider before making a decision about this sport for your children.There are certainly fitness benefits for anyone who is engaged in mixed martial arts training, whether they are an adult or a child. Cardiovascular fitness is improved through aerobics training such as jumping rope, sparring in the ring or jogging. Muscular fitness is improved through calisthenics such as pushups and pull-ups or weight training. No one would argue that the benefits of these types of training are bad for kids. However, some medical research suggests that children should not weight train until they are at least 12 years old.Before deciding to enroll your child in MMA training, you should first realize that this is a serious sport. Like all sports there is a degree of risk of injury, and children must be made aware of this. Your child needs to be old enough, mature enough and responsible enough to understand and avoid unnecessary risks. If your child is not able to understand these things, they you should certainly not enroll them in this type of training.Your kid needs to understand that MMA training is to be used in the ring and not on the playground, or on their brothers or sisters at home! If they don’t follow this rule it can lead to injuries for others and even possibly lawsuits for mom and dad!Also you need to consider whether or not your child is truly interested in mixed martial arts training. Kids can quickly lose interest in any activity if they aren’t having the fun that they thought it would be. Some kids need to feel successful by winning matches or tournaments, which may be an unrealistic goal for them especially when starting out.Parents need to think about how hard they want to push their child to practice when they are not having fun. MMA training is not free, so before signing up for a yearlong membership, see if there is a trial period available. Perhaps you can send your child for 3 months, then evaluate if this is a sport you want them to continue with or not. If they are not having fun, and they don’t want to go to training, then you are just throwing away your money.If you and your child are ready to begin then you need to head to the local gym or research online or in the phone book for martial arts training. Look for experienced trainers who are good at working with kids. It is one thing to train adults who are motivated to win in the ring, but it is another thing to train young kids whose main motivation is to have fun.Find a trainer who knows how to work with kids. This is money well spent. Ask for references from the trainer. Do a background check on the trainer. If you can sit in on a few training sessions you should. While there ask some of the other parents about their experiences with the trainer. Take all these things into consideration before you commit your child to spending hours and hours with this person for the next few years of their life.If you can find a good trainer, who excels in working with kids, and your child has expressed an interest in the sport, and you are not opposed to the sport, then mixed martial arts training is a good choice for your child. They will learn to be physically fit and mentally self-disciplined, which are both great habits to have for success in life. And what parent doesn’t want their child to be successful in life?

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