In your opinion, what form/type of hand to hand combat training is the most applicable and easiest to come by for civilians? There is alot of competition based training out there that has no application in a street fight, so I'm looking for something that is simple and effective.
For the sake of narrowing the question, I am referring to training that you can find locally, and has a schedule that you attend weekly. I know there are a few trainers out there that do weekend classes, and teach some good stuff, but I'm looking for something that is a "continuing education" so to speak.
I know this might vary depending on where you live, so if you can't give a specific suggestion, what are some things that you would look for when deciding that a certain training program is worth attending?
As often as I get asked to recommend a handgun, I will get asked what I believe to be the most effective fighting style. Uh, I'm not sure that there is one. A sociopath with zero training in martial arts can probably tear the walls down on a Black Belt with no balls. Cunning, strategy, tactical deception and audacity will win the day over how well you can punch the air or break a board.
Professional fighters are extremely devoted. Most are born with athleticism and dedicate years to their craft. Even a professional fighter will default back to primal skills and lose style points in a street fight where there is no information about your opponent, no specific start time, no set venue and no rules!
Styles are numerous. Most fighters and fans of fighting are passionate about a certain style. For instance, jiu jitzu proponents will tell you that 95% of all street fights end on the ground, which is bullshit by the way, so ground fighting should be studied as your primary means of self defense.
I agree that jiu jitzu is an effective style of fighting especially while it teaches that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique—most notably by applying joint-locks and chokeholds to defeat the other person. However, approximately 100% of fights start on ones feet. If you intentionally take matters to the ground, you are relinquishing your number one defense mechanism as a human being which is mobility and mobility equals survivability.
Decades ago I dabbled in Taekwondo which is a Korean martial art and the national sport of South Korea. I then moved on to Muay Thai while working in Thailand. Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This vicious closed quarter style of fighting sold me when I got my ass handed to me by a 140 pound oriental guy.
Years later, I got my ass handed to me again but this time in a boxing ring. Just when I thought I was invincible, I got dropped by a left hook. Back to the basics I went.
Since this is an emotional topic, I will preface this next bit by stating that this is my opinion. I am just one guy who loves fighting with lots of opinions and here is one of them;
If you want true bang for the buck , join a boxing gym. Boxing skills will build a sound foundation on which all other styles of fighting can set.
Lateral movement, non-telegraphic motion, zone awareness, spontaneity, fear management are all skills one learns from boxing. You will learn quickly how to throw straight and accurate punches in bunches with devastating effect.
We are not all born with rhythm and athleticism and those are things that cannot be taught. You can however, learn to manage and compartmentalize anxiety. You can become aware of your safety or reactionary zone. You can also learn how to take a punch and how to throw an effective blow without broadcasting it. These can all be learned fairly quickly when being taught by an experienced boxing coach.
If you learn and practice through practical application, the most basic of boxing moves, you will know more than most of the thugs on the street. These moves work well from a non-aggressive stance. Being non-aggressive is of huge tactical importance. You can either escalate aggressive behavior or deescalate it depending on your demeanor. You want to change the tempo to act in your favor. You may even win the day through psychological operations and tactical deception.
There are plenty who will argue that I am dead wrong. Understandable! Fighting and styles is an emotional topic. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter. If we are attacked with surprise and violence of action, no amount of training can save us. We can mitigate the surprise by exercising a little situational awareness.
It is simple tactics. Action versus reaction. If you are aware, you are acting. If you are switched off and have no situational awareness, you are one step behind and will at some point in time, fall into a predator's web.
From your comments above and your experiences. What are your thoughts on the Modern Army Combatives Program?
I am not familiar with the progam's contents.
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