One trend that has grown in the “martial arts” (I use that word loosely in this sense) schools and organizations (like the American TaeKwonDo Association and various Brazilian Jujitsu organizations) is what I call isolationism sparring. The idea behind this type of sparring is that students only spar others within their fighting system (e.g., taekwondo vs. taekwondo) or like system (e.g., jujitsu vs. wrestling or other rolling system). But, as you’ll see in a moment, this type of sparring is extremely limited in its ability to prepare students for real combat. You see: Every fighting environment is its own culture. Think of it like this: If you go to France, the people there will speak French very well. If you cannot speak French you will be at an extreme disadvantage. The same can be said of Mexico and Spanish, Italy and the Italian language, and Chinese and the Chinese language.
Being able to communicate requires give and take; listening, understanding and clear communication. Fighting is no different. If you want to be truly able (i.e., being able to express your intention the moment you intent to express it) to win a fight, you must be able to relate to your opponent and express your intention clearly, efficiently and effectively. That doesn’t come in isolating yourself in a cul-de-sac of delusions. . . . . .
I had worked at learning and competing in wrestling and jujitsu for years – about ten years, actually – when I was confronted with my first real street fight. It really tested me. Before that fight I thought I’d done a good job of preparing myself. I was strong and fast, and I had learned a lot of different ways of taking people down, grappling, and stuff like that. Anyway, this guy came up to me and started trash-talking me. At first I laughed him off, but after I realized he wasn’t going to go away, I took him serious, and began to stand up to him – like I was ready to take him out. When I did, his friend jumped in and sucker-punched me. The long story short is they stood over me and kicked me until I quit fighting back; then, they kicked me and let me know – in no uncertain terms – that if I tried to do anything about it they’d come back and do worse. I believed them. . . . . After they left I did a lot of soul searching. Whatever I decided to do with my martial arts learning had to change; it had to become more effective.
This man’s experiences are why we say, “Never Again!™” If you’ve ever had a negative experience, similar to his or not, we help make sure you’re never again a victim of someone else’s stupid decisions. And if you’ve “Never!™” been a victim of such violence, don’t take that for granted. As this man learned: It can happen to you.
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