Friday, December 14, 2007

The Mud and the Blood and the Beer

I posted this vid more for fun, but I do want to make a brief point related to it. Training against choreographed attacks as is customary in traditional martial arts, or training specifically for competitions is all well and good and both have many benefits, but you also have to understand that it can be very different in a real situation, in the mud and the blood and the beer, as my Sensei always said.

Sometimes a lack of training can be made up for with pure rage, which can be overwhelming when you don't expect it. There can also lots of other unexpected elements too, like items in your physical surroundings (chairs, bottles, cars, etc.) or maybe your attacker has friends. You have to keep yourself from tunnel-visioning your focus on your one attacker so you can stay aware of everything else around you.

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