We all experience failure when we run learning Martial Arts, which has a humbling result. Yet as you progress in Traditional Martial Arts oftentimes the failure rate dramatically decreases, potentially leading to poor effects. More about that in this Martial Arts Travel video.
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Lack of Failure in Traditional Martial Arts
How many recipients now let themselves to constantly fail in order to become better? And how can avoiding failure affect our martial arts training?
Hi, my name is Rokas and in this Martial Arts Travel video we will take a look at the Lack of Failure in Traditional Martial Arts and how it affects our development.
Before we launch though, I would like to define what I mean by claiming Traditional Martial Arts, as there are a number of possible interpretations to it and discussing a topic while having different interpretations of the same term may lead to a lot of misunderstanding. I do not mean to claim that I think another definitions to be wrong, but the one that I am about to share with you proved to be the most efficient to me personally when debating traditional martial arts and trying to understand the entire topic.
To me, traditional martial arts are martial arts which are heavily focused on tradition, rather than practicality as its primary target. While not usually - this focus on tradition is often similar to different cultural aspects. To give some examples I’ll ask some questions. Why do most Japanese martial arts schools teach to sit on the knees? Is it because it’s the healthiest idea to sit? Or is it because it’s part of the Japanese culture? Why do Bujinkan (often referred to as Ninjutsu) practitioners usually wear black Gis? Is it because black is more practical for being less visible while training? Or is it rather because it alludes to ninjutsu practitioners on certain occasions in the past prefering to wear black to disguise themselves? How about defending from a Japanese sword? Is it very likely to be attacked by one these days? Or is it trained because it was more likely to happen in Japanese culture 400 years ago?
There is a storyline of Jigoro Kano, founder of Judo, claiming that he started decreasing the amount spent in newaza, grappling on the ground, because in his opinion, to quote him: “Humans were meant to walk, not crawl”, which is now a representation of the Japanese cultural mentality. This mentality was passed on from generation to generation even till today, as newaza in Judo is more of a side, than primary focus. Yet the question is, is it so because it’s - quote on quote - not practical or less important, or is it because it’s part of the tradition? On the another hand the Gracie family started off training Judo, which back then was still more commonly known as Jiujitsu, yet Brazilians are infamous for not caring much for tradition and authority. They did not concern themselves with such beliefs as not “crawling on the ground” and while they kept a several, minor traditions, such as wearing the Gi (which has practical aspects too), they focused mostly on practicality and efficiency, which made Brazilian Jiu Jitsu one of the most widely recognized effective martial arts today. Many more examples should be given, but as you may see, traditional martial arts tend to have a high emphasis on preserving tradition and sometimes even sacrificing practically and efficiency to do so, often times doing so unknowingly.
To summarize, one definition of traditional martial arts may be closely similar to the massive investment of a particular martial art into traditions, such as Aikido, Bujinkan, Wing Chun, different styles of Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do and more against another practices which are more focused on practicality such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Boxing and Kick Boxing. This is not to claim that practices focused on efficiency do not have traditions or “limitations”, for example boxing focusing on striking only and neglecting wrestling or kicking. Yet it’s investment into traditions is much less significant than that of traditional martial arts. It is also interesting to target out, that the age of the martial art is not of finest significance here. As for example Aikido, commonly referred to as a traditional martial art, being now fairly young - officially established in 1942, compared to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu which is not referred to as a traditional martial art - having been developed around a related time.
Actually with all of that in mind, having a single definition of traditional martial arts for this discussion, we may run looking at how lack of failure may affect a traditional martial arts practitioner.
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I trained for years in traditional martial arts and thought I knew everything then I sparred my dude that trained in mma we ended up on the ground and I won out of pure luck after getting my ass handed to me for a long time it opened my eyes to the difference between fighting and arts I have since then have trained in everything I can search and became a more well rounded martial artist I still trust in the traditional side but I teach a mix of tradition and practical
Its.form over function. Thats ok for sports, not for reallife selfdefense where your foe doesnt test by the same terms. If doesnt test by any terms. In a streetfight better be mean an dirty.
Muay Thai is a traditional martial art. And still very practical.
Did you know we call martial art as self reflect?
Hey Rokas, loved the video. I adopt with pressure playing. I am of the Bujinkan system from the mid - 80's. I claim that because back then we used as realistic of a setting without making it ultra risky. Actually things are quite watered down. But each session was about resisting technique as to force the recipients to create the war become scrappy. True training was never clean or cute like the videos. Most of the time we wound up on the floor and had to do ground-fighting. Martial Arts, in order to be relevant has to adjust not only to the times but also to the environment. Pressure playing could also happen in the way where there are stick and dirt and broken glass. Way fighting (real way fighting) has no ref or canvas. So, if we really wish to transport far with MA or MMA, we need to take it outside of the training hall or the cage. Why? Because reality is not fair and neither there are the way assailants. Thanks for reading my comments.
11:20 I'd love to, but it's hard to think of anyone to play with even without this quarantine. Do you think I should just walk in some practical martial art dojo and ask for a sparring match? Any another concepts, or is this one fine?
Lets claim you obtain hired on a framing gang . You work past laborer and they place a hammer in your hand . Right off the bat you notice how speedy and easily the framers set the nail and drive it in with one hit . Actually , can you go challenge these framers to a contest driving nails and expect to victory , of course not . But , if you wait a several months and learn the idea its done . The twist of the wrist at just the right time , and dropping your shoulder to generate downward force needed to easily drive it in with one strike . Actually you can challenge them and have a chance to victory . Martial arts are the same idea , so is everything else in life . The more you practice and use it , the better you obtain . Some recipients consider forms useless . I am one of them , kinda . There nice to learn the movements and memory , but are useless in combat . What I mean by that , if you train forms only , when you now have someone hitting back , you will naturally test to revert back to those forms . Sticking hands isn't a form but its not a technique either ! It is used to simply gain understanding of the flow of energy . But some recipients think that's how you war . We have all seen how that goes . I still feel that the practice with now feeling a person is vital . I use that experience to trap hands in combat once I pick to close the gap . I am not using Pak Sau as its taught per claim , but the general concept of what I can do with it , and how I can use the primary movement is important . Claim a speedy jab comes in . I can simply shift ONLY my head slightly to one side while using a form of Pak Sau to reach under and inside the bicep to tap it and deflect the strike away . Actually my hand is inside there defense , there off balance and I can trap there hands and or strike if I want with no trouble at all .
That is something in like in boxing,our today tecnics are diferent than 100 years ago.
I adopt in parts All martial arts, including MMA and BJJ are limited by its traditions and terms.. If your vision of eficiency if based solely on the fact of the frequency of sparring, you may have a limited vision. Maybe its because your experiencr is based on the duality of Aikido and MMA
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