reply to post by 5ealchris
By getting into fights, what you are doing is 'functionalizing' your martial technique. You learn what works against a resisting opponent.
It's easier in arts like BJJ and wrestling where you are in contact with your opponent and can go essentially 90-100% full power without harming each
other (you just tap, instead). Getting the experience in real fights will work, but the chances are risky and the opportunities are infrequent.
That's why arts like bjj, wrestling, boxing, judo and MT are effective. You get nearly the same experience as a real fight but without the high
potential for injury (and arrest).
Boxing is also good, but due to the pugilistic nature, you can only go about 60-70%, and have to wear gear and pads and gloves. However, the transfer
factor is very high.
It's a good idea to include a type of stand up fighting along with the ability to do takedowns and trips, and finally to be able to finish the fight
by taking the opponent (not necessarily yourself) to the ground and applying a submission or joint destruction or a choke.
However as the Gracies and others have shown, a rudimentary standup ability will suffice if you have excellent ground grappling capability, honed
through doing a lot of rolling and maybe even competing.
IMO judo is one of the best to study, because it gives you good take down training, and it's very inexpensive and ubiquitous. They also practice
newaza (ground fighting), and now days, they are training it more like BJJ players.
I find it preferable to be able to defeat an opponent by de-escalation and by talking them out of fighting. In the end the goal is not really to win,
but to go home at night. Thus the ability to do a take-down and choke out is preferable because it does not have to damage the opponent if done
correctly. In fact just getting a good double leg takedown onto the grass will often take the fight right out of an aggressor.
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[edit on 18-6-2008 by Badge01]