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Originally posted by Quickfix
I would love to learn Aikido.
It uses the attacking force of your enemy against themselves.
I find it to be one of the most effective forms of martial arts around.
And the famous Steven Seagal used this art in most of his movies.
Mistake # 1 – MMA Is Seen As A Self Defense System Rather Than As A Sport – This difference between real life and death self defense and sports self defense is that sports self defense has RULES which is the same thing to say as some things are permitted and some things are not. In the street anything goes.
Mistake # 2 – After Training For MMA, One Is Prone To Want To Grapple More Than Do Whatever It Takes To Survive – In MMA, there is a great emphasis on grappling and going to the mat with an opponent mainly because in MMA grappling is what the audience wants to see. You should avoid rolling on the ground and grappling unnecessarily with anyone. One is that when you fall to the ground on concrete, it is not the same thing as falling on a mat in a cage match. Two is that if you put your emphasis on grappling, then you probability of success rests more on your size and strength than your skill and cunning.
Mistake # 3 – When You Learn And Get Use To Fighting With Rules And Restrictions You Have Made Yourself Vulnerable For Street Fighting – In the street, you can eye gouge. In MMA, you cannot. In the street, you can bite. In MMA, you cannot. In the street, you can break the fingers, one-by- one, of someone who is trying to strangle you. In MMA, you cannot.
Conclusion: Forget MMA For Real Life Street Survival Self Defense – The ideal system for real life street self defense is any system that throws out any “illegal” moves and brings back a little respectability to the science of “fighting dirty.”
Originally posted by RedParrotHead
This thread reminded me of an article I read the other day that emphasized my belief that hand-to-hand combat really should be a total last resort. Even a black belt can be beaten by someone without any formal training. Very few of us have been in a situation where we've had to truly fight for our lives without fear of being sued, loosing our freedom and a few teeth, or of killing our opponent(s) ... but it is better to have H2H training I suppose. I'd just assume avoid weaponless combat altogether!
6 Painful Things Nobody Tells You About Fighting
#6. Your Fists Are Fragile Flowers
#5. Punching a Guy in the Head (or Face) Is a Terrible Idea
#4. Kicks Are Useless
#3. Your Opponent Knows What's Coming
#2. It Takes a Very Specific Type of Person to Win Fights ...
#1. ... and You'd Be an Asshole to Want to Be One