posted on Feb, 1 2012 @ 11:29 AM
Being in the law enforcement realm for most of my life, grandpa, dad then me...I would have to say that cross training in everything you can, is the
I earned my second dan in taekwondo at 17. Found out how NON effective it was for real combat situations while working security and loss prevention.
Since then, any person I meet that trains a different style, I work out with them. Learn what I can. We used to watch old training footage of the
Gracie's Jiu Jitsu, before they entered the UFC's. We practiced on each other, etc. We took boxing, learned some Judo, Aikido, Hapkido and Krav
Maga through law enforcement training. Just everything we could. What is the correct combination? I don't know.
I've put my kids in Karate with a friend of mine, as I believe you should start with a structured, traditional style. Build up a respect for martial
arts in general. Rather than watching ufc's and trying that $hit out at a bar.
Does this make someone invincible? No,not even close. I've been beat down on some occasions, but never NOT had the ability to protect myself from
serious, serious harm against even multiple attackers.
I think cross training, with legitimate instructors and professionals is the best option. I will be 38 this year. My current profession is
significantly less physical, in terms of confrontation, but still work out with the different styles 2 - 3 times a week. I don't move as fast, but
still can go if needed. I think my body is better off, both physically and psychologically, because of the multiple training philosophies.