Learn what you can from any system you can.
Taking up classes in a martial art is always a good thing, but the aim isn't to become a clone, you take from an art what works for you.
For me there are 3 types of fight...the first is the most common and it's over in under a minute. In these types of situation it's typically the
aggressor that wins as it's often random and there's no build-up or warning, it just happens. The only real defense is to be aware of your situation
and be able to read people.
Most of us have seen and learned enough to know when something or someone is off, it's not that we don't see it but often that we ignore those gut
instincts. Those types of situation require speed, reflexes and quick, powerful counters.
Next type of fight is the one that goes to the ground, if two folks go toe to toe this is likely - core body strength is what will win if you're on
the ground. Knowing where to dig your sharp bits is more useful than you realise...dig your chin between vertebrae, elbow into throat, all that stuff
Third type is the type where two people go ahead and it lasts forever, sometimes there are even rounds, and the crowds gather to regulate and referee
the fight. I had some of these, mostly with friends and my brother.
In terms of what I found most useful, most honesty - boxing. It's simple, direct and helps build that core strength.
You can release power quickly and efficiently if you have to, but you will build stamina to last the third type of fight...the long fights tend to go
kinda funny when people lose power. They get tired, but good boxers tend to last the pace, I don't kick much, if I do it's low.
Fists, elbows and head for most part. You can't go wrong with boxing, even though it's a one on one sport, the footwork alone is invaluable.
But in the end I was always quite enamoured by chinese martial arts, the various schools and styles of what we westerners call kung fu. It's
mesmerising, and can be effective. I'd rather watch...pretty.
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