Sunday, October 11, 2009

Q and A

I was recently asked this in a forum:

Josh, what martial arts would you consider the most effective for street application, in your personal opinion?

I've met a lot of really good fighters that came from very different martial backgrounds. They all had a few things in common:

1. In a fight, they were mean as hell. Most of these guys were decent and cool to hang out with and train with. However, in a fight they were vicious. They had a kill or be killed attitude. Every fight was a fight for their lives. They had this attitude even in the ring, though they had enough control to keep it from getting out of hand. They held nothing back and gave it their all.

2. They had unwavering focus. Once they set their sights on a goal (or target) it was only a matter of time before they achieved their objective.

3. They devoted their lives to training. These guys would train everyday, multiple times a day. And these weren't easy workouts. These guys trained hard and were in excellent condition.

4. They only trained the simplest, most effective combat methods. Nothing fancy for these guys: basic striking methods, basic takedowns, basic ground-fighting, and a few submissions they could apply in a thousand different positions. Also, they all focused on developing these simple techniques to the highest levels possible. They had perfect breathing, body mechanics, and focus.

5. Almost all of them trained in multiple disciplines.

I know this wasn't the answer you probably wanted, but I think it is the best answer I can give you. I paid attention to the things I learned from these guys and those lessons have kept me from getting my ass kicked (or worse) on numerous occasions. A real fight isn't like sparring in a dojo or gym. It isn't like in the movies. A real fight is the most pure test of one's ability to survive. Keep that in mind during your training.

Train Hard,
Josh Skinner

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