When training in martial arts, sometimes we get tunnel vision and only think about what we just practiced in class or what is coming up in our next class. When we train in kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, there are many techniques to practice and master. While being focused on our training is important, it is also important to educate ourselves about other styles of martial arts. That doesn’t mean that we can train in every style, that would be a daunting task. The idea is to be able to have an intelligent conversation with someone that is from a different style of martial arts. Do you have to be a “master” in karate to understand basic concepts of power? Absolutely not. But educating ourselves on where a certain style of martial arts originated is very simple, especially using a quick internet search.
There are literally hundreds of styles of martial arts. What makes a certain style of martial arts different from the others is its philosophy. Without a philosophy and a code of ethics, we would be just learning to fight. As you probably have learned by seeing what our students are learning in classes, the more martial arts training that we receive, the more confidence we build and we also learn conflict resolution and conflict de-escalation. So, that results in most high level martial artist understanding how to avoid having to fight. Does that mean that a self-defense situation will not ever happen? In a perfect world, the answer would be yes. The reality is, is that there may come a time when we have to defend ourselves or a loved one. That is when all of the training time, mat time, testing in front of a panel of judges, and competition pay off.
So, once again, I challenge you to learn about another martial art (i.e. karate, pencak silat, taekwondo, hwa rang do, judo, iaido, kali, sambo, savate, kendo, kung fu, Jun Fan, Jeet kune do, krabi krabong, aikido. That should get you started!) and discuss what you learned with a fellow classmate.
There is a whole world of martial arts styles available for us to learn about. Have fun with it! Share with a friend!
Dedicated to your success,
Inferno Fitness & Mixed Martial Arts