5 Biggest Martial Arts Myths • Martial Arts Journey


We live in a modern world where modern combat
practices are on high attention. Such practices as MMA and brazilian Jiu Jitsu
are becoming more and more popular yet there are still plenty of martial arts schools who
are not up to modern standards. While often times they are beautiful practices
and great for self development, they oftentimes promise something that they do not deliver. While the world is evolving, not all martial
arts schools yet evolved with it and thus we have a number of myths who are believed
by many to be true still since the 70’s and classic martial arts movies. To bring more clarity to the martial arts
world in this Martial Arts Journey video we will look at 5 common myths which are still
believed, and misunderstood by many martial arts fans and practitioners. Nr.5 Training Kata’s will make you a good
fighter There is a commonly believed myth still from
the days of karate kid and other martial arts movies, that training kata’s will prepare
you well for a real fight. Yet as traditional martial arts were exposed
to more combat oriented practices, it became clear that unless you spar and train with
a live resisting opponent, all your solo training of complicated and beautiful looking movements
will be beneficial for others reasons, but will not prepare you for a real fight. We become good at what we train. By training kata’s we will become good at
performing them, but if a person wants to be effective in a consensual fight – there
is no other way to learn it than to expose yourself to it, even if on coordinated circumstances. Nr.4 If you are skillful enough your physical
shape does not matter One of the earliest warning signs of a McDojo
is an overweight, out of shape grandmaster often times of his own style or school. This lack of physical shape often times come
from their belief that their techniques are so effective that they do need to rely on
physical strength or conditioning. Yet when martial arts were exposed to the
modern world it quickly became obvious that if you posses no physical strength or cardio
most techniques will not be effective, and the martial artist who is out of shape will
soon be in trouble. Nr.3 If you train diligently for many years
in your martial art you will become invincible Movies are probably to be blamed here. Yet there are still people who train in a
closed environment with cooperative partners and have the belief that their skills have
reached, or will reach a level, were untrained, or even trained opponents will be of no match
to them. This lack of pressure testing and exposure
to reality of violence and fighting, presents no real challenge to the skills of the practitioner
stopping him from realizing that even an untrained attacker has power behind his weight and punches
and that a real fight looks far away from that of a coordinated movie fight or kata
with a partner. In the midst of chaos of a real fight an experienced
fighter knows that anything can happen, at any moment and that there are no guarantees
for safety. Nr.2 Some martial arts techniques are deadly
(aka. too deadly for the ring) Whether these often times “secret” techniques
are told to be deadly for self defense or whether they are “too deadly for MMA”
a number of traditional martial arts schools still believe that their school poses knowledge
of deadly techniques. Whether it’s a hit with the fist to the
chest or some secret deadly pressure point – these schools often times have an excuse
of not being able to prove that it works, because a real demonstration “would kill
a person”. Unfortunately to them if hitting pressure
points would really be as effective as in movies they would already be used in MMA or
applied by well respected self defense systems. But as UFC proved straight away the use of
even “not deadly secret techniques” of martial arts schools – went straight out of
the window when they were faced with a more experienced combat sports practitioner with
pressure tested skills. As these “deadly masters” soon realized
their secret techniques had no real application, behind that of their fantasy. Nr.1 No touch techniques work We all want to believe somewhere inside that
magic is possible. This makes life more exciting and gives the
belief that we can be more special than we think. Yet as it was proven more than once, as soon
as a no touch master is faced with a person who has no belief in it – all the no touch
magic goes out of the window. Of course, the master always have an excuse
such as: “he had his tongue on the top of the mouth which blocked my technique”, but
while this explanation does not make the no touch technique more rea, even if it did what’s
the use of it if it doesn’t work as soon as you raise your tongue? — While there are many more myths in martial
arts that people still believe these are the top 5 myths that I’ve gathered through my
investigation and questioning of martial arts. What myths would you add to the list? Let me know in the comments. Also if you liked the video don’t forget
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58 thoughts on “5 Biggest Martial Arts Myths • Martial Arts Journey

  1. If i punch/chop you in your throught as hard as i can, having trained that particular strike and i land it across your trachea or carotid artery, or kick you across the back of your head where the spinal column connects to the cranium or even land a well placed fist or palm or even chop, those are not deadly techniques?

  2. Martial arts do not grant a person better fighting. What actually improves a person is the experience of fighting an actual fight that comes with martial arts training, like how animals improve their fighting instincts in the wild. If a person was untrained but experienced you'll bet they'll be better than any martial artist

    Also strength and individual characteristics play a huge part. A kid cannot perform a joint lock on an adult. To use an example, I'll just talk about my sister. She was completely untrained but was born with a ridiculous amount of strength for size and reaction speeds, not inly that she was smart as well and would know what to do. And despite looking pretty and slender she dwarfed almost everyone standing at nearly 2 meters tall and weighed 156lb. That's very heavy for a female and completely outweighs many males as well. Know what happened to a dude when he tried putting her in a lock (Whatever the fancy name for it is) and getting her on the ground in a friendly match? She simply wrenched him off with one hand and dropped him on the floor. She won, without any questions. Martial arts really doesn't make you invincible to untrained people at all

  3. Pressure points are real. Just put your index under your nose and press up for example. You could throw anyone using this technique. In MMA however, not everything is allowed or even possible due to gloves.

  4. Katas are for training, and you also need to be able to see beyond the Katas and also see deeper within the Katas, and also learn variations of them, like how they can be used today, as a martial artist, you should not only seen what is given to you but also what you can do with it, stay in a kata Will not evolve you.

  5. For points 4-1 i agree. But to say kata can not be used in real combat makes me cringe a little. This is something that really is worth discussing with you as i feel you have a wrong idea on what kata really is, or at least where kata comes from. Let’s start with agreeing that the solo (often competitive version) kata will not work “in the streets”. But at least when it comes to kata from karate (which i know), what you see in the solo performance is but a small fraction of what is to be found inside them when truely studying them. I would love to have you over in my dojo to go over these things, as i do like your critical mindset. I believe we can learn a lot from each other!

  6. Forms are how you learn the combinations and techniques etc for sparring.
    You cannot just learning forms/katas but they are an essential part of any training regime, just as boxers all shadow box on their own and know how shadow boxing is an important part of their training.
    So I would disagree that forms are not essential, they are an essential part of a training program, however they areu only 1 part of training.
    A form or kata is like an index or content in a book. You do not learn the information in the book by reading the content, but it gives you an overview so that you can have an idea of what you are going to read and remind you of the information you have learned.
    So even solo practice should not be to just go through a form. If practicing solo then do the form as a warm up then go through the form technique by technique so if each session you focus on and only practice 1 technique and develop that then you will improve and your form will improve as you will have a better understanding of the techniques. Then when you spar you should try combinations from the form, that is why the movements are put next to each other as they are suggested combos. But before that stage you must drill each technique so that you know all applications with a partner, have practiced and developed each technique individually as well as practicing the form, before you are able to spar and expect anything that comes out to be the style you are trying to learn and develop.
    The exception is aikido but that is by design.

  7. maby katas dont work but kyokushin its deadly i dont know what kind of karate it was that man who cant use a karate but if it was the right person on kyokushin the boxer or kick boxer can die

  8. Your description of katas is inaccurate. Unfortunately the purpose of kata is misunderstood even by many traditional martial artists. Katas first role is as a means to remember lessons taught by the master. Sometimes the movements were obvious techniques. Sometimes they were more conceptual in nature. They were never intended to be a self-sufficient training device. However, training kata allowed the practitioner to remember lessons and a means to practice them when they were unable to practice with a partner. They are not a substitute for partner training.

  9. I have been training in traditional martial arts for 11 years and i have yet to encounter any of these myths. My teachers all have either been in the military or they have done competitions. I get that there are alot of fake teachers out there but learning from a real master i guarantee you these traditional arts work just as well as mma

  10. First thing i learned before learning my first kata was to know the actual intention(strike/hold/throw/kick/trip/sweep) behind the move that i do in the kata. Otherwise it would be a solo dance performance!

  11. This guy touches on many things that are true but then misses the entire point. I am not a kata person but I do see a point in them. You have the same problem as you do with martial arts in general. People don't understand them. People don't study the movement and what's happening between the transitions. Here possible techniques are being shown based on movement. It's about using movement and counter attacking at the same time. As he said real attacks can't be truly predicted. Yes there are deadly techniques. These are derived from military techniques that were to kill and maim not sport. This guy says he still teaches Aikido yet denies it as a self defense system. He is part of what has caused the problems as well as other instructors that don't understand their arts. I suggest first seeking the true foundations of what ever system you study and the under lying principles.

  12. I started my MA journey in TKD in high school, then picked up BJJ, and Muay-Thai in college and competed in MMA for 8 years. Now that I've retired from fighting (age 34), and train and compete only in BJJ, I've gone back to my TKD roots and started training my forms again. While I think the literal translation of a kata's techniques (bunkai) is too abstract, and impractical, and additionally understand that katas were traditionally used for conditioning before modern fitness, building solid stances, and transitional footwork, and proficiency of movement and body mechanics (like a river stone), I've come to learn a more subtle value to them. While in practical and applicable training (boxing, muay-thai, BJJ wrestling, etc.), there are is never an absolute model technique, and I am constantly just adapting to apply moves(applying concepts) in a perpetually open ended way, where as while performing katas, I can enter a state of mind of absolutes that I can in almost no other way in my training, or my every day life. When I bow into the mat, and before a kata, I am bowing out of the real world and into the world of the kata, when I perform Gwang-gae for example, there is an absolute and definitive goal in the perfection of performing it. When I complete the form, I have mentally achieved a state of absolution. I have moved one step closer to trying to have an "indomitable spirit" or a "spirit of steel" where I have absolute concentration and confidence to win. Thanks for posting and sharing your journey.

  13. No , number 2 is true you idiot , is you practice a wrist lock in a live setting you will break there wrist ,if you hit pressure points on the arm it would be way to sore to practice in the club.if you look at my channel you will see that I enter championship a lot ,but I Oslo practice those other nasty moves that are not allowed in combat sports

  14. Karate will work if you know how to use it in a fight, I personally defeat some of MMA fighters with karate. Also if you don't train constantly of course you won't win. If you train MMA for 5 years, and you want to fight someone who know karate for year of course you will win

  15. you are so full of shit.

    kata is nothing more than a library of techniques in a styalized format to allow you to self train.

    it also has bunkai(for japanese based systems) that is very loosley based on kata form.

    kata is only one small part of the picture.

    you need the whole pucture to get better

    your hatred of aikido is leading you down the wrong path.

  16. Kata isn't meant to teach you how to fight, it's a way to teach the moves without having to write every single thing down.

  17. Which actually makes me wonder – are knife fighting schools are really any effective when it comes to real life situations? Because while training with replicas and apply pressure testing, they are not follow the same "mechanics" as real life engagement. Have you researched that particular area?
    I'd love to hear some tips about knife fighting technics in a way you talk about traditional martial arts.

  18. The biggest myth of all is that martial artists always think untrained people are great big lumbering idiots who will clench their fists and take their time to slowly swing in a large arc at you and can only get off one punch before getting owned in return. Come on dudes, punching straight, hard and fast doesn't need any drilling at all, stop thinking people have zero combat capacity just because they aren't a martial artist

  19. How about the fact that movies and some teachers of martial arts say that once you master any form you could take on a hoard of other fighters with ease. As someone who practices martial arts I first thought I’d be able to take on many foes but after being in many many many fights I’ve learned how much numbers and sizes and weight matters. fighting more than say three guys is very certainly to end with your ass getting handed to you. I’m not saying it’s impossible to win as in only a couple situations I actually made it through with only a few bruises but it’s just insanely hard and requires a near infinite amount of luck.

  20. Keep in mind kata is only one component of training. If all you do is kata your training is incomplete. Kata is the encyclopedia or the internet where you obtain information about your system. Then you take that information and apply it. Fact is if you never studied kata the right way it will seem antiquated or odd.

  21. • Katas (Forms) DO WORK (if/when you know some effective uses of such movements)…
    • "Out Of Shape" People CAN kick butt! Don't be fooled…
    • There Are Some DEADLY Techniques In Martial Arts (& it's no secret); & the UFC has always had rules against using such (don't believe otherwise)…
    # AGREE: Nobody Is Invincible
    (I think I took issue with your #1 "myth," but I don't recall what #1 is… & I don't want to watch this BS video again)

  22. Martial artist lacking of the pattern practice do not cultivate the patients, imagination, and creativity it takes to progress in the martial arts. Forms help the practitioner to keep his/her skills sharp and ready for use. However, there must be a balance between practice and application. Also, the no touch knock out is bullshit.

  23. Kata is like shadow boxing but more complex because Karate has many more techniques and they also train you for multiple attackers. That being said you also need hands on training, bag work and free style sparring just like you you need bag work and sparring for boxing and kickboxing. Kata alone is not sufficient anymore than shadow boxing is complete.

  24. Karate includes chops to the neck and throat targeting the wind pipe, carotid arteries and nerves that I don't believe is allowed in mma. Also palm strikes under the chin or nose.

  25. kata is not used in a pre arranged format ….this is what people thought….kata is, meant to or and can be interpreted in many difference ways…..there is not just one way with katas….i have used kata in real fights and winning…….but the techniques used in karate needs to be interpreted like a language….who would go and use complicated techniques in a real fight?…..your video is a click bait very shameful

  26. Training Katas is good for your form and to keep your fundamentals solid, which in turn makes you a better fighter. You’re 💯% wrong. It’s similar to a football player running basic drills, they are there to keep you sharp. But if Katas are all you work on, and do not practice sparring or other important aspects of training, then you won’t be a complete fighter. But it is wrong to say they don’t make you better, more accurately you could say, practicing them alone will not make you a complete fighter.

  27. 5 pounds to crush the trachea or 5-10 pounds to break an elbow are common myths. I’ve seen people claim a hammerfist to the crown of the skull could be lethal. That’s a joke. Also, one I’ve experienced myself, “muscle memory” will take over even if you’ve never trained with resistance before.

  28. 4:22 "#2 Some martial arts techniques are …. too deadly for the ring."
    This is true – that's why these techniques are banned in the ring. Striking the back of the head, groin shots, fishhooking, eye gouges, Pile drives, Stomps to the head of a grounded opponent – all too deadly for the ring and thus banned.

  29. this guy is like a dumb guy who figures out something that is common sense and by stating what ever it is, he thinks he is exposing something…Wait until he figures out there is no Easter Bunny

  30. Hmm..number 4 is the first MMA match up of sumo versus karate, the sumo guys was big, but not necessarily out of shape, the point is taken, but the video chosen may not be appropriate, he got kicked in the face because he needed to use one hand to get up and was not combat effective at that moment

  31. With Kata you have to take out the wide moment on order for it to work. If your art is circular, make the Circle more direct. That way eliminate unnecessary time. In a real fight stuff cames really fast.. it's ok the adjust you system to fit the situation of a fight. If I gave you 1000 technique.. I then asked you to so me all the move and the nuances to each, you cant do them all. The Kata puts those movements in a sequence to make it easy to remember them. Each movement means something. Once you pick the one you like. Patrice to move until you are comfortable. Then us a partner to throw punches at you. You well make mistake and get hit. Adjust it and keep moving. Once you fixed the issue, test it with unwilling people with real hard hitting people. Now, that how you train it. Well one way lol.

  32. I wonder if katas had their roots in drills like marching drills taught to basic recruits today. The purpose of drill is to teach recruits to follow orders and work within a team. Katas in the past might have had the purpose of getting warriors, who would have fought in formations to start with, to learn to obey the orders of their commanders while in formation. It is just a guess of mine, but that is my explanation for their existence in modern martial arts.

  33. I k ow w deadly technique. I shoulder role to a quorkscrew hook to the opponents temple. That will kill some one, but should it be used?

  34. #5: Kata are not meant to make you a good fighter. They are forms that use the basic techniques in a way that promotes an understanding of the techniques you learn. These forms also reveal to the practitioner examples of self-defense techniques. In Shotokan (cant speak for other styles since I don't know them), there are three pillars of training. Kihon, kata, and kumite. In that exact same order you learn techniques, learn their applications (through Bunkai as well), and apply those applications in sparring.
    #4: Your size, shape, and gender mean nothing in traditional practices of martial arts. Martial arts is a physical art and therefore, when practiced properly gives you needed exercise. If you have a fat guy teaching a martial art period, LEAVE THAT DOJO. I have personally NEVER seen a fat guy teaching martial arts (out of a decade of practice). A technique is only as effective as you train. I've been floored by a master several times using nothing but speed in their techniques but I have never been floored by a person bigger than me using nothing but power. Knocked the wind out of me for a few seconds though.
    #3: THANK YOU. This one is actually true. While many years of training make you more skilled, "invincibility" is a poorly placed mindset.
    #2: Im not actually sure how many martial arts use pressure points to be honest.
    #1: XD the dumbest myth I have ever heard. The closest thing you could get to that is being "intimidating" without showing aggression. But as you probably thought already, it not a "technique".

    Been practicing Shotokan for close to a decade now and I'd have to say that the world is STILL not seeing the true aim of traditional martial arts.
    I'll close with a couple quotes:

    "The aim of karate-do lies not in victory or defeat – but in the perfection of the character of its participants" -Gichin Funakoshi"
    Seek perfection of character
    Be Faithful
    Endeavor
    Respect others
    Refrain from violent behavior
    "The Dojo-kun, Shotokan Karate"

  35. You sound like a dumbass. Kata in karate isn't just a collection of beautiful shadow moves. This is a collection of real life circumstances-based moves which can be used effectively against any opponent.
    Seems you are too obsessed with MMA..

  36. in my opinion, katas are not to be taken literally, they're a tool to make your body capable of doing stuff, they are purposedly stylized and "unrealistic" so as to make sure you understand there is no magic formula to win a fight.

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