How Fake Martial Arts Are Created • Martial Arts Journey

When you take a look at some martial arts
– while their choreography may look amazing, for a person who has done functional combat
sports, or someone who understands the reality of self defense – sometimes the question of
what do these practitioners expect from their elaborate movements, may come up. While it may take years to master these beautiful
looking techniques, an experienced fighter knows, that most of them are not applicable
in a real life fighting situation, yet often enough, masters of these complex martial arts
believe that they are actually capable of fighting, and they bathe in glory of their
organization and many students. While observing all of this we are often left
to ask – how do things in these martial arts get so twisted? And do these martial arts masters actually
believe the effectiveness of their abilities? Hi, my name is Rokas, and in this Martial
Arts Journey video we will take a look at how martial arts and combat sports get twisted. While I was a student of Aikido I always had
a doubt if it would work in a self defense situation. When I would express that doubt to my instructor,
he would become upset about me having a lack of faith, and he would tell that I simply
need to train more, and that Aikido takes years of practice until it becomes effective
as a form of self defense. This was also what I read online in the Aikido
community, when I was seeking answers about the same question. I became obsessed about training, doing extra
training all the time, and asking my training friends to strike harder, and did my techniques
as hard as I could. Yet we were still doing basically the same
static techniques, just with more energy, and I continued to believe that all I need,
is just more techniques, to know all possible defenses against all possible attacks, and
since I did not know all of them, my doubts were justified. Wanting to remove the doubt, I decided to
add a more fighting oriented art into my training regime, and thus I started practicing Wing
Chun Kung Fu. Yet while I was able to pick up the complex
movements quick enough, because of learning all the complex movements in my Aikido training,
and I trained very intensively – the doubt stayed. When asking my instructor about this doubt,
I was told pretty much the same as what my Aikido instructor told me – just train harder,
question less and one day you will get there. That when I will be attacked in the street,
if I have trained enough, I will be able to use it all. Yet while I was attacked more than once in
the street during that time, even after 3 years of dedicated training, my techniques
did not kick in, and I ended up just randomly punching the attackers to defend myself, and
then ran away. All these complex techniques that I learned
never showed up in a self defense situation. Years passed, and I devoted even more years
to training Aikido. I even became a full time live-in student
in an Aikido Dojo, with a high ranking instructor, where I spent three years doing intensive
training. While there I was told, that I should invest
into spontaneity, and not expect too much out of static techniques, still there was
no pressure testing and high resistance training. When addressing my doubts, I was just told
to believe that if one day I will be attacked, my training will naturally kick in. The doubt never went away still, but with
time I learned to push that doubt away, and eventually I made myself believe that I reached
that point of training, where now I know how to defend myself, and if the occasion happens
where I will need these skills, they will appear naturally. As years passed I was not confronted by a
situation where I would have to test that theory, and I ended up opening my full time
Aikido Dojo. While self defense was never the most important
part of my teaching, I believed that I knew enough about what self defense is, and that
I was capable of teaching it. After all, I was a second degree Aikido black
belt who spent years of intensive training in martial arts. I learned many excuses along the way, such
as: “Well, there is not a big chance you will get attacked anyway”, and the good
old: “Just train this way long enough, and these skills will kick in naturally when you
will need them.”. I learned to pass on the same justifications
that I used for myself – as knowledge, and when I was asked to, I even taught a women’s
self defense seminar based on these untested skills that I took over. Me being the head of a Dojo, a black belt
who has been training in martial arts for many years, my students rarely questioned
me, and I did not feel that I could question my instructor for the same reasons myself. After all, he trained for even more years
than I did, with some of the most famous martial arts instructors out there. If he says it’s effective self defense – it
has to be. Luckily enough, my mind was interested enough
in truth to eventually start questioning, and a few years later being exposed to brazilian
jiu jitsu helped as well to realize I was looking at the wrong places. Yet I know from experience how easy it would
had been for me to stay in this nutshell of believing that I know the answers. People believed me, and that should had made
me right, yes? Even if somebody disagreed with me and saw
through my plot holes, I could have easily given them one of the elaborate justifications
that I collected through many years of searching for them, in order to silence the doubts. Luckily enough, I didn’t… Yet I know how easy and comfortable it would
had been to do it. Now I am sharing with you this story to present
a personal experience and example of how easy it is to twist your understanding of martial
arts and self defense, even after devoting dedicated years into it. While watching a martial arts master presenting
a demonstration of complex techniques, or explaining his misguided understanding of
fighting or self defense to others, for a person who really understands what these realms
are about, sometimes it may be difficult to comprehend whether this master believes his
own tale, or if he does it for business purposes, to convince people to pay for his teaching. From my experience and observations of spending
a decade in the traditional martial arts world, almost being in that situation myself, I tend
to believe that most of these cases are based on an elaborate, from generation to generation
passed on justification system, where a master ends up believing it, because at the beginning
there is nothing else for him to choose from, than believing his own master and his tales,
given the authority, and after years of dedication to the practice, it would simply cause too
much discomfort for the now ‘master’ to admit to himself and others, that what he
invested so many years into, is not really what he thought is. As human beings we are creatures of comfort. We will sometimes end up going incredible
lengths to justify something, instead of facing the truth. While in the long run it would be more beneficial
to us to face the truth, it would cause great discomfort to us in the present moment, and
thus we avoid it with everything we’ve got. Now, not to say that this attitude applies
only to traditional martial arts. More and more often the question of whether
focusing entirely on the sports aspect of brazilian jiu jitsu is not hurting the self
defense aspect of it, is raised by some of it’s high ranking practitioners, including
such legendary figures as Rickson Gracie. Many MMA practitioners firmly believe that
practicing just it, entirely takes care of their self defense knowledge, forgetting to
address such questions as multiple attackers, weapons and prevention. And while personally I’ve experienced much
more clear headedness and honesty in the combat sports realm, it is not to say that it’s
entirely safe from at least a degree of delusion, that is often common in traditional martial
arts. When considering all this, it is important
to take a step back and to double check ourselves. To review our strong beliefs, and everything
we say to ourselves and to our students, and to check why we are so sure about what we
say to ourselves and others. It is so easy to adopt the thoughts of others
as truths, just because they were told to us by authority. It is so easy to believe an answer, just because
it is comfortable to us and it fits our current beliefs. But when we are talking about something as
sensitive as self defense, we carry a huge responsibility to both ourselves and others
in terms of safety, and sometimes even matters of life and death. If we do not critically consider all of our
beliefs and thoughts, we may end up doing someone a big, and even dangerous disfavor. And even if we put life and death matters
aside, having a lack of critical and honest thinking may dramatically limit our personal
growth and actual abilities. It is important to respect and admit that
some martial arts masters devoted years of sweat and training to develop the beautiful
looking, choreographed movements and skills that they possess. All the energy and dedication they’ve spent
to reach their level of achievements should not be taken lightly and disregarded, even
if it does not entirely fit with truth. It may still represent their discipline in
seeking their goals, even if in the wrong places. Yet that being said, we also have to understand
the importance of what effect we have upon our lives, and the lives of others, by not
questioning ourselves and our authorities, and even if the truth is uncomfortable, we
must come to face it sooner than later, until it faces us. So before I end, I leave you with a question. Do you relate and identify yourself in the
story that I’ve told? And did you come to the moment of questioning
– your own journey? Thank you for watching the video. I hope you’ve found some important points
to ponder in your martial arts journey as you watched it. If you want more videos like it, make sure
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100 thoughts on “How Fake Martial Arts Are Created • Martial Arts Journey

  1. While this video focuses on traditional martial arts, it is important to note that leaving a practice unquestioned may cause similar results even to combat sports such as MMA and BJJ. What do you think about the message of the video? Do you agree or disagree?

  2. When I think of art, I think of beautiful paintings, sculptures, poems, songs, dance & many other things that are pleasing to the eyes and ears. That’s what martial art is.

  3. Traditional martial arts teaches discipline, focus, and with old school conditioning methods, builds a strong, agile, and tough body. Practices like Iron Body with softness are highly effective in a combat situation as they build a foundation that helps the body take punishment with little, if any, injury and stay relaxed (as relaxed as possible) in a confrontation and helps the body react fluidly and with grace…

    With that said, without experience in actual confrontation or hard sparring (me and my friends used to go for submission or first blood) you will not develop effective combat. The only way to know if you are capable of real self-defense is real life experience. Competing in MMA is a great way to know if you can box or roll your way out of a fight. But when it comes to weapons… that's an entirely different story! Luckily channels like Funker Tactical and soldiers like Tim Kennedy give us a glimpse into the reality of life or death and methods we can use to, at least mentally, prepare for real life scenarios.

    Long story short, if you really want to learn self-defense get trained by a police officer or military combatant and learn gun, knife, and survival skills.

  4. I'm not a practitioner. Though I tried many sports… Judo, Karate, Boxing, Kickboxing…
    Researched a lot. And I admired your perseverance…
    Anyhow. We need to go back to the roots of the martial arts teaching. The roots are to acquire skills to increase the potential to survive a given situation.
    Nothing will prepare you to survive without taking damage if confronted by tough opponent. Not mentioning group of opponents or armed person.
    So… if you're unarmed … and can evade the confrontation…. Perhaps parkour would be the most precious skill you'll be needing…

  5. I've practiced kung-fu and karate when I was a kid. Now that I'm old and lazy I'd just kick a guy in the testicles because I know it'll shut him down without having to train in anything.

  6. You train until the movements are second nature, but you must also have the flexibility of mind to adapt on the fly. Your teachers may have understood this but didn't know how to explain it. But it is the trap many fall into where they aren't able to see more than one path.

  7. The best way to "win" a street fight is to not get into one. My experience has been that the vast majority of these fights occur when ego gets in the way of brains or when people put themselves in a bad situation.

  8. As a Chinese who is also a martial art history nerd, let me try to answer your question.
    Imagine 500 years ago, when there are many martial arts competing for disciples. The really good and practical one will survive and become traditional martial arts 500 years later.
    So how does people know about the validity of each martial art practice? Yes, you probably guessed it. Open competition fight for all to see. Yet, there is a catch. Before the fight, you need to sign a death life contract(生死狀). It's a lawfully bind agreements that absolve any resipnsibilty of the winning fighter from accidentally killing the defeated fighter.
    Yes, to know the validity of the martial arts practice for sure , a life and death fight is required.
    Believe me, Tai Chi was repeatedly questioned for its usefulness even by Chinese people throughout history. There were always been challengers to Ta Chi masters. And yes, the major Tai Chi masters did killed their opponents.
    I have to agree with you on one point. Martial practice is not really art. Its validity must be battlefield tested. And I am not sure, life and death fight is allowed in today's environment.

  9. MMA, esp Boxing wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu would be the best for a street fight. Next to not getting your self in those situations in the first place.

  10. The root of all those beautiful looking martial arts is weaponry. That is what makes them so circular and a lot of the techniques that look useless to you are for defending. Defense is that hardest thing to learn! With blades and impact weapons you have to fight defensively! You can't get cut or impacted or you will lose the fight! I had the pleasure of learning Silat and Escrima for 24 years. Escrima is the hot thing to learn now. I want to learn grappling! I have been learning Tai Chi and Bagua for 10 years. Tai Chi is highly complex. It made me ten times more technical and analytical. I don't recommend it unless you have a strong base in weaponry. It deals with application and escalation of force. You don't use force against force and always use minimum force. It is defensive in nature. You won't understand it without knowing quite a bit about weaponry! Peace and One Love. Hippy Mike artist

  11. I would say that martial ART and fighting is not really the same thing.  Watch any sport fighting match and you will likely see a hundred or more techniques completely fail before something actually works.  You said your training allowed you to hit back and then run away.  It may not have been artfull but it sounds like it worked.  The idea that success in self defense has to end up with you knocking somebody out or taking then down to the ground and submitting them may entail you participating in a protracted event that may end badly for you.  I say this as somebody who has spent years over 20 years training in American freestyle kickboxing, Wing Chun, Kali/JKD and BJJ.  I would also add that weaponry is almost a completely different thing than empty hand fighting so the video of the martial artists whipping the weapons around is hardly fake martial art as much of this stuff derives from centuries of warfare.

  12. What you should have done is bought some mma gloves for you and your friends then gone at it and learned how to apply your moves in actual combat situations.

  13. Like the massive difference between things like bjj and mma and traditional styles is literally semi contact sparring. If they incorporated this, end of class gloves on beat the fuck out of each other sparring, they would be ready for anything.

  14. Egos times thieves. That sums it up. If your looking for a school. Do this. Ask the teacher to fight you. If he can't beat you easily then he's no good or a coward. Even if you can fight a top student then do that. If someone in there can't beat your ass then you won't learn to fight.

  15. A street fight is very emotionally charged situation. Fear alone can be the deciding factor as to whether you win or lose a fight. Having a command on your emotions is key in a real situation.
    That's something they can't teach in a Dojo. He had doubt in himself & looked to his trainers for answers they didn't have.

    The Classical Arts that people train today are watered down versions of much older styles that came before them. In Ancient times men died during training as it had to be as realistic as possible to prepare them not just physically but emotionally for war.

    As Josephus wrote about the Roman Army.

    'Their drills are bloodless battles and their battles bloody drills'

    Karate do, Aikido, Judo are martial disciplines & not fighting arts in the purest sense of the word.
    Do means Way which is the self development of the students character through training. This is a more modern concept. Hence the name DOJO which means the place of Way.

    Aikido is to Aikijitsu as Judo is to Jujutsu, one is a discipline the other is Martial System. If people were trained for real situations their training would have to be way more realistic & have relevance to the arena in which they would be expected to fight in. You wouldn't send a soldier trained in the desert to fight in the Jungle.

    It's also worth noting that Aikido is related to Weapons not unarmed combat & is made up of exercises which teach the student to evade & disarm armed opponents. Basically Aikijujutsu stripped down & turned into a discipline.

    The techniques in most classic martial arts reflect a time long since past which has little or no relevance in the modern World.

    Much of the understanding of many of those techniques & the context in which they were developed has long since been lost to time. However techniques can be adapted to suit a given situation although success in a real fight is certainly not guaranteed if there is no emotional content.

  16. I practiced traditional jujitsu for almost decade. I became adept at ineffective techniques such as Kote Gaeshi and Irimi Nage. When I was 25, I reached a maturity. I learned to questions things and use common sense. For some reason, people tend to forget common sense when practicing Martial Arts, but that's when you need it most. I learned that with fighting, the simple techniques are usually the best. A simple cross punch is much better than a leopard palm strike. Basically, if a techniques seems fancy or complicated it k it's almost always Bullshit. Trust your common sense. Practice a martial art in which your opponent it's trying to beat you too. I practice BJJ, Judo, and wrestling. Boxing and Muy Thai are effective but cause brain damage so don't do them. Drilling against a complaint partner is probably the worst way to learn how to fight and defend yourself.

  17. I have found that a majority of martial artists are nothing more than dojo masters/experts who have never found themselves in a position to have to use their training. But, so many still insist that what they train in works, even though they have never used it or know anybody who has successfully used it on more than 1 lucky occasion. I have chosen careers that required my training to work, and have learned not only what will most likely work, but when certain popular arts will get you a mud hole stomped in you. The Dojo matt or a ring is not the best indicator of how any particular art will do in the street, just if they work on live opponents. They still leave out important things such as multiple opponents and or environmental factors and weapons. And all to often when these things are accounted for, the training for them is all together to damn unrealistic. What you train and what you train for is what you get. Still, Aikido is a beautiful art that does have benefits, if applied properly.

  18. 1. Master the basics of the basics of fighting. Learn how to take a punch, learn how to cope with it simply because that's how you have to cope with if your techniques don't work for one or many factors.
    2. Spar. For each technique you learn, spar with it. If that technique doesn't work for you, don't use it, if it does, work on it, perfect it, adapt it.
    3. For every complex technique you learn, be it a Kung Fu technique, an Aikido technique or anything else in the repertoire, break it down, mix it with simple efficient basics, learn to judge when to use it based on personal experience, on sparring or anything worth as a valid pressure test.
    4. Remember that while it is correct – in my opinion – to learn different techniques, the most complex techniques you'll learn will be applicable only after hours and hours of training and refining, adapting, while the basic ones are going to be the most spontaneous ones, so prioritize those over the complex ones for sparring. Only when something starts to become second nature you can begin to think on how to apply it in a reality based context.

  19. Again bible rules
    Love is the real solution
    There is no martial arts or any form of art that can make peace or make you feel safe in road

  20. I had an extremely similar experience. I great up in a traditional dojo and learned aikido and taekwondo. I trained hard, learned as much as my brain could hold. I got in many fights in elementary school and middle school. I noticed a trend in my fights over time. As soon as a real fight commenced, the natural habit would be to abandon them. They were unrealistic. No one will keep their hands down like a taekwondo stance teaches when punches fly. Holstering your band hand means you leave yourself open. Even in our sparring we would pretty much abandon form.

    So… Over time I began to question… Why don't we train the way we fight? What was the point of all of it? I noticed from being in too many fights to count that any complex movements weren't really applicable. My throws I learned in aikido wouldn't work because people RARELY ever commit 100 percent to an attack in a super predictable manner.

    I pulled off ONE throw ever. And the guy was walking up to me to punch me in the most predictable way ever. And what did the throw do? It stunned him, an then he grabbed one of my legs and I went right to the ground with him.

    I met a friend in highschool after moving to a new town that trained in bjj and muy Thai kickboxing. We talked about our martial arts journey and he invited me to train at his house with him. I spent a day rolling with him and sparring with him and reality kicked in. While I had a natural talent on the ground, his knowledge made it futile. Though I had been in a huge amount of fights standing up, he just seemed to read everything I was doing and always seemed to be a step ahead. Like I couldn't land anything.

    So that started my journey into reality. I trained bjj, muy Thai and eventually boxing.

    I wanted traditional martial arts to be real so bad when I was young. I believed that mma fighters werent REALLY doing martial arts. Just a cheap version. I was TOLD that by my Grand Master and everyone around me. But I now live in reality. And let's just say I haven't been in a street fight for a few years, but the last time it happened it was…. Much different. I relaxed and focused like never before. I was setting up nearly every strike, and was able to counter a majority of his strikes. Everything he did really was predictable. Left Right left Right left right over and over. He had a pattern that I picked up on within the first 15 seconds. And it didn't last much longer than 30 seconds.

  21. Best self defense is being aware of your surroundings, second is a gun the third is a knife hand-to-hand(military) combat training coming at 4th, traditional martial arts? I put MMA, boxing, wrestling, street fighting, Judo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, karate, Kempo so traditional martial arts comes in 13th 😆

  22. TKD gets a bad wrap, its obviously not a complete art (WTF atleast) but lets not act the most powerful kicking techniques dont come from it like the spinning hook/heel and double-round (low tap and high head kick).
    Just feel its seen as a joke at this point

  23. My question here is, ¿why self defense? If you want to defend yourself, buy a gun and learn how to use it properly. Maybe the concentration in self defense is about winning, and competing might quench that thirst. At least I have seen that in many people work, even at school while I was a teacher: competing is a good way to properly channel the need of defending yourself.

  24. Well, I had a very good Aikido sensei. And he always was telling us: ,,do not try to use dojo techniques in self defence. Real fight is completely different from dojo training. If someone will attack you – run, if you can. If you cannot run away, and an opponent has a knife, do not try to use knife techniques we train in dojo. Get a chair. A branch, a jacket, whatever to protect yourself from this sycopath, and run away as soon as possible. In dojo we train for self-development, for understanding the body, the inclination, for transcending our borders. For self falling down learning (I don't know how to say it in english, I mean eg. yoko-ukemi)."

    I am very grateful for these words. Of course, we do trained in a way ,,potencially useful in fight", or, as it is called ,,from move", but not to gain confidence in self-defence, rather to achieve good technique formula, develop skills, understand the body – and, if ACCIDENTALLY our skills would show up in dangerous situation, do not have bad habits. Well, I did use Akido a few times in self defence, but it was a primary school, so I don't treat this very seriously (well, and once in grapplig sparring, that one was actually pretty cool xD). But Aikido gave me what I expected from it: I understand better my body, I can work with it. I can do the ukemi (once that skill saved me from bicycle fall, maybe from breaking a shoulder). My muscle memory is aware of some of the principles we trained, and uses it in go-now fencing I train know.

    From the moment my sensei told me the thing above, I do not expect from martial arts to be efficient in the street or octagon. Im am aware they are not designed for it. They have developed in a specific context, as for example capoeira I train now. In capoeira the way of moving is crucial when looking at the creation and history of capoeira, but I would no use it in fight situation – nor I say it is completely useless. If I desire to be efficient in self defence, I'll go train krav maga or look for something designed for self defence, and well, I want to do this some day. But my love to martial arts is for crossing borders of body, for achieving awesome things. I believe it is important to difference martial arts from self-defence systems AND from combat sports – as each one of them is something very different and specific.

  25. Stumbled upon this vid so don't know if you have in another video; I was hoping you'd have actually gone into a combat sport (MMA) to see how Akido would fare since that's a more closer representation of a street fight (not saying it's the same), to see if that gave you any answers.

  26. My friend wing chun. I am a boxer and said to him that wing chun is not effective. I challenged him to fight, but do to philosophy of wing chun he refused. I then threw a very quick cross at him to test his skills. He automatically did the biu sao technique and accidentally knocked me out 😂😂 Remember this, BJJ is not the most effective martial art there is. No martial art is perfect. All martial arts are unique and amazing in their own ways. Everything depends on the mastery of an art an the practitioner himself who is yet to learn the beauty of the art in question. NEVER mess with skillful martial artists!!👋🏻

  27. i am a wing chun practitioner but we do tons of sparring and free fighting(mma gloves and mouthpiece with medium to full contact).my instructors also encourage questions alot and put emphasis on strength work ,footwork and seems pretty good so far.(we also do drills where we learn footwork ,techniques ,improve reaction time and technique)

  28. It is my belief, that the story lines of most martial arts are based in fiction. The transmission of knowledge fractioned due to many circumstances. I believe many masters as mentioned, may be just fooling themselves, and the opportunity to cash in takes over. This is not to say there isn't legitimate ideas and practises, but a lot of previous masters eluded to such things. It's like religion, where people spend a lifetime debating and studying often what isn't even historically provable.

  29. I personally think that martial arts just prepares the practitioner to become unpredictable when in combat. This is done by introducing elaborate techniques that would make one start to think more "out of the box" when performing self defense (which can increase via sparring) – and not to mention the endurance being built on those certain muscles used in combat.

  30. Do you know the youtube channel 'fight science'? It has some interesting concepts. I think he's martial arts are wing chun and bjj.

  31. Great videos as always! Can you do a video on Kyokushin karate? I feel it’s one of the only “traditional martial arts” that’s effective like boxing and Muay Thai as they actually hit hard, and they use aliveness as far as I can see, but I’d like your feedback on it. Their training includes sparring hard and with bare knuckles without gloves. There’s a good episode of fight quest on Kyokushin as well!

  32. I'd say martial arts are more for self control and improvement or sports, rather than practical use. Stuff like box, MMA etc is more useful on a street. Tho I practice my punches and some swat techniques from time to time (just to remind some people that I can punch back 8) ), in my 30's I did find that it's easy to just avoid the fight, and never like had a real fight situation since I finished the school.

  33. My [deeper] Points:
    – Traditional Martial Arts are Arts, not fighting systems. Or not only fighting systems.
    – Asian Martial Arts were developed in countries were leading philosophy was confucianism, which base on huge respect for authorities and skills. In those cultures people use to repeat what masters do, not question them. Another ezample is a development of katana sword, which construction in middle ages were fairy underdeveloped compared to European swords.
    – Those "choreographed" (which is a wrong word btw. because they started to be "choreographed" when TV came in) movements,public displays of breaking things, were actually efficient, because they could scare away the enemy before confrontation.
    – People in older times were usually smaller, poorly-fed -> weaker. And Asians are smaller in general. Force=mass*acceleration. That's why some asian Martial Arts are concentrated on the concentration, speed and hitting right spots. They was not invented for fighting a guys of modern MMA fighters physiology – brute force muscle men.
    – Many techniques are based on agressive state of mind of the attacker. They are also not supposed to fight a cold-minded MMA fighter, but they were effective in fighting against ordinary angry criminals.
    – Last, but the most important, why you shouldn't call any Martial Art FAKE is: you don't know how those martial arts looked 100 years ago. For ezample Wing Chun Kung Fu is now labeled as bullshit:
    But look at that old footage:
    It's Bruce Lee, who had been practicioning Wing Chun playing ping-pong with a nunchako! It's hard to believe! What a huge level of focus, precision and coordination is required to do somthing like that! Nunchako is a rounded cylinder, so everytime he hits the ball it must be hit perfectly with the middle! I doubt any of current "masters" could be able to do something like this. The old masters were so far ahead and nowadays those Martial Arts have just a shadow of their own potential.

  34. I agree. Good video. The key answer, is sparring! A lot of it. That will humble a practitioner and help him/her to learn.

  35. I myself am student of aikido (9 years now). I have never ever needed to question its effectiveness because I was told from the begginning that it is NOT effective self defense… I feel bad for you, 'cause you were led by your sensei's to believe that it's actually effective. Anyways, kudos to you for discovering this yourself.

  36. I have studied various martial arts. The only 2 that I have used in self-defense were Goju Karate and H.S. Wrestling. I feel it is most important to know how to apply techniques and adapt. In other words just survive.

  37. Given two guys both with no previous training, same weight, height, strength and agility. One will be trained for a month inwrestling and boxing, the other in traditional kungfu for the same period. I would bet bet on the boxing/wrestling guy.

  38. I really respect your journey towards the truth. Your videos are really a pleasure to watch. Thank you for making them. It’s been a hard pill to swallow for a lot of TMA’s. But for the initiated it’s truly beneficial to understand what needs to be thrown out and what can still work. I still believe one can have a base or beginning in TMA. Henderson (TKD) GSP & Machida (karate) Wonderboy (Kempo) Cung Le (Kung Fu).

    As Bruce preached, One must also be ready and willing to abandon what doesn’t work for what does.

    I agree with you, Even in sport, one must be ready to abandon the sport mentality. You’re not going to allow yourself to fall into guard on your back in the street against someone. While his friends stomp your head in.

    Every martial art has at least one or two moves that are still affective when executed properly, even Wing Chun, i.e. instep oblique kick. (Jon Jones) hand trap with elbow. (Ferguson). Punchline to all this: No one fight will ever be the same. Train live. Train often. Train to get use to being hit and thinking through it. Cool heads always prevail. Get your ground game going along with cardio and conditioning. Just be prepared for anything. No matter who you are, EVERYONE is susceptible to A lucky suckerpunch from Joe Smoe off the street.

  39. Many legitimate traditional martial arts styles are useful, but context applies. Video mentions aikido as an example. It would not be an ideal style for MMA bout, but would be useful if needing to put pressure on surly club customer or drunk relative who needs minor pressure to depart for cool down. Wing Chun would not be ideal for ground grappling, but could be used for stand-up fight in small confined space (i.e. elevator, stairwell, etc.). There are many "McDojos", but it is a matter of proper tactics for specific situation.

  40. Like I always say, every single martial art has value, one just needs to honestly find that value and not presume that every art is great at everything – a mistake most martial arts make. Plus everyone seems to forget that personal protection and self defense are different from, but on the same continuum with, fighting. Remembering to lock your doors is personal protection, a punch is fighting.
    If you want to discuss the psychology of people holding to beliefs, regardless of their veracity, that's a different discussion.

  41. Interesting that after 3 years of training your Aikido methods weren't used in street fighting (incredible even!).
    I studied Bagua Zhang (a Chinese system similar to Aikido) & found myself using it effectively in the streets (same with Ninpo Tai-Jitsu; I mention this art too since you use a "ninja" pic in your title page suggesting it's fake/useless art: it has saved my butt more than once).
    I knew a decent, large fighter who struck-out at a small, Cambodian Aikido instructor at full speed: the instructor easily avoided him. Same idea with Bagua Zhang: Avoid Force-on-Force; Gain Superior Angle, then use same to your advantage: the concepts are simple & effective. Is not Aikido the same concept-wise?
    Think About It, eh?

  42. It's true that some, perhaps even many, martial arts instructors give BS answers when questioned; & there are frauds teaching who knows what.
    Buyer/Student Beware.

  43. I've always questioned instructors & instructions, even decent instructors & instructions: it helps me to learn & to detect BS as well (& to discover my own BS).

  44. Extensive research in a system is definitely necessary before deciding on a traditional martial art. I decided to take Choy Li Fut and I'm enjoying it, but I only decided on it after doing what I can to understand the system.

  45. Just found your channel amigo. Very informative and intriguing. I am an, should say was, an instructor in TKD 3rd black belt. But my real job is as an EMT/Paramedic. My awakening came when I was called to a rape/assault.Yes it was one of my students. She looked up at me and said "Sensei nothing worked!". Since then I have been on a quest for self defense tips and tricks that work…. Keep up the damn fine work you're doing.

  46. All the martial arts are exhibition materials now..very few of them are practical in an actual confrontation. It all comes down to punches and kicks and conditioning. Look at the kung fu monk who takes part in mma fights. He doesnt do any Jackie Chan or Jet li moves. He is doing what hundreds of other fighters have done before him . Kick and punch. Personally i feel that many martial arts in the current world have made its practitioners rigid in the bodies and mind. Martial arts like Kalari (native fighing style from Indian State Kerala ) and Capoera are few of the styles that focuses on high flexibility of the body ,mind and soul. In the early days adults could not take up Kalari as a beginner because the body looses its god gifted flexibility. No other martial arts has such amazing values embedded in the core of its practises. But still all said and done even kalari doesnt apply well in a fight scenario.

  47. What you've highlighted here applies to a lot of things, people prefer comforting lies over inconvenient truths.

  48. Excellent video. Keep up the good work and spread the truth. A true martial art is one that is stress tested in real violent encounters like on the street or on the battlefield. And no, I'm not a naive "nice guy" I stand my ground and will use you as target practice if you mess with me.

  49. I dont know about you but back when I was 8 years old, I practiced taekwondo. Then without thinking about it, I didnt realize I was using taekwondo skills in a street fight. Its like my body just moves on its own. 😂 Now I practice muay thai. The key is to spar with someone.

  50. Perhaps an overlooked element in any training, is the context of said training. If people are honest with what they are teaching and why, everyone involved would likely benefit immensely. Thank you for the time and effort you have invested in spreading good information and insight!

  51. In a way, you did not switch to a real martial arts. You just transition from one you call a fake martial arts, to another one. And you're looking for a martial arts for the wrong reasons. To defend yourself in the street? Really? Seems like you're looking for a fight. Trying to justify you can fight. That in itself, disqualifies what real martial arts is. Think of the scenario in the streets. In real life. IT'S NEVER FAIR. Switching to BJJ and MMA will not get you there. Want to know real martial arts for self defense, go for the one that fits the times, learn to use modern weapons, firearms and melee weapons. Firearms for out of physical range, melee for in physical range. WEAPONS BASED MARTIAL ARTS. Why? It does not teach bad habits from the beginning. You want confidence? This will not give you any. It's not suppose to give confidence. It's suppose to give you a reality check. Situational awareness is the first lesson EVERY LESSON. Admit it, you did not switch to MMA because you are afraid of the streets and want to truly learn how to defend yourself. You did it like most people who joins it does….for ego.

  52. Real-life is full of unpredictability and nuance. Even if I become a judan (10th degree black belt) in Seibukan Jujutsu, fixing myself to a particular style will hurt me when reality hits; we all know when facts hit us, they hit really hard.

    I am willing to explore different martial arts and adopt a couple different styles that suit not only my individual needs, but, help me to be adaptable to any circumstance.

    Bruce Lee in an interview talked about the danger of being fixed on one particular style and how it keeps a martial artist from being like water.

    I am a Yonkyu in Seibukan Jujutsu and I do plan on becoming a Shodan, next year. The Kancho of Seibukan, Julio Toribio trains in different martial arts and he trains with Hatsumi Masaaki Soke in Nagoya.

  53. It is a shame some of those guys have incredible hand speed. Train them properly, put them in a boxing ring, and you've got absolute killers.

  54. Keeping an open mind is important. Even if you are only doing your art as a sport, the rules are there as guidance not doctrine. Ultimately the results determine how effective you are. If you want to see how your art fares in the street, then get into a street fight.

  55. Just remember a martial art is only fake if it is promising strong self defense but not pressure testing. If an art is not promising to teach you strong self defense then it can be as complicated and flowery or arty as it wants. It is only when an art advertises what it cannot deliver that it can be seen as fake. If you understand this at the outset there is nothing wrong with doing a "non martial" martial art. You can and will learn some great things from these arts – just not self defense. Cross training a self defense – pressure testing art at the same time can be a good mix.

    Oh and all no touch arts also fit the fake martial art paradigm.

  56. Hey Martial Arts Journey I did Sho shu for quit some time and I had my doubts can you make a video about if sho shu works or not?

  57. Martial Arts teaches some important life lessons. One of those lessons is to question everything. Question yourself and your own abilities, question the art you practice, question your opponents efficacy, question your master's legitimacy, question your students confidence in their teacher.
    Someone unwilling to accept questions is someone afraid of the answer.

  58. I'm really surprised that the narrator couldn't really defend himself properly in the street. After 3 years of practicing tae kwon do, I was attacked in the street twice. On one occasion I faught 1 person, on another occasion I faught against 2 people.
    The situation of 1 person made me appreciate I should improve my cardio. It was a confused chaotic fight.
    In the two person fight, I ran at one person delivering a straight punch, he ran off. With the 2nd person I had to stop hitting him, because my instinct warned me I would kill him. Importantly though in both occasions it was basic kicking and basic punching that saved me. Nothing fancy. My advantage was that I practiced free sparring in class in every lesson, so being hit didn't cloud my thinking. But I could hit back with good basic techniques.

  59. Everyone is talking about traditional martial arts being cults, religions and curses on the bad money-grabbing wannebe masters….what the fuck do You call BJJ. the gracie academy offers online course material for money….WTF. You can train with a video like Aerobics with Sydney Rome and Jane Fonda….or Tae Bo with Billy Blancs….bleueuuuueueu!!!

    The Gracies stole a name of an established traditional martial art to instantly accomplish more recommendation and fame. No no…they did'nt want to make money…Naaa!

    Now everyone says Jiu Jitsu…but ist's not JJ, it's sit on your bud and wait for a hug.
    JJ is a throughout self defence which teaches NOT to sit down when an attack is coming..
    I study "traditional" Jiu Jitsu and is is a valid self defense system.

    Whenever someone questions why a MA that emphesis on taking the fight to the ground is good for SD, the mind-washed fools come with arguments that have absolutely nothing to do with their original question. So to see in the responses to electricangel's post.

    Stop telling everyone that the gracie money machine ist any diefferent from the rest of the fake-mc-dojos all around.

    Not even the EWTO gives lessens online…come on…

    Yepp….but I am blinded!!

  60. Probably most of people talking bad about martian art never experience black belt judo throw or karaté kick to the head
    When you expérience that you can talk how much you want

  61. One simple rule would save MMA. The first person to touch the floor with anything other than hands and feet, loses

  62. Besides being a poster boy and movie actor. This is what made Bruce Lee both a icon and legend. He questioned and seeked the truth.
    His super human ability wasn’t born with him but he WORKED his ass off to be the bad ass.

  63. Step one join a sport art, step 2 compete, step three tell everyone you have proven your skill (in a ring not reality of course) step 4, dog on other martial Arts, step 5 open a chin of b.s. sport art Mcdojo or mcgym. Step six, collect the money for your untested b.s.

  64. It's weird, after many years of watching and enjoying martials arts, I have, thanks to this video and a few others, fully realized that these traditional forms, while they should be respected, are just not practical in a real world situation. Tasers and Conceal Carry are more effective. That's just the reality of the situation.

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