Top 8 Modern Changes to Martial Arts Training and Study

The hardest thing for people to learn is
change change causes an innate sense of fear for things we trust we know and are
quite comfortable with the same goes for the martial arts mostly for the
traditional ones but there are things that need to be taught or changed in a
traditional and non traditional martial arts stay tuned we’ll talk about it welcome to Shihan’s Dojo I’m Shihan Marty
Husband and I’m here today to help you build your martial art skills or
knowledge or if you’re here for the first time tell you a little bit more
about it so if you’re here for the first time jab that subscribe button and punch
the bell so we can notify you when we have a new video coming out the question
for today is what aspects of the martial arts do you feel needs to be changed in
whatever you train or do leave a comment so we can have a conversation going here
there’s no doubt out there the traditional styles and many non-traditional styles
need to change a little bit of the way they think what I mean by that is really
understanding what changes need to be done since the past hundred years have
led to different ideas and philosophies that were not prevalent in the early
1900’s change is inevitable across the board for many things in life and includes
the way we study understand and evolve our self-defense or training
through the years I’ve often looked at the techniques that have come up with
that people were teaching me I have to tell myself this doesn’t look like it’s
going to work in real life and sometimes when I’d look at it chances are I really
wasn’t going to but that type of knowledge just doesn’t come except
through knowledge or experience this type of experience can either be shared
or learned I have mentioned in the previous videos about habitual acts of
physical violence that Patrick McCarthy brought up in his studies on how the old
martial artists used to build their styles or their way of fighting around
what was common types of self-defense practices one of the problems today is
that most styles need to open their mind just a little bit now as you can see if
you’ve trained in any traditional styles sometimes they can have a very closed
mind and once this closed mind is taken place there’s very little growth change
or evolution that can happen in a system instructors will often say this is a
proven technique and in its day all for that instructor it might have been a
proven technique but doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work for someone else
or and he used today in many cases it just
might not work on the street when you’re trying to defend yourself now this is
not to say that all traditional styles are bad or eclectic styles are bad but
each style or way of fighting has to evolve as mankind does throughout the
future that is to use the fighting skills that are quite prevalent during
that time period it’s not hard for anyone to study techniques or ideas on
YouTube or Vimeo or some website that they’re following all the time but there
are many things that the average person who hasn’t had any training has to take
in consideration so let’s look a few things from my experience in order to
better our own systems to realize what we could change to better our martial
arts this can help us to be better prepared for the streets and maybe learn
something from the old and new ways that need to be thought about for the first
few years of my training I started with stand-up styles
I started in kung-fu in 1973 for a little bit then into boxing in later on
to Korean karate these begin to teach me the basic motions that I needed and the
methods I could use to better understand the martial arts so the first thing I
have come to realize in all my experience is that you need a base style
a base style is a prerequisite in order for you to move and create something for
you to use in your own personal style and self-defense but base style itself
stands is the very foundation of where you’re going to start your own knowledge
and martial arts training it helps to give you that reference you’re going to
need to make sure that you have something stable that you can fall back
on the necessity of a basic style is like trying to get through elementary
school without it you’re not going to be able to understand further and advanced
features that you might find from other martial arts that you can apply which
would be like going to middle school high school and then on to college when
I was in the military I had trained a little in Tang Soo Do and then he
began to live with the man who was a Shotokan instructor taught me a lot and
it was a great experience one thing he did teach me that really stuck with me
is the knowledge of finding out what works in real life his knowledge in the
classical martial arts was impeccable however he always made sure that we
experimented with techniques to make sure their plausibility in a Royal
Street situation was useful he never failed to see the differences that could
comparatively be added to what he was teaching both traditionally and what
he’d learned from experience is where I learned to start
experimenting with the techniques and become a little more open-minded about
how martial arts really work being open-minded is something traditional
styles usually do not like very much they can’t afford to have that change
because they need people to do everything exactly the same way the
importance of this experimenting then became a lifelong endeavor whenever I
tested techniques that I used in the martial arts while studying Shotokan in
the 80s I began to study judo and hung gar kungfu as well as a myriad of other
little styles that i knew people were training in judo afforded me the
knowledge and ideas of how classical martial arts had dropped most of the
throws and takedowns that they’d had previous to world war ii a lot of these
were taken out simply because they created a sport and tried to remove some
of the dangerous items that they felt would hamper the sports they were
creating some of these throws were very dangerous even Aikido has its own banned
set of throws that you can no longer do though it hurt somebody if they didn’t
know how to land properly it really did help me understand what happened in the
modern styles of the martial arts this afforded me the opportunity to
figure out how to take someone down and either finish the opponent off or get
away now although in karate kata tends to be fluid however really most students
don’t begin to understand fluidity until late stages of their black belts so the
many years it takes to learn this fluidity can really hinder you when
you’re trying to understand how to use vital techniques while taking hung gar
kung fu it helped a lot to understand fluidity and motion and how to keep
going I really don’t know whether it was the animal aspects that of it or what
but it did make me understand better how to keep moving either for attacking
evading or just plain annoying somebody oh yeah when I was in basic training in
the military I met a man who had trained in jeet kune do– i found his
information fascinating and although we didn’t have much time in basic we were
lucky enough for the last two and a half years of my military career to be
stationed together he began to help me with the ideas that i had expanded upon
in creating my own fighting system he helped me with understanding the jeet
kune do– principles that he used in order to set up the way he fought and it
also introduced me to the Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee now of course all of us had
heard of Bruce Lee at that time i mean some of us went in because we heard of
the man and thought he was great others we
just like the martial arts but this man taught me a knowledge of angles and
movement that I hadn’t even seen in any of the styles that I had done before and
in doing so he showed me how to not use things haphazardly and make sure that
they were strong quick and fast he did at that point give me a slight
introduction to fighting on the ground and he was also aware that he had
limited knowledge onto how to do it and was hoping sometime in the future that
he could find someone who could help him to learn better ground fighting I wish I
had known if he’d ever found anybody I haven’t talked to him in years
but it was an important step because he started showing me an a part of the
martial arts I had never really looked into now I’m getting back to what he
showed me in the Tao of Jeet Kune Do it was almost like a theologian studying the
different aspects in these broken up sayings that Bruce Lee had that somebody
had tried to compile an into a cohesive type of book this book would changed
my mindset into the way I looked at things it taught me to go beyond what
others were trying to teach me and help me to understand how important it was to
build your knowledge and not just know how to do it but why to do certain
techniques this is something that I think almost all styles usually
traditional miss in the study of their martial arts in most cases they want
their students to read what literature they have and not really go out of the
bounds or depths of it I still find this situation where people are learning how
to do something and not the Why’s as prevalent today as I did 40 years ago
many times people have in their thoughts that this person teaching knows what
they’re talking about and that person might for themselves but the problem
with a lot of these martial arts is they don’t always take into account the idea
is that people have or the abilities that they have not everybody is the same
and can do the same thing so it’s important when growing as a martial
artist that you seek out knowledge of why you’re doing things by studying
great works of the past everything from Sun Tzu’s Art of War to Miyamoto
Musashi’s Book of Five Rings to Bruce Lee’s books to many great martial
artists out there but knowledge also gives you the ability to see what’s real
and what’s not there are a lot of myths out there that people will try to gain
from knowledge of the martial arts so they have to learn to disseminate what
is real and what it’s not it wasn’t until the late 80s that I began to train
in jujitsu myself understand the principles not only of
the takedowns which I had learned some basics with judo but even to a higher
extent the ground fighting that was necessary in jiu-jitsu
the complementary nature of jiu-jitsu with the stand-up styles and judo really
pushed the limits of the martial arts for me it helped me to realize that it
was not only about distances and standing up and fighting or just the
takedowns but that you can be taken down into the streets and how are you gonna
handle it when you’re down there I have mentioned this several time I think it’s
a fallacy when people say all fights go to the ground because in the fights that
I’ve been in most of the time that was the other person on the ground and I’ve
never got there I think the thing that people don’t understand are the
preconditions that exist in martial arts when you’re doing self-defense first and
foremost is there is really no one technique one kill there’s always a
precondition or a set up that will allow you to either get the punches in you
need or the takedowns or take the person to the ground as needed there has to be
some diversion or some blow or stun that has to allow the person to lose
concentration and what they are doing I do feel that one of the rules here is if
you don’t learn some ground fighting if you end up on the ground and somebody
who knows just a little bit of jiu-jitsu you’re in serious trouble
jiu-jitsu helps you to afford an understanding of situational defence and
attack on the ground now in reality jiu-jitsu was built for self-defense it
was not pleasant it was not nice the way was taught in the past is you take your
opponent apart so you can survive and that was taken out of most of the
traditional martial arts themselves though other people have taught me over
the years it wasn’t until I met Professor George Anderson in the late
80s and started studying under him in the early 90s that my world and
knowledge of the martial arts would grow again his ideas of police tactics and of
modern self-defense techniques was a pleasant thing to listen to he refused
to basically teach you anything in police tactics in self-defense if it
wasn’t going to work taihojitsu which is a part of the police
tactics in self-defense has been scrutinized by many different styles of
martial arts and if it was proven that a technique didn’t work it was not put in
the taiho jitsu program in this title jutsu program they worked out realistic
self-defense in pressure point tactics as well as the
speed cuffing knife defense classes and handgun retention he made sure that I
objectively understand if I train something and it doesn’t work for real
why use it or even train it the habitual acts of physical violence or have V is
not the same as it was a hundred years ago but one has to now break down all
the situational possibilities that can be prevalent in our day and age this
allows us to build up our ideals better for street fighting or weapons
self-defense now here’s a little summary of the things we talked about here that
I feel might need to be changed in the martial arts first make sure you have a
base style second learn to experiment with all your techniques to make sure
they are really useful third learn how to take somebody to the ground when
necessary make sure your techniques are always fluid and in transition and
movement understanding angles understanding what you need to do in
order to get into the opponent or get away you have to understand the angles
and the movements or its of no use to you in fighting make sure you go out and
understand the basics of the different types of fighting out there if you have
some knowledge of how people fight in certain styles or in their training you
can better handle and prepare yourself when a self-defense situation arises in
this this includes all the aspects of stand up fighting taking a person down
and ground fighting not only that understand weapons such as guns and
knives and how they can come into play for self-defense build up your knowledge
of what you know don’t just know how to do it but why you do it
when you do it ask those questions you would if you were like a reporter
the last thing I’ll recommend is something that’s quite obvious find
people who are serious about the martial arts they’re willing not only to teach
you something but to learn something with you this allows you to better keep
on track of where you’re going with your Styles and martial arts and the may can
help you with both fallacies or problems that they might find along the way now
there are many more ideas that we could have stated or talked about here but we
don’t have to follow a traditional rigid pathway or just take a little here and
take a little there in order to understand self-defense until people
understand that one style is not the best and no one fighter is the best then
the martial arts will never continue to evolve
well I hope you enjoyed this video and and I’m sure there are things I’ve miss
said or done but I want you to understand that you need to grow your
martial arts so if you enjoyed this video and then took got something from
it poke that little like button down there and share it with your friends so
that we can make Shihan’s Dojo grow don’t forget to comment down there or
answer the question of the day what you need changed in your martial arts system
in order to make it better like I said we’ll try to answer those questions
below as soon as possible and we hope to see you again here on Shihan’s dojo

2 thoughts on “Top 8 Modern Changes to Martial Arts Training and Study

  1. In this video, I share different ideas I see as needing changes in the Martial Arts. There is a lot more that should be in this video, but it long enough as it is. The question for this video is "What do you see as needing to be changed in your martial arts?" Let us know so we can have a conversation about it.

  2. 9:29 – This is something I only learned from playing competitive video games. A single move's value can only be as good as other options that exist near the same situation as that move. Basically, it has to be able to be mixed up with other effective decisions. Otherwise, it doesn't matter if you've got the best right cross or wrestling shoot in the world. Your opponent can just prepare for that one option, negate it, and retaliate.

    As far as critique goes, I'd toss some toward karate's use of the staff. I think, because the staff is powerful enough to be dangerous to spar with, it either didn't happen or was extremely uncommon, opting instead for solo practice and cooperative kata. And I think this lack of sparring…shows, however potently the moves in kata can be performed.
    I also think an artefact of this, is that not many people get interested in the combative use of a staff. With wushu and staff tricking looking so much flashier and fun to experiment with, people get attracted to that instead of how to fight with a staff practically. Then, those that would be interested in how to use a staff effectively get dissuaded from pursuing it, because they mostly see the performance art aspect.
    I think adding some forms of training in staff that are more compelling and intellectually challenging than just kata by itself, would do a lot to generate interest in the weapon again. Especially given that karate's is the most widespread conception of the staff's use in the US.

Leave comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *.