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MMA vs. Traditional Martial Arts

Are you missing the main benefits of martial arts in daily life: Complete Self Defense & Peaceful Relationships?

A Moment's Pause - Trouble after the first glance.

Navigating the Waters
School Qualifications
  • Techniques Work
  • Seniors Take Care of Juniors
  • Students Enjoy the Practice
Teacher Qualifications
  • Lineage = Quality Control
  • Good Character = Good Martial Skills
Teacher Qualifications
  • Lineage = Quality Control
  • Good Character = Good Martial Skills
School Qualifications
  • Techniques Work
  • Seniors Take Care of Juniors
  • Students Enjoy the Practice
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A Moment's Pause

If you've watched a few MMA bouts on TV and thought you might want to give it a try, this chart should give you a moment's pause. It tells a very simple story: when you focus on technique alone, you miss the benefits of more harmonious relationships and self defense against illness or accidents.

Why Traditional Martial Arts

Focus Self Defense Health Discipline Min. Time Per Week
Self Defense Only Classes
Technique & Conditioning
  • Learn Techniques
  • Lawsuits?Pressure and adrenaline lead to over reactions, which can lead to charges for excessive use of force
  • Injuries?Pressured training for self defense without mental discipline can increase risk of injuries which reduce ability to defend oneself
  • Fitness
  • Overexertion?Overexertion over a long period of time can increase injuries and impair health.
  • 3 Hours
  • In FacilityMost self defense classes require partner training at the facility.
Traditional Martial Arts - Less Effort / Greater Benefits
Improve Health
  • Reduce Injuries
  • Health Benefits
  • More Relaxation
  • Less Stress
  • 3 Hours
  • Home or FacilityTraditional martial arts more conveniently balance training at the facility with home practice.
Philosophy
  • Reduce Lawsuits
  • Reduce Violence
  • Best Self Defense
  • Best Health
  • Peace
  • Effective in Life
  • Happy
  • 3 Hours
  • Home or FacilityTraditional martial arts more conveniently balance training at the facility with home practice.
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Characteristics of the Teacher

Lineage. Lineage is a time tested method to insure quality control in instruction. You start with one of the great martial artists of all time. That highly realized practitioner certifies his students to go out and teach. The knowledge is passed from one generation to another with teachers standing behind the instruction given by their students. If a student has a serious problem and is considered unqualified to teach, their teacher withdraws support.

Is this method perfect? Absolutely not. There are failings. However, when a teacher does not provide information on their background for you to check their qualifications, that could be a red flag to examine their school more closely.

Teacher's Character. When you accept someone as your teacher, you tend to "grow up" just like them. If their character is faulty, you might develop some of the same tendencies yourself. Then at some point when you might want to part ways, life can become complicated. Lastly, a key function of martial arts training is to clear the mind to better perceive an attack before it is launched. This function has obvious benefits in self defense. But clarity of mind is based upon a solid foundation of ethics. Someone with faulty ethics cannot develop this ability, and then cannot teach it.

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Characteristics of the School

These attributes can help you find a good school:

  1. The techniques work. This doesn't mean that they cannot be countered. Every technique can be countered. This simply means the techniques are well thought out and avoid obvious pitfalls. For example, the attacker should not throw themselves, but be thrown by the defender.
  2. Senior students take care of juniors. This simply shows the school perpetuates the practice with a caring and helpful attitude. The environment is healthy and people are learning good character.
  3. Student are enjoying themselves. This is another sign of a healthy environment. Destructive competition and unhinged egotism is eschewed. Malice muddies the mind and reduces the ability to perceive an attack.
Keywords: Realistic Self Defense, Effective Self Defense, Traditional Martial Arts, Adrenaline Dump