A remarkable number of martial art instructors over the years have endeavoured to find the perfect system when it comes to being combat effective against both armed and unarmed attackers, but in the process of doing so, some have failed to keep it all simple and more importantly practical. In fact in many cases they have turned a simple but effective number of practical self defence methods into an art form rather than what the original combat arts were intended for.
An overcomplicated, or difficult to learn, work of art that is no longer a practical form of unarmed combat may look awesome and even effective but the more complex in nature, the higher the risk of failing it becomes. Maybe that is why some call it the combat arts? They have inadvertently turned a form of unarmed combat into an art form rather than being practical?
Ask yourself a very simple question when faced with someone trying to hit you, do you go through the motions of putting them in an armlock and hope you don’t mess it all up when trying to do so or do you punch them in the face?
For the average man in the street the need to learn a complex range of moves that includes coordinating what the left arm does while the right hand does something else, and doing maybe backflips at the same time, is not only not needed but the odds of ever needing to do such things within your lifetime will never hopefully come your way.
Although many will say that having such highly complicated techniques are much better to have, rather than not at all, the odds of a real fight ever going in that specific direction is not really going to happen is it when you take into account that as with all fight situations there are far too many variations involved and in most situations it is often all very unpredictable even at the best of times?
Learning such highly complex moves within the safety of the Dojo, Kwoon or gym is all very well and good but when it comes to a real fight I am sure many will agree that throwing a simple punch is not only far more practical but also far less of a risk of failing? And of course unless you are one of those that can control your own fear factor of being potentially killed then most will just simply throw a few punches in the hope it will stop the attacker before running to safety.
In conclusion therefore remember that such methods may have a lot of merit but unlike in the safety of the Dojo, Kwoon or gym environment, that is free from fear of being harmed or even killed, knowing how to throw a good punch is often the best way forward.