But the question forced me to try and think and summarize a decisive conclusion as well. While no two instructors are alike and many could teach you something and give you the benefits of fighting experience, the question here forces you to think to the bottom of it.
Some got brutally attacked and suffered from mental scars. Some learn about reality through others’ experience. They all try to learn how to overcome the danger by exposing themselves to it moderately and incrementally by taking a Martial Art Class. They are all looking for an environment that they will hopefully find a solution and calm to their needs and calm their fears.
Well, I quote the back cover of my book:
”Sports Martial arts serving the purpose of gambling entertainment and fitness were bound to extract the lethal techniques from fear of court persecution.
In the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), a superior Hand to Hand Combat Training System was developed and named Krav Maga. Its advantage was providing training methods with optimal self defense capabilities while maintaining strict safety during training.
The key to this system is the correct hierarchy of prioritization !However, Krav Maga known to civilians around the world is not the IDF Krav Maga, but rather another form of Martial Arts marketed to civilians.
Boaz Aviram, the 3rd in a lineage of IDF Fighting Fitness Academy Krav Maga Chief Instructors, presents in this book the most efficient and effective form of self defense and Hand to Hand Combat training method ever developed. 150 techniques presented: 1,000 film strip formatted photos in with 60,000 words of advice.”
You can learn techniques, training methods (Not necessarily the best, but at least something) you learn response habits, you “Develop” skills, and above all do the foot work like the Infantry that is known to “think though its feet.”
Is it about finding someone your own weight and slowly trying to train with him until you feel comfortable that you can beat him? Another training dummy in a form of a real human with two legs and two arms and a brain? What if someone grabs your hand?
Do you need to learn how to get out of the hold? What will you gain out of it? Do you need to learn how to kick someone, or to punch him? Do you need to learn how to block a kick or a punch? Do you need to learn how to get out of a hold?
How to use a knife to hurt someone? How to block a knife attack? I am sure if you try it you will figure something out.
You need to train how to deal with the element of surprise. Since it is the Hand to Hand Combat department here, we need to concentrate on Hand to Hand Combat. Therefore the training would deal with the critical moment of surprise. First you need to give someone good skills. The most important is awareness.
This reaction time concept is being applied on more than one area of the whole complex picture that is being broken down and put together many times to simplify the learning process.
You need to teach someone where to hurt someone else in order to control him with pain and at times with no pain. Sometimes if you want to shut another machine off so it would not destroy you the process is as quick as turning the power switch off.
Efficiency is the key. Hopefully your instructor would show you the difference of racing and driving your car in a straight line then looping around the block 10 times before your you start the race while your competitors are already racing on a straight line to the finish.
And at times that person does not even have the basic safety knowledge of how the human body operates and instruct your child how to properly breath during exertion creating too much pressure in the arteries which can cause a much worse result than a muscle tear an a bone break.
Perhaps these fields are not geared to house so many champions and use the competitive element to drive athletes own brain and body in a competitive environment to use their physique only with very little winning edge advice. Or perhaps each field is limited to one area, forces the perfection of certain restricted motions to get to their maximum efficiency...
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