“One of the main criticisms levied at “traditional” martial arts (I put the term in quotes because, from what I can tell, “traditional” typically means anything that is NOT mixed martial arts or brazilian jiu-jitsu) is that many of the techniques that these arts teach are not combat-specific. The implication is that only arts that focus solely on combat are worth studying. In fact, going further, there’s a snarky undertone that implies that those who study traditional arts are deluding themselves by practicing techniques that fall outside the realm of “combat only.”
Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.