Brian Kagen pick: “A fight to the distance,” by Patrick Parker

“If it’s a question about who would win in a prolonged fight requiring great stamina and endurance, I couldn’t answer that one either. See, both arts are about self defense, and nearly all self-defense encounters have nothing at all to do wth endurance. Most all fights are over before you can shift from anaerobic to aerobic metabolism (something like 2-3 minutes), and most all exertion that occurs in a fight is anaerobic in nature. So in a fight, “to the distance” would generally be a few seconds, perhaps as much as a couple of minutes.”

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.

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  1. …in order to have long fights, you need rules… 😉
    (that said, aerobic exercise is good for you)

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