“Where Did the Martial Arts Come From?,” from Budo-warrior.com

“This is a little video we produced a few years ago at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC), Hohenfels, Germany to match the script that was developed to introduce Level I Combatives and Martial Arts training to new students. The script was written and composed by Matt Larsen, director and founder of the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP).

For those of you in the Martial Arts for a long time, it is probably a little simplistic and general. It is that. However, what I think it does a good job in a few short minutes in give a brief overview, and sets the stage up for helping students begin to understand martial methodology and what to look for when deciding to form their own program of study.

You may not agree with everything in the video. I would be interested in hearing your thoughts!”

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  1. Justu*

  2. bruce baker says:

    As long as we can remember… in a real fight .. there are NO rules .. That awareness alone should keep training real …

  3. Pretty good take on it…but also…Donn F. Draeger was one of the pioneers responsible for the original efforts to develop and systematize national and international Judo. As a co-founder of the first national Judo body, the Amateur Judo Association, he later played an active role in the establishment of the Judo Black Belt Federation (JBBF) which later became the United States Judo Federation (USJF), and he co-founded the Pan American Judo Federation which is currently called the Pan American Judo Union…http://www.usadojo.com/biographies/donn-draeger.htm

  4. worth watching. a few take home lessons.

    1 – fighting is “squared off”. if you don’t “square off” it’s hard to fight. if you keep hanmi and hip mobility, however, you MAY be hard to fight WITH, too. notice

    2 – these folks are giving and taking HARD hits. in a real situation expect it. if you stop one of those, it’ll hurt. might be lights out. i got decked by a poke in the eye once.

    3 – closed fist power punching is a bad idea. think of all the other options. tegatana comes to mind.

    remember that as Kano said, ‘on any day, anybody can win…’ everybody fights to win, even the ones who lose. having an attitude above winning & losing is good, as long as it is founded on all of the energy necessary to win.

    all that said, predatory criminals aren’t interested in a fight and will usually leave rather than have one, assuming that you’re a credible opponent and they are still capable.

  5. oh. one other thing. predatory criminals often team up. beating one by ground fighting leaves you a sitting duck for other team members.

  6. And in the end…any given Sunday and the lucky punch Rules.

  7. “Luck is the residue of design.” – Branch Rickey

    Sincere training is all about improving your design.

    Happy training.

  8. If your design is not good enough (aikido)…I will stick with lucky.

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