Martial Arts Training - Training in the Dojo Vs Real Life Martial Arts Self Defense

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So much of martial arts training now is designed to prepare for tournament competition.
Training for tournament competition creates a false sense of confidence.
The techniques are practiced and learned, but actual contact is often considered illegal.
If one has never experienced actual contact they will have no reference for what to do if they are ever struck.
And if they have never had the opportunity to deliver a full force punch or kick, they will not know what their capabilities are.
Going through the motions is taught now in most martial arts schools.
Students line up on each side of the mat.
From there an "attack" is rendered by one of the partners.
Many times the attacks are the same every session.
The defending student slowly and methodically performs a technique to perfection.
The attacking student is thrown to the ground or across the room as if they were defeated.
This type of training will not help in a real life self-defense situation.
Many attacks are quick, vicious, and designed to render the victim helpless in the least amount of time.
If a slow defense or counterattack is produced by the victim to stop the attack, serious injury can occur.
If the victim has never hit something with full force, they will not know how much damage they may inflict and lessen their counterattack.
Train for competition in the dojo.
It's fun.
However, be aware it may not help in the real world.
When training, occasionally have your partner put on padding.
If the dojo does not provide padding purchase your own.
Throw some full force punches or kicks.
Train as if your life depended on it.
Someday it may.
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