Did you know that there is a huge difference between Sport Fighting, Traditional Martial Arts and Real Self Defense?
Brazilian Jujitsu, MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kick Boxing..... are all amazing fighting systems. The thing is that they are designed for sport. I don't question the fact that anyone training in these arts will gain a huge advantage over someone who has not trained. The conditioning, confidence and strength you get from this style of training is wonderful... but you must remember that these are sports. Every one of these systems have strict rules, you are conditioned to fight multiple rounds ranging from 2 minutes to 5 minutes a round and you are only dealing with one opponent who weighs pretty much the same as you and has been training in a similar style.
Traditional Martial Arts like Tai Chi, Tai Kwon Do, Kendo, Wushu..... are steeped in tradition, history and form. In these beautiful styles the focus is to respect and continue the traditions of the original arts. Many of these date back thousands of years. They are beautiful, have some great self defense but neglect the reality of today's streets.
Jing Shen Kuoshu is a Martial Science. That means that we are always evolving with the times... Yes... We do use and study techniques from both sport fighting and traditional martial arts. JSK has a "Love/Hate" relationship with both Sport Fighting and Traditional Martial Arts in relation to Self Defense.
Sport Fighting toughens you up, teaches you how to deal with adrenaline, and trains you to, both, take a good strike and deliver powerful attacks. Traditional Martial Arts offer a number of time tested techniques and principles that have proven effective for centuries and still remain solid today.
Learning Self Defense from most Martial Arts schools will do little more that give you a false sense of security.
So what happens with these arts when street tools like knives, guns, and multiple attackers come into play. It changes everything. In JSK's Six Weeks of Self Defense, we deal with the realities of the violence of today's streets. In a self defense situation your goal is not to go to the ground whenever possible. If you are taken to the ground you should be doing everything possible to get back to your feet. Ground fighting is often a mislead. If your attacker is much larger, heavier or even scarier... a trained fighter, you will find yourself in serious trouble unless you've put in years of training yourself. High kicking and deep stance arts have similar problems, in that size, training and years of practice are needed to be able to use these against a highly aggressive attack.
It's a shame that so many unsuspecting people are poorly trained by these "Stop and Kick" self defense systems that leave you totally clueless, falsely confident and absolutely unprepared for a real attacker.