Street Effective Self Defense vs MMA (part 2)

My street real self defense arts  look at the primary weaknesses on a human body and make a study of the most expedient way to exploit them so that a 98 pound girl or middle aged business executive can have a hope of defending her or himself against an angry 250 pound muscle bound guy.  This means his eyes, throat, testicles, arteries, knees and life are all good attack options and major points of time and study.  She does not want to wrestle, trade hits or be in the situation any longer than absolutely necessary because she cannot afford to exchange blows with such a person without her risking her life.  By the way, the same can be said for the average person whether they be older, weaker (not lifting weights for a couple of hours every day), sicker such as being a diabetic or having parkinsons or just being the average person living a normal life.

The vast majority of MMA stylists who participate and train for competitions can not honestly say they train for the street because when was the last time you saw a fight in an octagon or ring match that was a real, true to life, ugly, no rules, street manner fight without the participants immediately getting disqualified?  How many times has an octagon or ring match opponent showed up to fight with a knife or baseball bat or had his friends inside  the ring to help him.  In fact if the MMA fighter showed up and did half of the things that a real street self defense art considers and trains for and against then they would get barred and eventually completely banned from competition.

After this explanation the typical response that I have received from most of the 15 MMA types who have challenged me amounts to them telling me that my idea of martial arts is messed up and not moral or ethical.  The problem is that they came to me thinking that their view of fighting is the reality of real self defense.  If MMA was the reality of street fights then life would be simple and there would be no need for real self defense arts. I could simply say “You Win and I concede the fight” and the conflict would be over.

to be continued…

My street real self defense arts vs MMA looks at the primary weaknesses on a human body and makes a study of the most expedient way to exploit them so that a 98 pound girl or middle aged business executive can have a hope of defending her or himself against an angry 250 pound muscle bound guy. This means his eyes, throat, testicles, arteries, knees and life are all good attack options and major points of time and study. She does not want to wrestle, trade hits or be in the situation any longer than absolutely necessary because she cannot afford to exchange blows with such a person without her risking her life. By the way, the same can be said for the average person whether they be older, weaker (not lifting weights for a couple of hours every day), sicker such as being a diabetic or having parkinsons or just being the average person living a normal life.

The vast majority of MMA stylists who participate and train for competitions can not honestly say they train for the street because when was the last time you saw a fight in an octagon or ring match that was a real, true to life, ugly, no rules, street manner fight without the participants immediately getting disqualified? How many times has an octagon or ring match opponent showed up to fight with a knife or baseball bat or had his friends inside the ring to help him. In fact if the MMA fighter showed up and did half of the things that a real street self defense art considers and trains for and against then they would get barred and eventually completely banned from competition.

After this explanation the typical response that I have received from most of the 15 MMA types who have challenged me amounts to them telling me that my idea of martial arts is messed up and not moral or ethical. The problem is that they came to me thinking that their view of fighting is the reality of real self defense. If MMA was the reality of street fights then life would be simple and there would be no need for real self defense arts. I could simply say “You Win and I concede the fight” and the conflict would be over.

Street Effective Self Defense vs MMA (part 1)

I have chosen to write about Street Effective Self Defense vs MMA for our blog because publicly there seems to be a lot of confusion about the difference between these two very different kinds of arts.  I find that a lot of people including a lot of MMA teachers simply do not know the difference between MMA and arts that are intended for real street self defense.  So, I hope to shed a little light on it here in a way that will help everyone.

The most interesting way I can think of to illustrate this point about the difference between Street Effective Self Defense & MMA is to publicly state how many times I have been challenged by MMA / UFC type  fighters and to explain a bit about the outcome of those challenges.  Over the years I have been challenged to fight (mostly by MMA /UFC type fighters and teachers) about 15 times or so.  My basic response to such challenges normally goes as follows.

First, I explain I do not train MMA and that because MMA is not what I do or train for that if I play by the rules in an MMA fight against an MMA fighter who is specifically training for such an event that I will probably lose although I do enjoy watching MMA and UFC events from time to time just like I like watching football, boxing or WWF wresting.

Secondly and much more important to me regarding the difference between Street Effective Self Defense vs MMA, is that all of my self defense training and the arts that I practice for self defense are life or death based arts with survival being the #1 goal.    This means that in an awful street attack, evading and escaping is a very acceptable option for me.  It also means that if I can not evade or escape the situation then I want to terminate the situation with extreme prejudice, as fast as I can, with as little injury to me or my loved ones as possible

This means that in an extremely violent street attack by someone young, strong and built such as an…  (describe your average well built testosterone filled MMA guy who doesn’t need a lot of training to hurt someone here) that I will do whatever I can as rapidly as I can to end the encounter and I will not stop until one of us is completely incapacitated or dead because that is the reality of a terrible street encounter.  If this means stabbing them with my knife, biting them, gouging, taking out one or both of his eyes, crushing his throat,   breaking whatever small joint I can, stomping, using whatever objects might be laying around as a weapon etc then that is all acceptable and trained in my martial art as a part of street real self defense vs MMA which primarily trains for the ring.  In real street self defense survival is the key and there is no such thing as cheating against a criminal attacker.