We have reached a point where lives are being taken and lives are being loss because few are ready and many are just angry.
Combat Arts training is not Martial Arts Training!!
Martial arts have a rich history dating back centuries, originating from various cultures around the world. Often associated with combat and self-defense, martial artists are often perceived as individuals solely focused on preparing for war. However, this narrow view undermines the depth and essence of martial arts as a holistic practice that encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual aspects.
Combat arts, throughout history, has been an essential skill employed in various contexts, including self-defense, military operations, and martial arts. While the concept of killing with one’s hands may seem brutal or even barbaric, it is important to acknowledge that understanding the underlying science behind hand-to-hand combat can provide valuable insights into human physiology, anatomy, biomechanics, and psychology.
This is not an argument or an opinion piece, these are the facts as we know them in today’s moment. War has long been regarded as a devastating and horrific phenomenon that inflicts immeasurable suffering on individuals, societies, and entire nations. Its impact extends far beyond the battlefield, leaving lasting scars on the collective psyche of humanity. While war represents the darker side of human nature, it also serves as a stark reminder of the importance of preparation in all aspects of life.
The destruction and loss, psychological and emotional toll social disruption and fragmentation, and economic consequences to name the impact of war and the lack of preparedness.
Let us get into how we prepare:
Martial arts are deeply rooted in cultural traditions and philosophies. Various forms of martial arts practitioners’ philosophical foundations that extend beyond combat. Martial artists often study and embrace the cultural heritage associated with their chosen discipline, fostering a sense of identity, connection, and appreciation for diverse traditions. The study of martial arts philosophy promotes values such as honor, integrity, humility, and perseverance, shaping individuals into well-rounded and morally grounded individuals.
Combat arts means of killing with bare hands, encompasses a diverse range of scientific principles. Understanding human anatomy, kinetics, biomechanics, psychology, and physical conditioning is crucial for achieving proficiency in this ancient art form. However, it is important to approach the subject with a sense of responsibility, recognizing the ethical considerations and societal norms that govern the use of violence. By exploring the science behind hand-to-hand combat, we gain valuable insights into the complex interaction between the human body.
The Combat Artist and Martial Artist has multifaceted levels of cross sections of training and thoughts, but there is one key difference. That is Intention of action and movement. The science of Combat Arts necessitates rigorous training and conditioning. Physical fitness, strength, speed, agility, and endurance are critical attributes for a successful hand-to-hand combatant. Training methodologies rooted in scientific principles, such as progressive overload, specificity, and periodization, help build the necessary physical attributes while minimizing the risk of injury. Additionally, training in realistic scenarios and stress-induced environments can enhance combat effectiveness by simulating the physiological and psychological responses that occur during real-life conflicts. Combat Arts is not solely a physical endeavor; it also involves the psychological aspect of combat. An understanding of human psychology, including fear, stress responses, and decision-making under pressure, is crucial. By exploiting an opponent’s psychological vulnerabilities, such as fear, hesitation, or loss of focus, one can gain a significant advantage, ultimately leading to successful attacks. Controlling one’s own mindset is equally important, as maintaining composure, focus, and confidence can directly impact the outcome of a confrontation.
I will answer this burning question right now, can a well-trained martial artist defend themselves in a conflict? The answer is yes and still that is not combat. Your favorite movies like John Wicks, The Equalizer and Jason Bourne and Jack Reacher and others have combat arts not martial arts. Combat science has come a long way since its early origins, adapting and evolving through the ages. The interdisciplinary nature of combat science has allowed warriors to leverage knowledge from various fields, empowering them with enhanced tactics, tools, and strategies.
What is going to get in your way besides a lot of dead bodies is the EGO, and Not being trained and to think or believe the training is the same and that is a shame. As a life long martial artist and a student for life, my combat training is different, and my applications may be fused like a smoothie, but my primary ingredient is how to apply the techniques in intent.
I hope to see you in training, or I will just send flowers.
Written by: Dr. Paul W Dyer GM