When ever I write about Martial Arts I repeat the word Street Effective because there are many techniques one will come through during Martial Art classes but the important factor is to see if your techniques really work in the streets, because out there, there are no rules and fouls, this makes it different and trust me its a big difference! Do remember, the ultimate reason for learning martial arts is to defend oneself in the streets and “there is a big difference in having a black belt and being one” Be one or never have one.
The Good, Bad and the Ugly Today, martial arts are practiced in various modern forms – a fusion of various techniques combined as a single package, the good thing about this is, a student will be going through various effective martial art techniques in a single course but the bad thing is there are traditional masters who would have gained knowledge only in a particular art form would claim knowledge on techniques of other arts too! This is happening because these traditional masters who have been teaching a particular art form for years and even decades are tempted because of the high popularity of these modern arts which is getting popular among the young generation. The one who gets affected the most are the students who enroll under such masters. Due to the good will of the master – that he would have earned under his martial art background, it will be difficult for amatures to identity a real master.
Now martial arts are practiced in out of the box kind of techniques, the methods are more deadly and lethal than ever before. Bruce Lee’s “Jeet Kun Do” which he formed in the early 70’s was a way ahead of his times, it is a classic mix of street effective techniques from various arts. The techniques is based on his own street fighting experience from the streets of Hong Kong, it is aimed to completely defend oneself in a real life fighting techniques and naturally it includes boxing punches and kicks below the belt, which is very very vital if you are looking to defend yourself in the streets.
Kickboxing is the fore father of modern martial arts in the likes of MMA , where almost nothing is barred in practice and sparring. Other arts which I personally consider as compatible martial arts when it comes to realistic fighting techniques are MMA techniques, Muaythai, Boxing and Karate practiced in full contact formats like Kyokushinkai, all these arts are second to none when trained by a proper trainer.
Kickboxing Kickboxing is a beautiful fusion of martial art kicks along with Boxing punches. Not many arts gives you the liberty to practice Boxing punches with your partner and mind you, punches to the face is very, very vital when you are preparing to defend yourself against a street fighting rogue. Kickboxing is one of the closest thing to get adapted to street fight scenarios! because you can practice kicks to the knees and punches to the face which is not allowed in many popular forms of martial arts, though every form of martial art teaches you to kick below the belt and punch to the face, you are most of the time barred from doing those moves during practice sessions. Kickboxing originated in Japan (but it was more popular in the west till 90’s) where traditional martial artists found a need for combining more techniques to make a fight even more lethal and effective because traditional sports based martial art tournaments din’t allow to hit your opponents directly, you cannot punch your opponents face, back or even kick on your opponents legs! (and still these are the widely contested martial art tournaments in India and around the world) Kickboxing became a big hit in America in the 70’s due to the combination of effective techniques and for the application of techniques which was never practiced before.
As I said earlier, the ultimate aim of martial arts is to defend yourself in the streets and all the other things which you get along with enrolling a self defense class is only a big secondary. Like grading, Championships and being part of a brilliant demonstration team and so on.
I conduct personal classes within the Chennai city limits. You can write to me regarding self defense and fitness in Chennai to “firstname.lastname@example.org”