This is all GOOD advice and I had to share it with you. – Jeremy
Excerpted from Fighter’s Fact Book 2: Street Fighting Essentials by Loren W. Christensen and Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
How you train is how you will perform for real is a truism for law enforcement, soldiers and martial artists. Some martial artists adamantly object to this, saying that they would never react in a high-stress situation in such a way as the their technique degrades due to the adrenaline dump. To them I say simply, “Sorry, but your opinion is wrong. There is too much evidence to the contrary, and if you don’t change your ways, you could be dead wrong.”
Here are a few ways that some martial artists train that could come back to bite them on the behind:
- Train to miss: Punches and kicks are pulled three or four inches from their opponent.
- Has never been hit: Because students are taught to pull their techniques several inches short, they are not conditioned physically or psychologically to take a hit.
- Take one, give one: Never been trained to take a hit and respond immediately by hitting back.
- Train to pass by or pass over the target: High kicks are thrown so they pass over the opponent’s head.
- Ingrained ritual: Every drill or sparring exercise is preceded with a salute (sometime elaborate), a nod, a grunt or an “ooos,” and a pronounced step into a fighting stance.
- Excessive politeness: Accidental contact is followed by a partial salute and an apology.
- Acknowledgement of getting hit: A poorly controlled punch or kick hits and the recipient grabs the spot and calls time out.
- Acknowledgement of hitting: A punch or kick scores and the hitter raises his fist in triumph, turns his back, and walks back to his starting position.
- Over recognition of an error: An error in a drill receives a curse, a foot stomp, a shake of the head, or some other overt sign.
- Stop on an error: When a defense move misses or a takedown technique is done poorly, the action stops and everyone starts over.
- Stop in range: A technique is stopped for whatever reason and the attacker stays in range without doing anything.
- Stop after one hit scores: The attacker slams one in then stops, backs away, and basks in his glory.
- False confidence: Believes his weak hits that earned points in a tournament would stop an attacker.
- Too many Hong Kong movies: Attacker does an excess of flippy-dippy kicks, somersaults, and tornado kicks.
- Dropping hands within range: Being in range with guard down and not attacking.
- Over reliance on safety equipment: Relying on the protective helmet to the extent that the head isn’t covered well. Relying on padded hands and feet too much.
- Telegraphing: Excessive wind up before punching.
- Never hitting low: Low blows are not allowed because they are illegal in sport.
- Targets ignored: Grapplers struggle for a hold while the opponent’s eyes, throat and groin are open and vulnerable.
- Opponent can’t punch or kick: Grapplers defend against other grapplers who are not trained in how to throw quality kicks and punches.
- Focus on one technique: Over relies on his favorite technique, no matter how many times it gets blocked, misses, or fails to have an effect.
- Hands the weapon back: Defender disarms a knife, stick, or gun and then hands the weapon back to the attacker.
- Doesn’t consider other attackers: Takes opponent down and then fails to look around for other attackers.
- Doesn’t get up strategically: When moving from the ground to a standing position, he doesn’t do so in a way that he could instantly defend himself.
- Practices only in the air: Punches and kicks are only thrown in the air and never on a bag. He has no idea what they feel like impacting something solid.
- Always trains at the same intensity: Never pushes for greater speed, greater power, and greater explosiveness.
- Never trains with mental intensity: Just goes through the motions as if they were half-hearted aerobics.
- Doesn’t “see” the opponent: Practices in the air, on bags, and on the makiwara without visualizing an opponent.
- Never trained all-out: Never pushes training intensity into the anaerobic zone, that place where most fights occur.
- Doesn’t weight train: Never uses resistance training to increase strength, explosiveness and speed.