When it comes to martial arts there are many paths – empty hand or with weapons, Chinese (Kung Fu), Japanese (Karate, JiuJitsu), hard styles, soft styles – and even then there are different strands within disciplines.
Unfortunately practitioners of the different disciplines and strands will sometimes dismiss each others’ training and I always think this is a real shame.
Firstly, because no one style IS the complete system of anything except itself as an art form. To be the greatest fighter, one needs to train across many disciplines covering the four main fighting distances – kicking range (Thai boxing, Tae Kwon Do, Karate for example), punching range (boxing), trapping range or grab the opponent by the scruff of the neck range (Wing Chun or JiuJutsu for example), and grappling range (JiuJitsu for example). Continue Reading →