Are the Martial Arts Effective in a Fight?

Posted by: John W. Zimmer

7 Responses to “Are the Martial Arts Effective in a Fight?”

  1. Dr. J Says:

    Excellent discussion, John!

    I feel my martial arts training gives me a much better chance in a conflict than I would have without it.

    When I train, I try to have as much realism in my movements as I can.

    Perhaps it would be a good idea to do one-step sparing with more attack variety than is now normally practiced, rather than the standard one step punch.

    “You fight the way you train” is going to be my new mantra!

  2. Ed Says:

    Effectiveness of Martial Arts in a street fight depends on how you train.

    The biggest problem is when martial artists train only against their own style.

    In order to be effective, a martial artist should train against a variety of opponents: larger vs smaller, boxer vs wrestler, etc and train in all of the fighting ranges.

  3. SDF Says:

    Martial Arts mostly teaches you how to react to various situations in a way that any technique that you could come across you understand a counter for it, but the ability to react to the situation is what is key.

  4. Clay Berg Says:

    This video is on point the guy in it pretty much makes all the points necessary most MMA fighters actually have much of the knowledge needed to fight dirty. Just reverse the list of dont do’s to do’s and you have a an awesome self defense system combined with great physical strength, aggression and experience. Here is a good example of a regular guy who shows a regular kick jab cross combo and makes changes it slightly for self defense making it quite effective and even deadly.

  5. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Thanks for the video Clay!

    While I certainly think mma can be used for fighting if you don’t have the rules – I would just caution that ground fighting is only for one on one… and as so often happens one does not know how many you are in a fight until you begin.


  6. Matt Klein Says:

    Hi John! Great thought-provoking post. Your last comment, depends on the person, sums it up. Before I learned boxing and karate, I was a wrestler and football player in high school. I ended a few fights by double leg takedown or fireman’s carry and smashed the guy to the ground. The ground is your friend! You just use the tools that you have available. Wrestling and football taught me to withstand a lot of pain, and that is a big factor in fights; toughness. Ability to dish out and withstand pain are key in a fight. I believe MMA fighters, boxers, BJJ guys, and Muay Thai guys in particular train in a more realistic way and are better trained to withstand pain, and will therefore have a real advantage on the street. It is too hard to train most other arts in a realistic way without really hurting people, so it is rarely done. That said, however, if I was in a fight to the death I probably would not train my Kenpo for anything. Like Dalton said in Roadhouse, “No one ever wins a fight”, so always best to avoid. People get killed..

  7. John W. Zimmer Says:

    Wow Matt!

    I was able to picture you slamming guys while reading this! Great points. Toughness cannot really be taught – one has to be willing to go the extra mile while taking on pain. I think sparring can help one experience that – well it worked for me.

    A fight avoided is a fight won… great advice!