Before I talk about why your MMA or muay Thai might get you killed in a self-defense situation, go read this excellent blog post by Kasey Keckeisen.The man is a SWAT team leader and instructor; he knows what he’s talking about.
Can my MMA or muay Thai get me killed in the street?
Yes it can. Not necessarily, but it can. Before you start writing flaming comments, read this:
- I train in and teach combat sports and absolutely love it. I’ve done so for the last 20 years, I’m not bashing them at all. Here’s a clip form my Sanshou class if you don’t believe me.
- Nor am I saying that traditional arts or H2H systems are the best thing since sliced bread. Yes, I do train in and teach these too. I believe they’re just as valuable as the full contact sports.
- The most important thing: there are no guarantees in a fight, regardless of which style or art you practice, so in a way, the point is moot.
That said, if you’re interested in using MMA, muay Thai, kickboxing or sports karate not only to stay in shape or to compete but also to defend yourself in the street, then I’m going to assume you’re interested in learning the differences between the ring/cage and the street. Because that’s what’ll determine if you make it out alive or not. If you’re not interested in those, then you’re a fool. Not because you aren’t intelligent but because you refuse to accept these differences out of pride. I’m sorry if that offends you but I believe it is true.
I’ve written about the differences between sports fighting and MMA before, so I won’t go over it again. If you want to read my reasoning, go here first: [Read more…]