Martial arts techniques should be incorporated based on their effectiveness in real combat.
This separates one martial art from another. There is a difference in training methods; how you train is how you fight. Be careful of systems that emphasize flashy and flowery techniques. Flashy moves look good to the untrained eye, but for real combat most of it is useless. I love watching sports martial arts. I fought in competitions for over 10 years and I have also created many champions in Kung Fu, Sanda, Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Never forget, though, there are rules. Real combat has no rules. Training under rules can teach bad tendencies that could get you killed in a real self-defense situation.
I have also seen people learn good techniques but still have the wrong mind-set. There is no tapping-out on the streets. There is no referee that will save you. No one is coming to save you! A one-on-one fight on the streets is an easy day. More than likely, you will have to fight his buddies as well. Training not to attack the vital parts known in Iron Mantis as the “16 attacking points” like the eyes, liver, groin, and knee is a sure way to get in trouble if you are up against multiple attackers.
Another part to be noted is that if you train to pull your punches you will do the same in a real situation. Don’t practice missing! This is why using the proper equipment so you can fully strike and kick is highly essential. When it comes to grappling, you can go 100% and that is the beauty of it. That’s why it is so honest. When it comes to striking, you have to train many different ways to be effective. Iron Mantis has cooperative drills like shadowboxing, mitt-work, heavy bag, mantis boxing, and non cooperative training like kickboxing, sanda, mma and combat sparring. From there those who can handle it we go into gun and knife training. Each area has specific gear to keep training as real as possible while being as safe as possible. Remember to keep it real and have fun doing it.
Train hard, train smart finish healthy,