quarta-feira, 19 de outubro de 2016

Traditional martial arts & Effectiveness - Part 2 (of 3)

Reflecting on the effectiveness of traditional martial arts previously generated the question of what makes up the identity of a traditional martial art: 

Its coordinative skill-set or the psychological stress of live combat?


To answer this question, I'd like to invite you to think of the following performers: a knife thrower, a trapeze artist and a fighter. 

In doing so, you'll quickly realize that the element psychological stress is a constant present in all scenarios. Consequently, it is the specific coordinative skill-set of each activity that makes up the identity of each activity ... and which warrants preservation. 

For a more detailed analysis of this, take the following case:

Trapeze artists used to perform their skill under maximum psychological stress, given the absence of safety nets. More recently, though, the introduction of safety nets lowered the degree of psychological stress performers are capable of performing under.

Purists will criticize such action and will call for the removal of safety nets. 
Nevertheless, removing safety nets while still looking to indulge society's pressure to have some sort of safety system usually leads to adjustments of performance conditions, such as the gear used

Case in point, such adjustment to the gear in use could lead to the replacement of the wire with a wide wooden board. However, though this would preserve the original psychological stress levels, the actual skill-set would be altered.

Furthermore, training meant to produce adaptation to psychological stress is, conceptually, pretty easy. Doing so only warrants the progressive increase of risk (progressive elimination of safety gear), together with being willing to put up with a tough path of injuries and rehab (and, eventually, death)

Hence, though the ideal set of training conditions (in order to achieve optimum combat readiness) consist of:

Developing the art's full skill set 
(no limitations as to the techniques allowed), 
while practicing with the original gear 
(risk & proprioceptive feeling)
and performing strikes at maximum speed
(real time frames for reacting & maximum risk)


When looking to, UNDERSTANDABLY, compromise by reducing the risk of serious injury (or even death), training conditions ought to be managed around prioritizing the preservation of the skill set (over psychological adaptation to stress).

A blueprint of Combat Tactics
I might be getting ahead of myself. These issues pertain to HOW TO TRAIN (methodology), and such issues are second to the starting need of knowing WHAT TO TRAIN (content). In case that is so, information on the latter can be found on our COMBAT TACTICS DVD.

However, concerning HOW TO TRAIN and the need to preserve the original martial skill-set of a traditional martial art, what does this boil down to in terms of training conditions? 


Again, think about it, as I will too. 

Talk again on Friday and, until then, wish you the continuation of a most enjoyable martial experience.

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