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        Andy Here is a link to a genuine expert on the reality based application of traditional martial arts (my father used to work for him as a security supervisor in a large shopping mall and before anyone makes any 'mall cop' jokes, you should know that the 'real' stuff they had to put up with on a daily basis was in many cases worse than what I had to contend with as a bouncer!)
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        Guillaume Chan Hey @nico, this is a really interesting topic. I just wanted to react to your different points and add some others that could help you with your thinking.

        1 - You're totally right. Fortunately, some schools are getting very creative in order to train you for real situation. Some exercises can be done to put you in a stress state to practice your techniques. For example, sparring against two opponents is a great exercise to work on your self-control and cardio because this is really oppressive. Another could be to close your eyes, turn spin around for a few seconds and when you opened your eyes someone attacks you.

        2 - Unfortunately, I think you're right.

        3 - This depends on which fighting sport you practice. Some, like Krav Maga or Systema, totally encourage to kick your partner in the groin even in the dojos. It just depends on your school methods and of course our partner will have to wear adequate protection. Many traditional martial art schools tend to change toward a more self-defense approach.

        To conclude, I would say that it's true, you will never be able to simulate real life aggressions but you can try to get as close to it as possible and that will already make a huge difference. Secondly, practicing self-defense is not all about techniques. It also teaches self-confidence and attitude. Self-confidence may dissuade more than one assailant. Attitude may teach you to avoid threatening situation or how to react to it.
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        Christopher Adamchek i agree with the rough approximate to real self defense situation
        but..
        - i introduce realistic acting where for the time of the training drill, i am not your instructor or friend, ill call you names, intimidate you, and push you around.
        - i dont hit to kill or mame, but an attacker is going to try and hit my students so i owe it to them to try just as hard to hit them.
        - i have some of my students train using "illicit" technies in these same drils, and i use them on my students showing them better how someone might fight, in one drill i went right for his throat grabbing the cartilage of his trachea

        your right that you can only get close, but i aim to make that "close" as close as possible
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