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Why Martial Arts Don’t Work • Martial Arts Journey

Why Martial Arts Don’t Work • Martial Arts Journey


Why Martial Arts Don’t Work The world is full of various martial arts. While their techniques and heritage may be
different, they are all connected by the word “Martial”, meaning – relating to fighting
and war. While there are various reasons a person may
start martial arts for, most people start it wanting to learn how to protect themselves,
yet too often they are promised something that they never really learn, even after years
of training. Hi, my name is Rokas, and in this Martial
Arts Journey video, I will share my story, how I learned that various Martial Arts don’t
work the hard way. I was always fascinated by Eastern culture. Especially the samurai and the way of the
warrior. It was only a matter of time for me to start
learning martial arts. I was also pushed to learn martial arts for
self defense by surrounding circumstances. My country Lithuania was still freshly out
of the Soviet Union which gave space for crime organizations to thrive between all of the
confusion, and the younger generation was quick to copy them, by searching for easy
prey to harass, beat up, or mug. As I was a peaceful teenager, hanging out
with other like-minded kids, various gang-wannabes often chose me and my friends as their targets. I had countless of friends who have been victim
to having their mobile phones mugged from them by other kids of similar age, and this
danger was always very active for me as well. Having no desire to harm anyone, yet wanting
to protect myself and others, I was naturally drawn to Aikido, which promised the ability
to protect myself and others, without using extreme violence. While I was fascinated by the philosophy of
Aikido, but one of my main priorities for learning it initially was for self defense. My first Aikido instructor mixed his classes
with some Kyokushin basics and traditions, such as push-ups, endurance training, punching
the bag and more. He also often spoke about street fighting,
yet he never really gave advice how to act in an actual situation of self defense. The training was also very much technique
focused and there were no live sparring or pressure testing during it. We were promised that by learning the techniques
until perfecting them, that when the time will come, they will kick into action. Despite this promise, all the time while training,
I had doubts about my ability to defend myself, yet believing in my instructors promise, I
decided that I needed to train more of the same. I started training not only with teenagers,
but with adults too, around 7 times per week of regular classes. I was also often doing extra training with
my friends. To boost my confidence, I asked them to punch
harder and resist more, while I did my techniques, yet even when there was more resistance, it
was still cooperative training, as my partners were throwing specific attacks and their resistance
consisted only of stiffening up to not allow a specific technique, rather offering live
resistance which would teach me to adapt. Meanwhile, I was constantly harassed and threatened
in the streets very often by various gang-wannabes. Fortunately, most of the times I was able
to talk my way out of the situations or to find a creative solution (not that I was taught
to do that in my Aikido classes), yet one time the circumstances happened to be worse. I was approached by a group of five young
guys who stood around me and asked for my mobile phone (which were expensive at the
day). As their leader grabbed me on my collar and
demanded my phone, no Aikido techniques came to me at the moment, despite my training being
focused mostly on grabs. All that came to my mind: was to randomly
punch the guy in the back of the head. As the punch landed, he lost balance and collapsed
on the ground. Meanwhile, the other four guys started screaming
and yelling at each other in panic, since they clearly did not see this coming. Looking back at the day, I am upset, that
no one told me that the best option right there was to run away. Instead, being a “martial artist”, I stood
there to fight them. Unfortunately, instead of being proactive
and using the chance to attack them, I stood there, waiting for their attacks – as I was
taught in Aikido. At the same time, I observed how my mind froze
with considerations of how will I know which specific technique to apply, to which attack. “Will I know the right technique, for the
right movement?”. As I stood there lost in my inner dialogue,
the gang got back their posture and instead of throwing an attack, they sprayed pepper
spray into my face. Luckily enough, at this moment, I realized
that I have to run, and so I did. Barely seeing where I am running amidst trees,
with my eyes and mouth burning from pepper, I finally managed to reach a store where I
asked for help. As I came back home, I was confused and I
did not realize what went wrong. After speaking to my Aikido instructor and
hearing his thoughts, I was suggested that I simply lacked enough training, and that
I need to train even more and longer, to learn more techniques for every possible occasion,
until they will naturally become active in a self defense situation. Yet again, having faith in my instructor,
I started training even more Aikido, but this time I also decided to try something else. On my personal contemplations, I came to a
conclusion that I am missing striking skills. Still being inspired by Eastern culture, I
decided to start training Wing Chun alongside my Aikido training. I trained Wing Chun like crazy as well. Encouraged by me, a group from our Wing Chun
class even started a camp in a forest where we trained extra for hours almost daily. Yet again, I training was focused on specific,
static form and even if we did light sparring, we would only include the traditional techniques
of Wing Chun that we were taught and we offered little live resistance to each other. During the time I also looked into Kendo and
Karate to fill in my gaps, and although I did not train much of it, everywhere I went
I was also encouraged to focus on polishing static techniques, with the promise that one
day they will come to work. As no one taught me proper strategy or mentality
suitable for real life self defense, I started creating my own strategy, as I prepared for
the next encounter. I decided, that the next time someone will
try to mug me, (and I was sure this will happen soon enough, due to the circumstances of my
crime activity in my city), I will punch them so hard to the face, that I will knock them
out. To make sure that happens, I started hitting
the heavy bag at home everyday for hours upon hours, to develop a – “killer punch”. Eventually, the day to test proof my strategy
and new skills came. As I was walking to school, I saw two guys
standing on the other side of the road looking at me. The third one of the group was standing on
my walking side, and as I came close to him, he stood up in front of me and demanded me
to give my mobile phone (yes, it was very popular thing to do in my city at the day). My brain quickly connected the dots of what
was happening and my planned strategy came into action. As my punch landed on his face, all that happened
though, was him taking a step back and starting to swear. As I realized my plan didn’t work out, no
other technique came to me at the moment and I decided to run away. Looking at it back now, I see that running
away after landing a punch was actually a good decision to make, yet that was not something
that my martial arts instructors managed to encourage me to do. Also, yet again I was exposed to a situation
where all the techniques I collected and tried to perfect, still did not come into action,
and thus I was left to continue to search for answers in futility, believing that the
issue was with me not training enough, rather than the martial arts and it’s instructors
that I learned from. Only years later I was introduced to Brazilian
Jiu Jitsu, which suddenly showed me a new door. As I rolled with a fully resisting partner,
of course none of my Aikido or Wing Chun techniques came to me as well, yet during my first rolls
I witnessed how powerful the applied techniques were. As I started investigating into where that
power comes from, I learned about such terms as pressure testing, alive drilling, constant
rolling and more. I quickly saw the differences in the training
methods and I started to realize that it was not my fault that I was not able to apply
what I learned in my training, but it was how I was taught to do it. Of course, this is not to say that BJJ is
a complete martial art, yet the training methods that it offers, amongst other similar types
of combat practices, offers completely different results than entirely compliant training of
very limited, and traditional techniques in static conditions. Later on I was also introduced to self defense
concepts and the difference between martial arts and self defense, which also opened up
great doorways to understand where my past issues came from. Whether a martial art works or not does depend
on what you want it to work for. It may be a great tool for personal development,
or a means fitness and education, yet the word “Martial” in it’s description implies
– that it Should develop effective skills meant for fighting, at least as a component. Unfortunately, most martial arts never expose
themselves to enough pressure testing and alive drilling to witness the flaws behind
some of it’s ideas of how it should work and why for someone it did not work. Many of them simply keep on polishing their
techniques with compliant partners and hopes, that one day it will apply under live circumstances
and may spend years doing so. Also, too often martial arts schools fail
to address the difference between martial arts and self defense, and to teach effective
strategies to deal with conflict, instead of indirectly encouraging students to expect
to defend themselves physically in all situations. Of course, different martial arts have this
issue on different levels, based on how it is trained. Judo and some styles of Karate, for example,
do offer much more pressure testing than many other martial arts such as kung-fu or ninjutsu. Also, some schools do have seperate classes
for their martial art and actual self defense. Yet this consideration of what the martial
art promises, and whether does it really deliver it – is very important for all practices. While sharing my personal story, I hope it
did help shed some understanding of what is implied the next time you will hear someone
saying that Martial Arts don’t work. What do you think about various martial arts
failing to deliver their promise? Did you experience something similar? Let me know in the comments. If you liked the video, make sure to share
it with your friends. If you want more videos like this one, subscribe
to the Martial Arts Journey channel. This was Rokas, and I wish you to own your
Journey.


Reader Comments

  1. Wanna defend yourself ? Learn boxe and jiu jitsu. Kicks are rarely used or effectives on street fights, also, on certain ocasions you may be using pants that limits your kicking skills

  2. You just need to have more balls to be willing to take the punch for every failure instead of running away like a pussy. Dun blame the skill… Simply because u can't execute them because you are a chicken shit

  3. never trust a martial arts school that doesn't do full contact sparring, you'll never develop the necessary experience to deal with a real fight.

  4. Martial arts do work you honestly just suck when fighting street fighters I would win honestly there would be a few that can match me yes but it's only cause I'm human and not Superman train in American/ European fighting because well……it's the best you need to spar n not just do drills in order to learn how to fight Yu must fight

  5. m.a. gives u options like studying gives u options in conversations weather u use them wisely or not its up to u dude its like saying that books are useless in social life…no u simple add new options instead of running away u just have to learn how to use them and when

  6. That's easy. It's because it has become a show. Not a lifestyle anymore. Real martial arts were invented for protection against the wild, to keep self control and be in harmony with peace. But that changed fast, as it became a sport for show.

  7. I mean I'm training in All forms of Martial Arts and they work like a dream for me. That's just me though.

  8. The styles are correct, but the teacher forgot to teach application. You can have every math formula, but if you don't know how to use them, then your math is useless. Of course what works for the big guy, may not work for the little. Most instructors fail to teach adaption.

  9. Every martial arts works!!just that you have to be creative and have that will to kill or hurt someone.Once you have that, the attacker will run away from you, when they run, chase them and make sure they end up in hospital. Always look around your surrounding and look for weapon. trust me, i use my Karate skills in gang fight before

  10. My Grandmaster Soonho Song trained in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Judo since he was a boy, got into numerous situations where he had to defend himself and his description of the kanji for Martial Arts is ‘to end the violence’ use your brain first, then your legs to run and when you must fight, end it quickly

  11. 0:46
    The soviet union? Mafias? That's ridiculous if you talk of the soviet union before Gorbachev (perestroika)

  12. Lol fragile spoiled online Americans. Hell the guy who made this video, go to East saint Louis and start some shit and talk crap, if you survive your martial arts and fighting style is legitimate. If not you'll be dead and your blood and brains will be all over the place. Real life triumphs over internet video nonsense. It's crazy how you fragile internet morons think you actually know something without anything to show other than some so called trash talking psychological warfare ability than even a retarded Chihuahua can spot from 10,000 miles away.

  13. Hey there Rokas wanted to ask you a question. Do you think Aikido would be more effective if they focus more on Atemi? I was reading Bill Gleason's boom that talked about Aikido being 70% atemi and 30% technique. Wanted to get your thoughts if Aikido sparred more and used more strikes

  14. I learned at a very young age that if you can kick someone in the groin hard enough, running away is easy. Luckily enough the martial art I take actually teaches groin strikes😂

  15. What do you think about martial arts that utilizes weapon? I mean for the martial arts that use fist and kicks or grapple, it might take a while to take down enemies. While, if you use a weapon, it only takes a few hit to the enemies for them to feel pain and may be they will run away from you.

  16. Well, talking and running is good self defence, not easy to learn in martal arts, though. I think it is more about Aikido not so effective. Personally I think my Karate helped me out (some sparring), but I also run after some punch and kicks, when more than one opponent. It's always a good tactic, and to scream "help" several times when running.

  17. my karate instructor said in a situation where a mugger or thief asked for something like a cell phone or money, you give it to them! You should never fight in a situation like that. The best self defense technique is to avoid fighting. My karate instructor said no object or money is worth your life. If a person tries to hurt you after you give them your wallet or phone etc. then you fight.

  18. No martial art will realistically prepare you to fight multiple people at once . Or make you invincible to knives , guns or a huge weight disadvantage . Be safe , be smart . Your best weapon is your common sense. Martial arts do work . Just not bullcrap traditional eastern martial arts . Brazilian Jiu Jitsu , boxing , wrestling , Muay Thai , Judo ,Samba , Shuai_jiao , and some karate and Tai Kwon Do work . But the first 7 are the most effective. Btw I'm a 1st stripe white belt in BJJ been doing it for a year and a half . Love it .

  19. The main problem with most martial arts training now is that it is way too structured. All it takes is someone with an off/no-style, like a brawler/berserker style, and most of what is taught just falls apart. Many of them don't know what to do against a grapple, and practically none deal with multiple opponents.

  20. I first started learning self defense in highschool in the early 1970's and in my last year I started studying Tang Soo-Do. During my first tour in South Korea I continued my Tang Soo-Do plus started taking Yoo-do. During my second tour I studied Hapki-Do. When sparring I used a mix of my training and one night in a bar I had to use it. Didn't want to but I also didn't want to get hit on the head with a full bottle of beer. I left without a scratch and the other guy made all kinds of threats towards me. One of the threats he made was when he came back to the village he was going to bring his brothers etc. News of what happened was all over the village. On his next visit he was by himself and nothing happened. That was in February 1980. The next time I used my training was in 1981 just before I ETSed. Walked by a derelict soldier and he struck me in the back for no apparent reason. After picking himself up off of the floor he started apologizing. You can also use your tone of voice as a defensive weapon.

  21. Just a tip to everyone training for self defense. If you have a strategy for a street fight set up in your head, make sure it includes you getting hit in the face. Real life is not a movie and sometimes the other person might just hit you first so be prepared to practice your techniques in a dazed state. Always prepare for the worst.

  22. This guy thinks after a couple of lessons he's mastered aikido. As a university student I had recently taken my 5th national bronze medal in judo with a 7 year wrestling background and a 12 year judo career. While working in Waikiki a shoplifter came in to the store I was working and after trying to fight the store manager, I went to help and threw him to the ground and held him in and armbar until the police came. In all honesty, I surprised myself with how using judo was like second nature and how effective it was. So take it from the small asian guy, if you train properly it can work. BTW the shoplifter was 6' and about 180lbs. I'm 5'6" and 130lbs.

  23. DUMBASS BUY A GUN.. YOUR SHITTY PLACE.. NO MARTIAL ARTS WILL HELP.. EVEN NOT BJJ OR WHAT EVER.. BUT MY GUESS IS YOU DO IT FOR THE LIKES AND SUBSCRIBES.. TRUTH HURTS WRIGHT 🙏🙏🙏

  24. Real talk: the "Punch and Run" technique is the best tactic ever. Even Sun Tsu wrote about that in The Art of War, in which if you're fighting against a force larger than your own, you have to attack and retreat constantly. Like how the Viet Cong did it.

  25. This is why wrestlers come across as being "tough-headed:" Somebody who does offseason too can get around 100+ matches each year. Their sport all but requires them to compete all the time, full-contact. By the time a first season wrestler is done, he's had more competitive matches behind him than most other fighters get in a lifetime.

  26. Well, I dunno how say this so ill be honest…I love fighting so much that during sparring we always at least have bloody knuckles or if lucky broken bones, my best street fight was during the night in an alley. It's was a mugger I believe, it was so much fun beating him to near death (I study silat if your wondering, I want to learn all silat) the mugger was wearing a hoodie with jeans, he looked kindda muscular I can't confirm it was dark.

    DONT FOLLOW MY CHOICE OF LIFE PEOPLE

    I love to fight but its not like MMA. Hah, those fighters are good some are even legends. But only a few of them experience a real fight, the thrill of your face being punch the bruise of your body, cuts and etc

    Im not saying that im undisputed, I also bite more than I can chew, but the fight was fun. That is all im saying

    To me fighting is fun

  27. "I train in as many arts as possible. I'm constantly learning all the time. Once you stop being a student, you stop growing."
    Dan Inosanto

  28. well the one and only time I got attacked I kicked my opponent twice, once in the groin and once in the head, seemed kind of effective because I went out of that situation alive and without any injuries. So I think my 7 years of Kung Fu and Sanda training sort of payed of lol

  29. BJJ… don't make me laugh. Training to roll around on the ground with some hepatisis bag who wants your wallet. K u do that.

  30. Thank you for your frank appraisal. I've been a non-training adherent of Aikido for many years, but could never express my disappointment with it, as I thought this would be an insult to the decades of dedication and discipline of the other students, my instructors, and theirs. Having said that, the philosophy and spirit of Aikido taught me many things about myself, other people and the world, and showed me where to find peace and harmony. I think I'm now ready to move on.

  31. I did Taekwondo and I had been training for a good time now, one belt below red. A kid attacked me one day, he tackled me. We never had much real world connections in class so I was just running in panic adrenaline mode. I brought both of us to our feet, and I punched him in the stomach. He walked away in pain, and at the time I thought, cool, but if someone much bigger and stronger came up to me they could have easily done extreme harm to me. Then I came across BJJ the first night I was rolling with guys way heavier and way older than me, but I'm pretty tall now so most of em were shorter than me. In Taekwondo we rarely ever sparred but that is what I always wanted to do. BJJ is not only super fun, a great workout, and a way to make friends, it is a great way to protect yourself. Stay safe

  32. You forget, when yo fight a group of people, you must decide if you are going to fight, then fight, speed is paramount to defeating your opponent. Once you had the first guy down you still had four more to go, at this point they know you will fight, so your only option is to strike fast and deadly shots to the eyes as many as you can. A nail scratch across the eye is all you need for now your opponent might not go down, but it gives you time to either instantly go to the third man and go for a crotch kick or nose blow. It is best to run or talk your way out of a fight but when a fight is inevitable, speed in your strikes is of the upmost importance. You had the hitting training you just need the street training.

  33. I always felt like eastern martial arts are bullshit, boxing is all you need someone grabs you and asks for your phone, break his fuckin jaw that's all u need.

  34. I always asked myself why MMA fighters don't use Karate, Kun-fu, Krav maga or Akaïdo if they are so efficient like their instructor say…

  35. Does anyone know what the film is, with Elijah Wood? It's not the only time he uses clips from the film, but I don't know what it is?

  36. Only small percent of population are able and have birth talents to fight … but all depends … i know people around , if they decide to destroy you nothing will save you from disaster . Natural strenght , size , quickness and all that stuff …
    some of best recognised martial artists sad that they will rather run and try to avoid figt with two or more than two attackers …
    You just need to act naturally , more self confidence and everyday train condition and endurance ..
    I personally lost fight only bcs i lost breath , lost gas … like any other sport , need to be beast prepared … workout …
    Most important is to train dead lifting … forget all other … and build striking ability … try to spar werry often , ask bigger and stronger guys to train and spar with you …
    and at last , as bruce lee said “ i cant vrestle and grapple them cause im small , i will try to finish it with one or two punches “ …
    One judo master told me “ if you re stronger , no strenght you need , but if you re weaker you will never get enough power, go to your own funeral , judokan feels betther with legs in the air than common man with legs on sofa”

  37. Okay guys just to make something clear … Martial arts are made to be effective in fights and beautifull in tricking, boxing is not a martial art it's a martial sport it is effective and devistating if the boxer can defend from kicks tkdowns throws n sweeps, hope you understoos smt from my messy typing

  38. Learns to run away, but then takes up a martial art where you're all bunched up on the ground with one opponent.

    😉

  39. It sounds like you didn't really want to fight and valued not getting hurt over hurting someone else. That's the natural (and intelligent) response if you're outnumbered. It would have been interesting if you wanted to hurt them and didn't even think about getting hurt like if you relished fighting with both rage and enjoyment (mixed with stimulants.) I've hear that the best offense is the best defense, but having a 'self-defense' mindset, you are going to be default risk averse… and that makes sense because you don't know what they've got up their sleeves… and then, of course, there's always the guy that comes at you out of nowhere from outside your field of vision while you're preoccupied with the other ones.

  40. The title of this video is dumb. This video itself is also dumb. The author is dumb for making such a video. Martial arts works. It's the fault of the teachers and/or organizational systems that make it fail. Most martial arts all have tried and true techniques, but obviously real-life experience is required. To intentionally make such a sweeping generalization of martial arts is not only false but ignorant. Ever heard of Muay Thai? BJJ? Judo? Boxing? Kickboxing? MMA? Krav Maga? Most military's adopt techniques from various arts to form their own system…which is thus, a martial art.

  41. martial art that don't encourage the use of anything available to defend yourself is a lie and full of shit. use your head to but, knees, elbows, kick, punch, choke, everything is allowed even weapons. muay thai is the only thing that I found that come close to this. it should be train not for sport but to seriously harm your opponent other wise it fails as a defense. bjj submissions are useful if your taken down but full body striking is the true defense.

  42. I don't believe you….if you trained as much as you said you did, plus hitting the bag for hours you would have hit that guy twice at least….a combination of some sort would have been your strategy….you wouldn't plan a strategy of hitting someone one time…..no martials arts teaches that….you are fraud.

  43. Boxing kickboxing wrestling jui jitsu and muy tai are the only realistic fighting styles. Anything else will get you fucking killed against a trained fighter

  44. boxers are the best strikers. there is a reason bruce lee came to amercia and was getting beat up by these tall white boys

  45. You have the technique but not the "guts" fear is part of the brain so you need to practice how to fight with not fear to been hit but to accept that you will be hit ,to be able to work your body.many will freeze to spot by fear is common

  46. Man, I feel the same way. For years I trained in fake martial arts but then got exposed once I stepped into an MMA gym. I would love to meet you some day. If you ever need help with cinematography please let me know.

  47. Personally, I'm training in a form of Mixed Martial Arts. To be more specific mine is a combination of traditional karate and American Karate, with the addition of proper self-defense training. I spar regularly and aginst black belts or near black belts. most are my height or a little taller. I do best with self-defense and I know this because I do it against my instructers and I put them on the floor if that's what is called for(and yes they do provide great resistance). I am very grateful for my training and hopefully, I don't have to use it, but if I do I have it.

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  49. Bro this guy is racist every time he talks about guys attacking and gangs he shows clips of black guys…I can bet my life this guy can't fight if anyone Cann set it up I'll fight him I trained in muay Thai for seven so I hope you accept my challenge you fraud

  50. I'm guessing the thumbs down are from those who read the title as: "WHY Martial Arts Don't Work", rather than "Why Martial Arts DON'T Work".

  51. When I was in Junior High I beat someone that was two grades ahead of me punching him in the solar plexus. I was just using a white belt punching drill from my Taekwondo class. I fought off a drunk by punching his wind out, kicking him in the lips, which knocked him out. But, I worshipped boxing, and getting jumped by huge groups of people was a thing in my city. You will know what to do when your health or life are what's getting stolen.

  52. Thought long and hard about replying or not, but here goes:
    Martial Arts is what you make it to be. It depends on your morphology, your instinct, speed, timing, situational awareness, and intention.
    People talk about how it's to defend yourself, and in the same sentence will also type how you must test it in real fights. Ironic, how using self defense techniques to 'test' their effectiveness in real fights is well… not quite self defense. True self-defense, self-preservation, is avoiding the fight to begin with. That means understanding combat techniques in order to judge the capability of potential aggressors, situational awareness in whether you can be cornered and/or use exit routes to avoid being encircled, and also means understanding that not attracting attention is 95% of the part. The other 5% is about ending the fight as quickly as possible, and if that means running, or bringing out a lethal weapon (firearm by preference) then so be it. If you're caught in a situation where it's Fight-or-Die CQC, then you're already in a shit situation and all the preparation you could've done prior, has been for naught. In such a situation, only instinct and muscle memory can save you now, and hopefully through the adrenaline rush and the panic you're still cognitively aware to avoid being too badly hurt without getting tunnel visioned/flanked.

    Modern "Martial Arts", that is to say, everything that involves sport competition (UFC included) will always be a sport, and a way to flatter one's ego by winning shiny circular pieces of metal, occasionally a metal cup on a piece of wood – deluding yourself that this signifies greatness or skill. That's OK, everyone goes through that phase. Whether or not you leave that phase is a personal choice. If that's how you define 'your' "Martial Art", that's totally fine, and people/gyms make money out of that business. For others, the martial art is the journey of self-discipline and rigor, and that's fine too. How a person elevates martial techniques to fulfill their subjective artistic expression, is what makes the 'art' art.

    As for the true fight-or-die ultimate martial art? It's called join the military, do a couple combat tours, and realize that the 'ego' (latin) / one person by themselves is nothing.

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