Why Learning To Fight May Matter More Than Learning To Shoot

At my heart, I’m a gun guy. I’ve been fascinated by the things for decades now. Every since I first pulled the trigger on my dad’s Smith & Wesson .38, I’ve been a gun guy, even if I didn’t actually know anything about them.

However, while studying conflict through the years and trying to figure out the best way for a person to train to stay alive and safe, I came to the conclusion that they’re just not as important in many ways as some of us like to think. Don’t get me wrong, if you need a gun, you need a gun. There’s no real substitute for a gun in many circumstances.

That said, the truth is that shooting is actually way down on the list of priorities. Continue reading “Why Learning To Fight May Matter More Than Learning To Shoot”

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Thoughts on Martial Arts

I think about a lot of things.  One of them has been trying to determine which martial art truly is “the best.”  This is a challenge that has been taken up time and again, and even served as something of a premise for UFC 1.

Photo by Edward Dalmulder
Photo by Edward Dalmulder

Yesterday, something occurred to me about the effectiveness of martial arts.

When someone is considering a martial art, many will wonder how effective it is “on the street.”  They want to know if the art will work in a real fight outside of a sports setting.

Many instructors, with the utmost sincerity, will say that what they teach has real applications in an actual fight.  Some may actually regale you with tales of them or their students whooping up on someone who decided to start something with the wrong person.  The thing is, they may well be telling the truth.

Does that mean that art is the best, though? Continue reading “Thoughts on Martial Arts”