In today’s world, it is difficult to find a martial arts school that actually teaches realistic self defense strategies designed to be performed by anyone. Most schools are nothing more than clubs which teach concepts used in sport fighting. Schools that teach their students to fight should not be misconstrued by the public as martial arts or self defense schools. Sport fighting guidelines are beneficial in their own right as they do promote competitive challenges and increase personal fitness levels. The problem in these arts is only if the instructor leads students to believe that they are learning self defense when in reality, they are not.
The potential problem with sport fighting:
Aggressive behaviour is needed in sport fighting to either knock the opponent out, or to achieve points. If there is not a sharp distinction between real life self defense and play/sport fighting then students will be put in a more dangerous condition than before they began their training. To teach an adult student to “fight” with an attacker may encourage him/her to develop a false sense of security. This could prove very dangerous against an aggressor who is stronger, more violent, or perhaps mentally impaired. The fact is that the student who adopts the concepts of “play-fighting” in a self defense situation will end up being seriously hurt, or perhaps even worse? Children who train in such arts, and who are led to believe that they are studying a self defense/martial art are often encouraged to become more aggressive. The notion of “fighting back” with someone who is aggressive will often lead to scholastic and social repercussions. At The Canadian Martial Arts Academy: At the CMAA we teach real life martial arts/self defense, and promote the concept of outsmarting a dangerous situation. Students are introduced to possible attacks and situations which could occur on the street, at school, or in many other places, and are educated on how to outsmart the scenario. Although the curriculum is based on powerful, innovative self defense strategies, and is formatted with battle proven martial arts techniques, the CMAA teaches that these techniques rely on thinking and assessing, rather than aggression, and fighting.