For people saying that one should train so these techniques can be applied instantly, great. But how do you do that? The only way you can realistically do that is by subjecting yourselves to the same kind of rigorous practice that the full contact sports demand- you have to face someone who wants to punch your face into a bloody pulp, is probably more experienced than you and (if you're training in a school and not in an actual ring fight) is probably in another weight class than you.
Well said. If someone is serious about the martial aspect, that someone better be sparring every day against someone who isn't pulling punches. When I had a brief encounter with wu shu training, we were taught to punch and kick at 30% force but without pulling
anything back. This was a critical skill to develop because it was this skill that allowed one to punch someone and potentially leave a bruise or a scratch without killing or seriously damaging health when sparring.
So something like a tail kick seems like a cool move, but in practice you have to have that tail kick pre-programmed in your mind and ready to go at the slightest hint of an opponent's intention to kick you. I actually succeeded at it during sparring but imagine this... I was just wasting my time, missing opportunities while getting punched in the face and guts, because I was waiting for my opponent to kick me so I could practice my tail (counter) kick. Obviously this is not very efficient to say that least.
So in a real fight I'll never use a flashy move like a tail kick. And a tail kick only has one fluid movement/step to it and not three or more.
I also realized that I don't have any dedication to the art, so I quit it.
I kept coming home tired and bruised every night fighting people... Sure I was learning a lot, but I can't do it all. All the best people in my class practiced many hours every day
and not just during the martial arts club meetings which occurred three times a week. Putting in an effort that intense and focused just to learn to beat people wasn't for me.
So, yeah, be internal. But make sure that all of your "internal power" can actually have an impact on the external world, and not just in the universe of your mind.
Well said. Sparring is essential. I suggest all the internal people try to spar against a real boxer or a kick boxer and see if you can last more than 3 seconds. Anything less is just not being honest with yourself.
Of course if the martial aspect is not essential for you, that's fine. But if you still think your internal art is a martial one, try it out against real fighters and don't be living in delusion.
Edited by goldisheavy, 06 August 2011 - 09:22 AM.
You will attain whatever you set your mind to attain. No maybe about it. It's only a question of when.