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Martial Arts for Boaters

Posted by Don Weiss on February 18, 2017 at 3:50 AM

Not all martial arts are created equally :D

Many of today's martial arts/self defense teachings have a sporting base, or a health/hobby aspect to them. It does not make them 'wrong' or less useful, but it is important to understand the reasons for many of the movement patterns and training methodologies.

Karate, Judo. MMA are basically sporting endeavors. They build great attributes (fitness, competitiveness, etc) but are not meant for close combat (as in a confined space aboard a small vessel or on a deck littered with obstacles).

My own opinion, based on 20+ yrs of NSW experience and 40 yrs of training, is that the martial arts of the Hakka people of China (Bak Mei. Yau Kung Mun, Lung Ying) and some of the Wing Chun styles are suitable. Also, the arts of Silat (noticeably American Kun Tao Silat, although many others qualify) and Kali/Escrima (and Libre Fighting) can work well, provided the instruction is adapted to the close confines commonly found. The reason I like these arts (and practice them) is that they are still combatively used in many parts of the world, and have not been 'modified' for a kinder, gentler society.

Another recent method is Target Focus Training, taught by Tim Larkin and Chris Ranck-Buhr, with some very good principles and training methodologies, that help increase your effectiveness in using 'traditional' martial arts.

There are other methods (including WWII Combatives) that I consider good, too, but not enough time to list and explain them all here 8)

Any questions, comments - drop me a line at [email protected] com and I'll be glad to discuss them - or use the forum here.

Don


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