Is American MA training too laxed?
Hi, I'm Jesse, 17, with 11 years of Okinawan Go Ju Ryu Karate Do under my belt. I would be Shodan ranking but due to financial reason I had to leave 1 test before my black belt test. But sometimes I doubt that the "Black belt" means anything in modern day American Karate Training.
When I first started out in my dojo, it was amazing. We would spar and do form equally, constantly trying to work our practical MA skill. As time rolled though, the Dojo seemed to get more and more lazy, and more and more about the money, Don't get me wrong, the training was really good, but seemed to start more so focusing on competition than street practicality. Kata and Kobudo would be the main basis of the class, and we would spar only 3 times every 2 months or so when I was last there.
Reason's like this, if a lot of Dojos work like this, is a good reason why a good MA would get there ass beat by a street "washing machine" fighter. If a training is too lax and worried about competing, the student's have a hard time adapting to a real fight. I was like that when I sparred an outside, street fighter who was one of my friends. I was a great fighter, but I was so used to "Start!-Hit!-Stop!" and being stiff and using competition fighting strategy that I didn't do as well as I could have.
If Dojo's would take a week or so out of training and do pad-less sparring (mouth guard and jock cup are exceptions), and "Practicality Training" MA's would be much better equiped to defend themselves. "Practicality Training" is what my Senpai used to teach, he would show us how to utilize what we know against typical "street fight" techniques suuch as wide hooks( he loved condoning when the OPPONENT used them, made his job easier) and how to defend against them rather than just Straight forward Karate styled punches.
Please if you've experinced or seen a Dojo that has potential, but is too laxed, POST. And if you agree with "Pratical Training" and Pad-less sparring, please voice ALL opinions.