Serious Questions About CMA Exercises
I'm interested in CMA, but I've some serious questions to ask before I pursue my interest any further. Please bear with me if some of the questions are silly, but I think it's important to understand as much as I can at this stage. Anyway, here we go...
Strengthening drills and other exercises. Is there any point to performing strengthening drills such as those in the videos below? At first glance, the exercise in the first video seems horrible for your teeth!
Patterns/forms. Please have a look at the video below. What is the benefit of this form of training? Is this relevant to CMA as a technique for serious fighting? Does it have a place in today's CMA?
Drills and sparring. What should I expect in terms of sparring and application of technique against opponents? I saw some of the Wushu Masters videos, and that seemed like pretty practical stuff - see Video 4 for reference. Video 5 shows a different kind of application and a sort of 'simulated sparring' if that makes sense. Is there any value to the training shown in Video 5? Should I ever bother with a CMA school/instructor who doesn't spar to some degree of contact?
That about covers my questions for now. Any answers would be very appreciated. Hopefully there's no such thing as a silly question!