Well, isn't that what WTF competition is? I always heard it called semi-full-contact, as opposed to just straight point-sparring. I could be wrong, but I thought the reason it was called that was because it was full force but with a lot of target restrictions...
"Non-fighting benefits? My school taught breakfalls as well, and living
in Wisconsin I've used those more often than I've been in fights, it seems. **** ninjas, what about icy sidewalks?! I'm also grateful for the confidence it gave me through my teenage years and as a young adult. I even learned basic fitness as a kid from my Taekwondo class. No physical education class in high school would've taught me those stretches and training drills."
And reading some of the other answers people have given has made me realize some of the other obvious non-fighting aspects too. Like a lot of the respect that I learned. My first school really helped to shape my moral compass as well, and part of that was probably the age I started at. And of course, that a black belt isn't as bad ass as it always seemed as a kid. Like everybody else here, I've been exposed to the 4th dan kids and myself have sparred people who had a high rank that translated to a whole lotta nothing when it came down to it.
I learned that doing forms with incense burning doesn't make the form any better, but does cause you to cough when breathing heavy.
The best any school can do is enforce rules of behaviour as they pertain to the sport or discipline they practice,to ensure you last long enough doing it as not to be an nuisance,and at least make it clear why you need to walk out when you insist on breaking\ignoring them.
Its not your Instructor´s job to make you into a decent human being.If youre a grown-up its nobody´s job but your own.
I think there's the wrong assumption being made here. I think a good MA instructor is just like a good coach. When you are growing up, you don't JUST rely on your parents to learn lessons. Can you not think back to some of the non-academic lessons you learned from teachers? Or from a really good boss at your first job? To say that you can only and should only learn some of these things in your own home is awfully limiting. I teach my daughter respect, but once she is in school and such then that means she'll be spending many hours away from me. I sincerely hope that the other adults she spends time with help reinforce such things. I hope that she has positive role models, and that I can find her a wonderful training hall when she's older where they can help teach courtesy, self-control, discipline... I see nothing at all wrong with that. I'm not passing the responsibility off, it's just that a child learns from the whole community and from all of society, not just their parents.
And yeah, growing up I needed something like MA to help guide me. Broken-home and never met my prisoner-for-life father. Without martial arts in my life when I was younger, I would probably be a much bigger piece of **** as an adult.
So nice way to be a fucking asshat, dude. Can we get back on topic instead of you rippin' into me for ****?
I learned that any decent gym should have a shower. 1 hour of forms and horse stances are one thing, but an hour of pads or rolling is quite another - especially after getting staph twice.
i think traditional martial arts are great for kids and even some adults at good schools.Some of my best students come from Okinawan karate.That being said If you want to learn to fight it is important to switch to MMA later I think about sixteen is the right age.Personally I have moral issues teching anyone younger then that joint destructions and chokes.