Differences between self-defence course & studying amartial art
Yes, there are obvious answers to this, such as the syllabus for a self-defence course is significantly shorter and encompasses far fewer techniques than a fully-fledged martial arts course. Casting around on the interwebz for more info mainly turns up essays on the sports vs str33t debate, so as a readily available pool of experts I turn the question over to you guys!
I know we have instructors who both teach martial arts and run self-defence courses and I'd like to know if/how your approaches differ between the two when it comes to:
- What techniques you teach (this is probably a no-brainer)
- How these techniques are presented & taught to the class
- How the techniques are tested... Do you spar or closely simulate a non-scripted confrontation situation in your SD course? Or do you have prescribed attacks against which participants must defend themselves?
- Do the class sizes vary much between SD participants and MA students?
This is probably the biggest and most difficult to answer - how would you define "competency" in SD vs MA? What skills would a person need to possess in order to be considered competent in one or both of these things?
Whew! Quite a broad topic to cover here. Any information or opinions on just one question or the whole shebang will be greatly appreciated.