Of COURSE combat has evolved! Has WARFARE evolved?
Okinowan masters used to throw punches chambered at thier hips. This gave them more power because of added distanct and counter motion in the chambering hand. A boxers punch is superior in that the power generated is virtually the same. The guarding hand stays high to protect. It has added reach because you turn your heel and move your hips. It has less distance to travel to hit the target.
Look at grappling. Movements are being developed ALL THE TIME. Many kneelocks found in Sambo are found NOWHERE else.
Pankration is not what people would have us believe. A few old drawing are not indicative of a system.
Look at how many things that were practiced in the past that are obviously ineffective:
Unrealistic wristlocks: They never work. We all know this, yet they were taught to many of us as fact. They only work 1% of the time unless under very controlled conditions.
Multiple attackers: Again, fantasy.
Chi for self defense: Do you have any idea how many men were SLAUGHTERED during the Boxers Rebellion because they were told their Chi could protect them from bullets? Look it up sometime.
SUPPOSEDLY the first martial art was Kung Fu(bullshiit), which was derived from breathing excersises. Well if Kung Fu was derived from breathing excersises are you telling me that breathing excersises are as potent as Kung Fu? Or has it EVOLVED into something greater?
Rick Clark, 1989 Inside Karate magazineQuote:
Kata was designed by warriors who depended upon their skill in the martial arts to stay alive. when a warrior performed a kata, it was for his benifit; each movement practiced was a technique designed to incapacitate his opponent. Individual techniques were performed just as they would be executed in a combat situation
Hmmmm....it seems that our way of thinking and using techniques has evolved alot over the last 10 YEARS, let alone the last hundred.
Ancient weaponry that was practiced years ago, like the Naginata or Katana, are useless today. Our weaponry had EVOLVED. I used those 2 for a reason. Dont bring up other weapons that are commonly seen today.
I dont know how old some of you are, im not that old myself, but when I was a child it was considered TERRIBLE to hit an opponent while he was down. You either wrestled him or waited until he got up. ALL things evolve.
Some very nerdy people like to believe that the "Old Timers" were the best. They could beat ANY champion of today! This comes from a psychological need humans have to believe in superheroes.
Lets make an analogy: Do you think yesterdays skateboarders are better than todays? There are only so many ways to ride a board, after all..... Its ridiculous to think they even APPROACH the skill of todays skateboarders. A silly analogy but an effective one nonetheless.
Look at Karate fighters who claimed for YEARS they could fight off 2 or 5 thugs at a time. We know now that this is B.S.. ESPECIALLY the way they SAID they could. And yes, this includes all the people you respect from waaaay back. Look around and you can see photos of Kenpo masters performing an eagle claw strike, a groin kick and a throat punch simultaneously on three attackers.....<img src=icon_smile_wink.gif border=0 align=middle>
....nah.......we havent evolved since then....
"Do not become entranced by impractical or useless movements. Do not be categorized as one who "Learns all there is to know about less and less until he ends up learning everything there is to know about nothing." -Ed Parker
Edited by - PeedeeShaolin on September 07 2002 12:34:21