If you think only which martial art you are learning is the best, probably you do not take the time to learn about other martial arts. From the outside, you can say things that might not be relevant.
When you study martial arts, you learn many things. That time you think what you are learning is highly effective. Yes, it can be effective for fighting with someone on the mat or for a competition. When you have to fight on the ground, I mean on the street, a lot of things will be changed.
The title of the post is why your Aikido will fail on the street. If you want to know exactly why it can fail on the street fight, I highly recommend watching this video. It is better to hear from experts of that particular martial art.
What I am going to say, it is not about any particular martial art. I will give a general view.
Maybe you are taught different movement that looks nice and feels good. Or sometimes you think it is too complicated. In a street fight, it is always better to keep it simple. The fact is, when you are attacked and you have to defend yourself, you are not going to remember all those movements or simply you don't like to use them because all you want is to defend yourself and move from there safely.
You might be sad when you see those moves are totally useless although you spend a lot of time learning that. When it comes to self defense, go back to basic. You can apply the basic and deal with the situation successfully.
Fighting in a match to be a champion is a sport. Fighting for self defense is for survival. It might look the same, but two different things, two different views, and two different end results.
So if you don't understand the difference between these two, and apply what works for self defense, your martial art will fail on the street. Thank you so much for reading this post. If you want to add something or express your thoughts, please comment below.
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