Many assumptions by some folks.
Jason Potenza wrote:
Like i have always said, KNOWLEDGE IS NOT POWER, THE ABILITY TO APPLY YOUR KNOWLEDGE, ESPECIALLY UNDER PRESSURE, IS TRUE POWER!
Exactly. Very concisely put.
Training only helps how one operates under pressure to a point. It is by no means irrelevant to the development of effective skills, but there are many, many other factors that are equally, if not more important and are not necessarily trained in any martial arts dojo if we are talking about self defence in the real world.
Some things can be trained, others need a different type of stimulus to improve.
And the reason there are different styles is because different human beings have different takes and approaches on what amounts to the same elements that affect the human condition. There is nothing new under the sun, just different takes on the same old themes.
The only reason I made the comment is because some may think MA training may equate directly to self defence training. In reality there are a few other factors that come into play that are not taught in the vast majority of dojo, and it has nothing to do with techniques or fighting skills. That is the easy part.
Take 10 folks from any martial art or training method, put them in identical real life danger or pressure situations and you will get a variety of results even though training methods may be identical. Pressure tends to have an interesting way of showing us who we really are, outside of the delusions and protection of the dojo.