Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Any one can spar if they are fresh the true test lies in being able to spar when you are totally exhausted. In the above video the students were already winded by a strenuous training session and then they were made to spar. Such training builds spirit, willpower and improves endurance. It is not easy to give your best when the body just wishes to rest.
This is BUSHI spirit!!!
Sparring is a very important aspect of training in any martial arts. Sparring should always be full contact, only then can a person be prepared for a realistic situation. I am against sport sparring as it reduces martial arts to a sport. Martial arts are the arts of war and since war was never a sport similarly martial arts can never be a sport too.
What is sparring?
Sparring or Kumite as it is called in Japanese is nothing but practice to fight. One needs to train regularly in it to be able to be good at it. Sparring uses or tests all the aspects of a martial artists training from his reflexes to his conditioning, from his focus to his endurance. It is the barometer on which one should mark their improvement. Sparring should always be full contact. That does not mean that you put new students in the ring and have them beat each other up causing both to get injured. The students should under go a descent level of training and conditioning to prepare him to be able to start sparring. Once in the ring it does not matter who you are against what matters is to give it your best shot for life gives us only 1 chance and one can not ask the attacker on the road for a re match. Regular training prepares you for that. Every person has his own distinct style or way he or she fights. When you train in sparring with varied partners the more you improve as you learn to adapt to the different styles of all the different partners.
Women should come forward and train in martial arts. It will train, prepare and build their confidence to tackle an eve teaser or chain or purse snatcher on the street. Moreover since we train in conditioning every part of the body it makes the bones more dense, thicker and strong. This will help in keeping osteoporosis at bay. Martial arts is also considered to be one of the best ways to achieve higher fitness levels and hence can also help those who wish to loose weight or get toned.
Do not try to spar without proper training and supervision of a trained instructor.
Posted by Farzaan Merchant at 11:24 PM
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Being attacked by a sharp edged weapon is a very serious situation and needs one to be very alert and focussed. The slightest wrong move could result in severe injury and in some cases even result in death. I always tell my students especially those who have trained with me for less than 2 -3 years that if attacked by a knife or any sharp edged weapon it is best to comply with the attacker. If he just wishes to rob you, trust me your life is more valuable than the cash you have on you. However if the situation comes to life and death then I guess everyone has the right to protect their life.
One has to put in hours of regular training to be able to react and counter attack in a real life situation. The techniques or the body movements should flow like water. Defending against a sharp edged weapon requires your complete attention on the now, the body will only respond if the training has been set into the reflexes for you do not have time to think and then act. An attack takes only a few seconds so we must be able to anticipate the attack, block it and counter attack all within the few seconds the attacker takes to attack. This is why one needs to practise for years and years ever improving their proficiency and forever striving to reach the mirage called perfection.
Do not try these techniques without supervision of an instructor in Unarmed Combat Training.
Posted by Farzaan Merchant at 10:01 AM
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Any Martial Art irrespective of style or its country of origin has always been used for real combat situations. Having trained under numerous teachers, I have great respect and gratitude towards all of them for teaching me the true path of the warrior. Am not in favor of making martial arts into sports for it spoils the true essence of any martial arts. Only if one trains the hard way with full contact conditioning of body parts like feet, shin, thigh, stomach, ribs, neck, fingers, knuckles, wrist, forearms, elbows, shoulders, back, head can he truly be ready for a realistic attack on the street. I am against violence or any form of street fighting but if you are training in martial arts you should train the true way the authentic way it was meant to be. Today so many martial artists do not train in body conditioning. We train in full contact body conditioning making every part of the body like rock. I have come across so many black belts from various martial arts who have never trained in conditioning, they get shocked when you ask them if they have been punched in the stomach or kicked on the thigh etc for conditioning. Training without full contact is like fooling yourself by consuming artificial sweeteners. Just like artificial sweeteners are very harmful similarly sport martial arts is not advisable. On the street there are no referees to give points or stop the fight, so if one does not train for a realistic situation there is a very good chance that one may not be able to defend oneself if attacked on the street.
Come train like a WARRIOR not like a SPORTSMAN.
Posted by Farzaan Merchant at 11:34 PM