4 Sources of Real Combat Knowledge

When it comes to martial arts training, the relationship between trainer and trainee is based on a give and take of knowledge. When observing the concept of violence, it can be defined by using four main sources of knowledge.. Reason, tradition, experience and entertainment & recreation are the four sources..


Generally speaking, experience happens to be a major source of knowledge. This is because it assists in knowing the difference between speculation and truth.. It also allows for the passing on of tips, outlooks and limitations in a way that just guessing cannot do. In martial arts for self defense, however, experience has its fair share of restrictions. To start off, there are not many instructors with experience in overcoming violent situations making it hard to find masters of the arts. Also, how one sees violence will depend upon each person’s reaction to violent. Because of this, despite what people may think, the more one is exposed to violence, the more one realizes he does not know what to expect. With martial arts can be limited when it comes to practicing..


Reason tends to be quite weak when it comes to a source of knowledge and defining what violence is.. This is because not everything that makes sense is true.. In martial arts, many instructors try to build on the findings of others but end up with results that don’t match. As many martial artists may have experienced, it is sometimes easier to break 4 bricks with one chop, but tougher to chop through a piece of wood. On the other hand, reason can be found in many areas of styles within the matrix, even more so in the self-defense theorizing area. This can be understood with the approaches of “Resources Forwards” and “Goals Backwards.”. In regards to Resources Forward the person will observe what they have and then decide what can be done.. Observing the problem and creating the resources is Goal Backwards.. But one should always keep in mind that, when used on its own as a source, reason can be minimized to nothing more than theory.


Tradition plays a crucial role in understanding violence. A brief overview of the history of murder and deaths resulting from warfare reveals that the environments where martial arts flourished were far more violent than those in modern and contemporary times. That is, combat arts arose as a result of the ancient understanding of violence and were taught to generations, becoming traditions in the process. These play a major role in how to learn martial arts.

Entertainment and Recreation:

Because of their entertainment nature, the TV, movies, and sports events have been unrealistic sources for knowledge due to the dramatic and perfect settings they provide. In reality, violence does not unfold this way. This is due to three main factors: the element of surprise, vulnerability, and the absence of rules & safety regulations.

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