What works for one person may not necessarily work for another individual. Today our views about what is going to work in a fight is so debatable that it later becomes an argument rather than to share a wealth of knowledge to help someone to defend themselves. Most really dont care for all the high flashy moves that is shown in movies. Though much of what is seen on tv are usually flips, jumps, and twists that usually will not be used on a street fight. Most just want the practical and basic self defense and be able to fight off an offender.
Now a days not many seem to be too interested to know what Martial-Art organization will benefit them what they are looking for. Just be able to learn a martial art and perhaps it will change their lives. Many Martial-Art organizations are formed though they have roots of a style that shows the true art form of that Martial-Art that teaches self-defense.
Many schools out there are really usually in it for the money, if they are only teaching you simple basics, and to maybe where you can compete in a tournament just for show, rather to nececssarily go through the sweat and hard core training what is a Martial-Art. So many schools teach various of forms from many martial-art organizations, that even within branched organizations attempt to prove that their system is better, or will benefit the student to learn and study what is a true martial art form. Self-Defnese, Sparring, Competition, cage fighting, military martial-arts, and street fighting, are all different forms of what is Martial-Arts.
All styles come from the same source of the roots where the knowledge was passed on to or where it came from. If the school is a private or branched out organization, there is no tie to a mother country of that art form, other than to claim it is an American based system using the roots of that art form where it came from that origin of that country. Usually those type of schools will add on from other styles, to claim or to make you believe you will learn self-defense, when the classes are too easy, or not challenging enough to make you a real true martial artist. If you are expected to pay extra money to learn more of the martial art organization, though you will and could learn, but its really added extra income for the organization, and for the school to grow wealth and income.
Many schools with different organization names, really are there for either to put your money into their bank accounts, or are truly there to teach how to fight back. It all depends on the quality comparing the quantity of training you are getting. What ever the reason a person is learning that art form for, it all comes down what you will be taught, and if you are taught properly, that those moves you will be given lessons to put into practice, wll all depend how you are taught. One martial-art organization has an interpretation how a kick should be executed, when other styles are teaching you how to put force rather than speed, when speed naturally turns into power, as control only is for timing…while repetition is really about understanding how a move works.
Some schools appear to be slower than the traditional art form of the martial art what is originated from that country. Some schools of that art form dont properly teach how to turn your body into a weapon but to make your training easy and less stressful so you can enjoy the smoothness or softness of not being injured or harmed. This also counts when it comes to sparring if you are planning to compete in tournaments and put your skills to the test so you can observe what you have learned rather than to just experiment in the class.You must also beware of a school that promotes other belts, to claim it’s for the growth, and increase of knowledge in that organization that is teaching and benefiting the student. But in reality, it should take longer the extensive of time to be in that belt, before testing and moving on to the next rank, and if you are quickly being advanced to the next belt level, is a warning sign what quality from quantitiy you are getting from that organization. Especially if there is an extra cost to move on to the next supposedly required rank.
Remember, schools which teach Tae Kwon Do, all have different interpretations to what is Tae Kwon Do, and what that organization point of view is about that style in Tae Kwon Do. But who is your instructor, and where those teaching credentials to certifications come from, will determine if the instruction is elite, or was run and taught by a private organization. Schools that only focus to make you look good, rather than to not tell you or not to inform you what they dont for you to wish to know, are really are in it for the money. Many schools are good out there, but it all comes down to what instruction and how the training is given to that individual in that art form, and how credible the instructors moves are.
If you are sweating, and you are getting challenged, and you are not criticized to where your level is not reached your full potential, it is the wrong school. But if you are getting your money’s worth, and you are taught properly by that instructor, then what you will learn is and can be practical. Not to say that the instructor does not know a Martial-Art, but where the instruction came from, and is not there just to make a few extra dollars as a second job or full time job.
If you are not satisfied with the school where you currently are, and another school can offer you better, where you are pushed to over exceed your limit, and what you are looking for, and there is more to learn other than just being passed on to the next belt, then you are in the right place and what you have learned can and will work in the street. But if you are just being passed on to the next belt only because you paid to test for your next rank, and you are not being pushed to where the test was easy and the classes did not challenge you enough, to where the techniques you learned may not prepare you for the real world, which it comes down to in a street fight, then you are in the wrong place. Remember where you put your money’s worth where it counts, to learn to defend yourself and save your life.
Once you join up with a martial-art school, and you are not becoming the Martial-Artist where you should be in that style, and another school is turning real students into Champions, and their moves are better than yours, its probably best to leave the current dojo, and join a school where you are putting not only your time, but your money. So if it works, great, but the real test is what you use in the street, and if you were prepared for in real combat, whether you are preparing for competition or not, but if you are ready and you are confident that what you learned, then it is a real martial arts from that martial arts organization,where the roots of that style originally came from.
There is a root to all styles where it came from, but it all comes down to who is your instructor, and if that instructor skills is legit to what their title and their rank pressumbly says what and who they are to hold that rank. If they did not put into the time, but put their money to pass quickly, to speedily advance you in a rank you should have not earned, then that school is a “RED FLAG” and you should stay away from that school. It all depends how much experience, rather than the belt, and the patch of a certification level represents their real skills, in what is Martial-Arts, and to note the question, does it work?