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  March 5, 2017

Whether to Emulate Success or Failure

Devotedly train a martial art for a year and then spar with someone who has only been training for a month. Choose someone young, athletic, strong, and keenly devoted to learning the basics.

Sparring with this sort of untrained person is like fighting a child. In Jiu Jitsu they will have no defense and will be mounted, choked, and joint locked at will. Neither will they have any attacking moves. They are a complete non-threat with nothing to show that isn't trivially avoided and reversed.

In kickboxing or Muay Thai, beginning fighters telegraph every strike, have no combinations, nor understand how they are open to counters and present so many undefended openings as to be indistinguishable from a punching bag.

We are not moralists. The only thing that matters in fighting is that a technique works.

No one cares if you leave yourself open for a mauling, or perform a technique poorly. You will merely lose, while skilled and disciplined players will prevail.

For as quickly as someone who has trained for a few months will be picked apart by a skilled practitioner, a random street fighter will fare still worse against a trained fighter.

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