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Rai

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I don't believe I have the time or inclination to learn "the basics of everything".

Machete, between professional MMA/boxing, strength and conditioning coaching, and military combat training and combat tours overseas, I would say you have played all the major martial classes...

If you decided to "accept risk" by doing 100 kicks instead of doing 100 knife/gun takeaways, I think your in a position of "informed risk taking".

I think people just starting out in martial arts (or really all people) should get some experience with a short self defense program like CrossFit Defense and/or Krav Maga Level 1).

For those that want to continue, I recommend doing the MMA standards of BJJ/MT/Wrestling for a year or so. Get about 40 hours/classes each of ground rolling, kickboxing, and some competitive takedown art like wrestling/judo.

From there, they should be able to make very informed decisions on their training. You should be able to smell martial arts BS pretty well by then.

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Actually, both (boxing and grappling five guys) are possible. Not realistic or practical, but possible.

 

Personally, I think it's better to be a master of a few things than it is to jump around attempting to achieve Ultimate Mediocrity. Most great people are known for that one or two things they are good great at, and experts in any field are almost always specialists. I'm not saying being a jack-of-all-trades, man-for-all-seasons is a bad thing, though I think the current generation of shortening attention spans is what makes it more appealing these days.

 

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The only way anyone can successfully defeat multiple opponents is with pure luck.

I can guarantee of i got 4 friends and attacked you that you would get out of safely. Not a dig at your skill it's just that its near impossible outside the realm of luck.

 

It's not impossible by any stretch.  That being said, the chance of success has very little to do with the martial art that the defender trained, and far more to do with the defenders situational and spatial awareness.  There's a reason military tactics/strategy teach luring larger forces into choke points, using terrain to your advantage, and things of that nature.  They apply just as well to a guy fighting on the street as they do to an army fighting anywhere in the world.  

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It's not impossible by any stretch.  That being said, the chance of success has very little to do with the martial art that the defender trained, and far more to do with the defenders situational and spatial awareness.  There's a reason military tactics/strategy teach luring larger forces into choke points, using terrain to your advantage, and things of that nature.  They apply just as well to a guy fighting on the street as they do to an army fighting anywhere in the world.  

 

If you don't outnumber the enemy at least 3 to 1, run away (i.e. Break Contact). - US Army

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And here we are arguing about which art is best and original poster has probably picked up aikido because none of them acted like apes in this thread, and is happily training wristlocks wearing hakama

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And here we are arguing about which art is best and original poster has probably picked up aikido because none of them acted like apes in this thread, and is happily training wristlocks wearing hakama

So which art is best?

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And here we are arguing about which art is best and original poster has probably picked up aikido because none of them acted like apes in this thread, and is happily training wristlocks wearing hakama

If he enjoys Aikido, more power to the original poster. After I finish my tour with the MMA standards, I'll probably join him. Hakama's are awesome.

Or I might join the mail order ninja program at http://ninjutsu.com/because who doesn't want to be a ninja.

Rolling around with sweaty guys, building up traumatic brain injuries, and getting my thighs turned into hamburger is not how I want to spend the rest of my life, just the next few years.

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If you don't outnumber the enemy at least 3 to 1, run away (i.e. Break Contact). - US Army

 

Ahh, but how you beak contact can make a huge difference!  Which is yet another aspect of situational awareness.  

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Ahh, but how you beak contact can make a huge difference!  Which is yet another aspect of situational awareness.  

 

We only had one way of breaking contact--one side covers, one side moves. (Why I used id est, instead of exempli gratia.)

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