Recently I watched a video where the host of the video commented that he wanted a martial art / training that allowed him to deal with a trained killer.
What does that mean, what IS a trained killer?
Is a trained killer a person with military training?
… or maybe police training?
… how about a streetfighter?
… or a martial artist?
What do you consider a “trained killer”? Do you think your training would keep you safe against this trained killer?
Let’s look at this more closely. I have worked with many solders over the years and I can tell you that their training (at least hand-to hand) is NOT what people would think. Pound for pound, most of my orange belts would best many of the solders I have trained with. Solder, trained killer, yes but in hand-to-hand or self-defence… not really. Now if we are talking elite level solders, ie Special Forces, etc. then that changes the equation. Their training, while better than the average solder, is still not what you would expect. What really sets these people apart from the rest is their mind set. The do or die type of mindset. We will talk about this more in a bit.
How about the police. Really, they are very similar to the military but with a focus put on subdue and restrain. BUT the level of training they receive is, once again, not what you would expect. Trained yes, hand-to-hand / self-defence… not really, trained killer no.
Streetfighter. Formal training or no these people have learned the hard way. They have taken the hits and done what it takes to survive. Trained killer… maybe. Many of these “street fights” have only been in fights with people much less capable, and likely much smaller, then them. Many are more bullies than anything but some can be very capable and very dangerous.
What about a martial artist? Well much like a street fighter this really depends on their training. What martial art do they do? How long have they been training? Do they train for fun, fitness and/or self-defence? Being a black belt in martial art in karate, tae kwon do, akido, judo, jiu-jitsu… does NOT make you a trained killer, though this is often the public’s perception of a black belt. What about me, I’m a 4th degree black belt in Jukoshin Ryu Jiu-jitsu with over 18 years of martial arts experience! Some would say yes I would quality as a “trained killer” and others would laugh, shake their heads, and say no.
How about UFC fighters? Most trained people are going to have a hard time dealing with any UFC professional fighter. Trained killer… likely. BUT what about somebody like Bas Rutten (if you don’t know who he is, look him up)? Trained killer… YES. How many of the current UFC champs would be able to stand up to Bas is a street fight, no rules, no referee… ? My guess would be not many.
SO what does this all mean? Well first off “trained killer” is a matter of your view point, relative to your training level. If you don’t have much training, the bar is fairly low, lots of training and the bar will be higher. Does what you train in have an effect, yes… and no. There are some martial arts that are much better for self-defence than other but I’m not going into that debate here. It is very possible for somebody to be in a solid self-defence martial art style, could have a black belt and still not be able to defend themselves. It is also possible for somebody to be in a martial art style that is lacking and still be very effective.
At a base level, what makes somebody good at self-defence is the same thing that makes somebody a “trained killer”… the willingness to do what it takes to win. Don’t get me wrong, training does play a role, but it’s not enough, if you’re not willing to do what it takes to win.
Next week I should have a new video for you!
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