In case you didn't know, traditional martial artists trained to fight actual battles against various (and more often armed) well-trained opponents. These styles emerged from cultures where the styles were actually used in combat on the battlefield. At times many people forget this and train to fight tournaments or one poorly trained (if at all) opponent at a time. There are still a few traditional martial artists out there who have preserved their fighting skills, here is how you find one to fight:
Go to Okinawa, Japan. Go to the area around Kadena Air Force Base, which has a lot of clubs and bars and activity. You will need to find a police officer, in Okinawa there are two kinds: there are the younger guys with the guns (they can't use their guns unless you have one), and there are the old crusty men with no guns. To be one of the latter you have to be a 10th degree black belt, and these are the ones you will want to look for. I have witnessed one of these old guys lay out four service-members in a "fight" that lasted less than five seconds. Find one of them (cut your hair military-style to invoke his dislike of service-members), and challenge him. You will see what kind of fighting ability traditional martial arts training provides when the training is real.
p.s. Good luck.
· 1 decade ago