The martial arts are comprised of disciplines such as boxing, wrestling , karate, and judo, as well as some competitions in which all disciplines such as these are allowed. Some of the advantages of the martial arts training include improved physical fitness, increased mental discipline, and a better fighting ability.
Martial arts training, however, can have dangerous disadvantages. As martial arts students improve their fighting ability, for example, they often become overconfident. This is especially true of naïve, young males who often believe that the martial arts will give them the superhuman abilities that seem so apparent in Hollywood movies. Those martial arts actors, however, carefully choreograph their moves together, jump off trampolines and have their technique speed accelerated by running the video recording at a faster rate.
The naive overconfidence of young males can increase the chances that they will become involved in street fights. Even if young males have improved their fighting ability in competition where there are strict rules, street fights have fewer or even no rules.
As an example, in most of the marital arts competitions, groin strikes are not allowed, and contestants often wear groin cups to protect themselves from accidental groin strikes. In street fights, however, the combatants probably will not be wearing these protective cups and this prohibition against groin strikes probably will not be honored.
There are many other very vulnerable areas of the body that martial arts competition rules protect by safety equipment and by prohibitions against attacking these areas. Street fights do not have these safeguards.
As second example, in most martial arts competitions, the contest starts when the referee begins the fight. In a street fight, however, the fight can start unexpectedly with a fight ending sucker punch.
As a third example, martial arts competitions do not allow contestants to be drunk or on illegal drugs such as meth amphetamine or PCP. Street fighters, however, might be drunk or on illegal drugs such as these. As a result, they might have increased strength and incredible tolerance to pain.
As a fourth example, the martial arts usually involve one-on-one fighting within weight classes and without weapons. Street fights, unfortunately, can involve gangs against individuals, no weight restrictions, and the use of very deadly weapons.
As is apparent from the examples above, people trained in the martial arts can be at a deadly disadvantage if they fight by the rules of martial arts contests when the street fighters do not heed such rules. There is no way to predict what rules, if any, that a street fighter will honor. Martial artists should avoid street fights whenever possible.
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