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Martial Arts as Sport & Self-Defense

Learn about using martial arts for sport versus self-defense from Sense Oliver Martin in this Howcast ninjutsu video.


Martial arts, or martial arts as a term, is pretty wide. One important distinction when considering that terminology of a martial artists, or what is a martial artist, is the difference between martial arts for sport and martial arts for self defense.

Martial arts for sports obviously is about winning and achieving your best as a champion and it's a great endeavor for many people. Then there is martial arts for self defense which is the focus of our school. The focus and challenge is to overcome yourself and to understand both winning and losing so that you can endure life and focus on self defense so that you are more prepared to meet the challenges of life.

And that's really the philosophy that we carry because in actual combat, in actual warfare, there's really no rules and no limitations so all facets have to be explored within that context. As opposed to the sports context where you're dealing with more or less a pretty set, fixed body of rules in which to operate. So that is just a little bit about the difference between sports martial arts and self defense martial arts.

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