A very close friend of mine re-posted a video called "Extreme Stick Fighting". It showed two guys in the woods with virtually no protection, fighting full contact. My point however is not that I agree or disagree with what they were doing but it's about the typical outcome of most full contact stick fights in general.
I've seen individuals go at it until one guy gets tired of getting hit and then decides to charge in on his or her opponent and begin to grapple. This is a common habit that I've seen mainly in the United States but have never seen FMA practitioners in the Philippines do. Maybe I just haven't seen enough full contact challenges in the Philippines, I don't know for sure. I used to fight full contact with a head and face protector and padded gloves but neither myself nor any of my group members would take the fight to a grappling stage.
I couldn't imagine two individuals with swords going to a grappling stage but again it could just be my lack of experience.
So my questions are,
1. Is this method only used by certain groups in America?
2. Did the idea come about because a FMA teacher wanted to mix FMA and Brazilian Ju-Jitsu?
3. Does an individual take it to the grappling stage because their stick fighting skills are not up to par?
4. Do practitioners in the Philippines agree or disagree with this practice?
great reply!! thanks for the props!
I truly beleive in cross training and being functional in all ranges. Just in case your main defense does not work.
We train in the Corto range, and medium range but will always default to Largomano when it come down to it.
we also have instructors that cross train us in grappling, boxing, kickboxing & jkd.
we spar constantly to keep our skills sharp.
Training is the key to success in combat.
I think its just how some people feel they need to train. Me personally, I have always been about longevity in my training. I want to be very old like many of the great masters and still be able to train. I am also mainly concerned with how I perform if I were put in a situation where I was forced to defend myself or someone else. As a professionsl law enforcement trainer, I am always thinking about the level of force I use when I train; therefore, I tend to practice escaliting and de-escaliting my techniques. I am a firm believer that when under stress we all default back to what we have practiced the most.