In the world of mixed martial arts there’s always a debate going about the merits of self defense. But this next case showcases how martial arts make all the difference for the individuals who are working as security officers or law enforcement.
A video recently went viral depicting a middle aged male security guard struggling to restrain a shoplifter. The pudgy young lady seemed adamant to break from the grips of the security guard – who clearly had no marital arts experience at all.
This kind of an intervention is the best argument for why martial arts need to be a part of every day life. Not only does the man not understand leverage he struggles to overpower a significantly smaller woman who isn’t even really resisting as much as she’s trying to dodge his attempts at restraining her.
Understanding the body and the culture should be a part of physical education. Founder of Judo, Jigoro Kano, had such ideas when he created the martial art. However poltiics got in the way and took over making judo into a sport – instead of a way of living.
Kano once said: “Judo is the way of the highest or most efficient use of both physical and mental energy. Through training in the attack and defense techniques of judo, the practitioner nurtures their physical and mental strength, and gradually embodies the essence of the Way of Judo.”
As per judotraining:
“In these early days, Kano felt that Kodokan Judo should be a “way” and not merely a sport, and that narrowly defining judo as a competitive sport would defeat his purpose of creating an all-encompassing way of life, form of physical education, martial art, and self defense.”