How do we Know What Works?
The debut of the UFC in 1993 ushered in a monumental change in the practice of martial arts, comparable perhaps to Jigoro Kano popularizing shiai (engaging in a live exchange of technique, rather than practicing cooperatively). By having exponents of different fighting arts face each other, the strong and weak aspects of every system were exposed. And every system had weak aspects, some many more than others.
In time, a body of techniques and training methodologies developed, that represents the best of folkstyle, freestyle, and greco roman wrestling, of judo and sambo, of boxing, kick boxing, muay Thai, karate, and taekwondo, among many others. The catch-all term for it may be martial arts in the arena.
But that is not the only way to learn what works in reality. The ubiquity of cell phone and security cam video has opened up a second means to determine the efficacy of any particular martial art, combat sport, or technique. Call it martial arts outside the arena. This can be roughly divided into several main categories:
•Bullchido (what doesn't work).
However, there is a related category, one that is a prime mover behind why people learn martial arts and combat sports - bullying. Few things unite martial arts and combat sports enthusiasts as much as the desire to Stop Bullying.
Use of force against bullying behavior can range from Self-Defense, to Mutual Combat, to entirely non-physical means. The content below is intended to help Stop Bullying. The global society is evolving to no longer tolerate bullying, but that will take a generation, or longer. The surest means to stop from being bullied is to learn martial arts and combat sports, and it provides a host of other tremendous benefits as well.