Diversification is important if your martial training is designed for real world personal protection. If we understand conflict and that it can happen at any time, place or moment. We will understand that we may not be able to control the environment or the skill of the attackers and that we must be a diversified martial practitioner. If we have diversified skills over a broad area that includes training in weapons, kicking, hand strikes, trapping, grappling and more we will give ourselves a chance in a moment of violence. Imagine if all your training was geared towards one area such as grappling and you were attacked by two or more people. You certainly couldn’t just grapple with them. You would be overwhelmed. However, if you had weapons training and movement then you might have a chance to defend yourself from their vicious attack and be able to get out of there. Likewise if you were taken to the ground and had no clue on how to grapple and defend against common attacks then you might find yourself quickly overcome and quite likely at the mercy of your attacker. If we are to be successful we must have a broad set of skills that are diversified and include not just physical skills but awareness, avoidance and mental training that will allow us to survive a moment of extreme violence. Do not allow your training to make you into a one trick pony. No instead make sure that your training allows you to have skills across a broad spectrum of the Martial Sciences. Be diversified so that you give yourself a chance and have unlimited options in a moment of violence!
See You On The Mats!!!
Brian R. VanCise
Note: This blog is opinion only and neither Instinctive Response Training LLC or Brian R. VanCise are responsible for any third party actions