It is really a 'no-brainer' _ nowadays, physical violence can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere and under any conditions. What does this mean?
Look at the news and newspapers…
Home invasions, hostage taking, store/bank robberies … multiple armed opponents; the very real potential situations today.
So it's paramount that modern self-defense must encompass the whole range of possible situational and environmental scenarios, at least in the mind _as we train, or you are not studying self defense or self protection.
Now, you will have people tell you they are not really interested in self protection _that self defense is not the primary motivator for their studies…and that,after all... self protection is built in …an inherent part of whatever style they might indulge in…and that includes boxing, wrestling etc./ so it will come automatically.
Then some will argue that their only interest is in 'spiritual martial endeavors'…a way of life…etc.
Maybe so, but this 'justification' for studying a martial art usually fails to impress most of the listeners, because they know that martial arts are 'battle arts' …if we could get inside the listener's head…what would we really hear of their internal dialogue? "Who's this guy trying to kid?"
So now we have the average practitioner…his life _ very finite in numbers of years…he is busy with full time careers, school, family life, and other interests that make life more complete and enjoyable for as long as it lasts…
As they study a martial art, and or even supplement those studies with a license to carry firearms [read the papers and see how people are flocking in droves to firearms training schools and how gun shelves in dealers' stores are being picked clean]…their mindset is looking for a combination of efficient techniques and tactics they can employ to escape violent attacks.
What attacks? Here's is one example
• In 2004, there were a reported 148, 331 police calls across 514 Walmart stores analyzed.
That equates to an average of 269 calls per store. (4)
o In Texas, there were 21,741 police incidents reported at 69 stores studied. (4)
o The Houston store located at 2727 Dunvale reported 1,123 police incidents, placing it in the Top 10 stores nationwide.(4)
• Between 2003 – 2006, there were:
o 16 alleged murders committed at Walmart stores and parking lots, including 2 alleged
o murders in the Houston area (Katy and Spring).(4)
o 16 alleged rapes and sexual assaults at Walmart stores and parking lots, including 1 in the Houston area.(4)
o 11 alleged sex crimes against children at Walmart stores and parking lots, including 1 in the Houston area.(4)
You can be 'tough' and skilled in any martial art you care to name, but unless you are also schooled in the pre-conflict stage (threat assessment, conflict conditioning), the conflict stage, and the post conflict stage management_you need to be very careful of what your training consequences might be, and what you wish for.
Kata and the rest of what we usually do is fine…but we need to incorporate, or at least to consider, our kata moves as able to defend against the common types of modern attacks from conventional to unconventional weapons conducted in situational scenario form, or close to it. Not many dojos have the time and skills in that aspect, so then student must remain cognizant of those limitations.