"Sorry Ray, but your point in these last two posts just seems to contradict your earlier comments that anything can happen in a fight and you should be prepared for the worst. "
I don't think that it does
...basically I believe that pretty much anything can happen in a real fight, but that you should train for the most probable types of attack. I mean you may get attacked by a capoestra, but it is unlikely .
Also real fights do often have other stuff added to them that folks don't see, for example if I am with my wife and kids I have to think of their safety first.this is really what I mean by "Anything happening",,,,also you may get in a fight in an elevator or on a playing field even in a swimming pool.....but for training you should just use simple attacks and defences IMHO
That is why I am much more in favour of training for physicality, You know , hitting things, moving around, breaking distances down and stuff like that.
I had a private lesson with my Sifu last Sunday...and I was talking about Wooden Dummies..you may have seen them used by chunners.and we talked about conditioning using the dummy.....and he told me that half the class had asked him where to get Dummies from.......I said that they didn't interest me at all...for sure I'll use one when the time comes .but you really don't need one IMHO.
One thing that I would suggest for "Conditioning" is to either use small hand weights when you punch.or preferably train with Escrima sticks.these will improve your hand speed