jorvik wrote:I think if you have good teachers that it helps. My first teacher moved really quick, that was the first thing that I picked up on, after him if people didn't move like that ( Irespective of style) I gave up on them.and it's still the same. My Dad was a champion Snooker player and played some of the best.could have turned Pro....he said that you have to really want to hit the ball, it's the same with MA................if you don't want to do the business.then it's not your business
Disagree with this one. All of us have a survival instinct and,I think, are capable of violence in the right circumstances. Mother's defending their young, men defending family, soldier's defending buddies and so on. Well thought out training can bring this out if the teacher is teaching the mindset as well as techniques. I know Ray's view that you can train and get a lot from solo workouts but a partner, especially one who could hurt you is a great tool for developing this.Learning to harness fear and use it as a force in your favor is a part of any sport where aggressive contact and the risk of injury are possible.
One of the reasons I think boxers have such an advantage in "real fights" is that most of their training and sparring are close to the edge and very realistic so when it is real they've been there before and are comfortable. As noted before, hard to duplicate this with karate as once gloves are put on the "empty hand" concept ceases to exist.
Fully agree with Rick on this, that proper drilling can instill this. I used to train one of my son's with light sparring and some defense techniques. We worked out with 16 oz. gloves, headgear and mouthpieces with me pulling everything while making the big theatric moves so that he'd learn to be calm in the face of a big threat. He had to learn that once he hit me hard that it was not ok to stop and apologize- which was his natural instinct- but to finish me off asap. He picked this up pretty quickly, learned to be comfortable punching to the head and face. Most systems which emphasize defense over karate do have some variation of partner training where the intensity is rampted up but just controlled enough to avoid real danger.
In my dojo my sensei, Joe Graziano, tests students in sanchin with big moves and very controlled contact. To the uninitiated it looks extremely dangerous. To the new student it instills a confidence that can take a shot and it's not the end of the world. As the student develops so does the contact. I know many are critical of sanchin shime, but there is place for it if intelligently applied.
Again, this training is not for everyone, I agree with Ray on that. However if one wants to learn to be aggressive it can be taught.