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Why “Pay-Per-View” Martial Arts Training Sucks

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I’m sure by now you’ve seen the so-called “reality based” fighting like the UFC and the other fights on pay per view.

And maybe like me, you spend a lot of time each week glued to the TV watching these competitions and enjoying every second of it.

Only problem is, while some of the best fighters in the world often compete in these tournaments…if you try to mimic them and learn from them…you’ll find yourself in a heap of hurt on the street in a real fight.


Because, even though all these programs claim to be showing you “no rules” fights…they’re far from it.

You see, to truly have “no rules” competition it’d have to be a two on one (or three, four, or five people on one) competition to make a mass attack possible…there’d have to
be weapons available…and hurting, maiming and even killing someone else would have to be allowed.

Obviously, that’d be a bit too gruesome for the networks.

So what’s my point?

Enjoy watching these shows, and let yourself be inspired.

But whatever you do…do not imitate these guys. Do not copy them. Do not try to pull off anything they do in a match in a real fight on the street.

Reason why is because these fighters — while extremely well conditioned, tough and skilled — are using tactics that fall way short of what it takes to survive a real street fight.

Sifu Matt Numrich is one of only a few instructors in the world with Full Certification in Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, and also the Filipino Martial Arts. His students include everyone from Federal Air Marshals and military elites to small children and 65-year old ladies. Matt also offers free weekly street-fighting lessons by email at

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  • Posted On January 16, 2007
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