The Value of Forms

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Tim McCarthy column
There are some who say the ultimate way to judge a martial arts technique is its self-defense or street application. I respectfully disagree. Why? Because, to me, self-defense is only one aspect of the martial arts. In my martial arts, the best self-defense is NOT fighting. If I have to fight, I fight to win…but if I can avoid a fight with patience and cooperation, I think that’s a much more valuable skill. Of course, it all depends on your goals. If you have an MMA gym whose goal is to produce successful ring fighters, then the practical application of ring results is the ultimate judge of your success. On

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