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Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Value of Forms

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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Grandmaster Tim McCarthy
Grandmaster Tim McCarthy
is a martial arts educator with a master’s degree in education and a grandmaster rank in the martial arts. He has been instrumental in developing two industry-changing programs, plus has directed and been featured in hundreds of martial arts videos and webinars.

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