“The more comprehensive and realistic your training is, the better you will perform in actual combat because conditioned responses can help you counteract, or at least work through, the effects of adrenaline. Conversely, the more stressed you are through exertion, fear, or desperation, the harder it is to perform…” – Rory Miller
If you don’t apply you’re learned skills, you can not expect to pull them off in real-time, it’s as simple as that. Sparring and application are a necessity in becoming effective at self defense and combat. It serves as a laboratory to see what works and what doesn’t. It provides insight and some clarity to the nuances of violent encounters. Such as:
*What strikes and holds work against one body-type but not an other.
*How size/strength/age aren’t always the dominant variables in facing an opponent.
*Ranging/timing, figuring out how you strike and not get hit using multiple weapons with multiple reach lengths…
The intensity and duration is dependent on you, it’s all about what’s comfortable.
Vitalic Combat Arts is the home of The New England Pack, a Dog Brothers sparring group. Application/Sparring sessions are held monthly and are typically double the length of regular classes. (Note: sessions are available by invite ONLY).