I was looking at a discussion online about the block, kick, punch applications vs more practical application. It was one of the few times I have seen someone defending the block, punch and not fall back on the 'it's art' or some similar argument.
The gentlemen in question argued that the longer range punching and blocking style of fighting that was favoured in those days. Despite the huge gaping flaws in this arguement. It does lead on to maybe an interesting point.
has fighting actually changed much in the past 200 years or so?
in my mind it has stayed largely the same with psyche outs, pushing shoving, gang attacks etc but has anything changed. I think there maybe a few techniques in the forms that are maybe obsolete or need to be a little altered
i would think the main difference may come with environment, we're glassings as common then as they are now for example
so, have attacks or fighting changed with the time?