This is an issue that I hope i can explain properly but it came up when I was planning a drill to do with my guys.
Most martial arts are really good at defending its own attacks, TKD can deal with kicks and judo players can neutralise throws. However swap those two over and holes start to apear. This is not news to anyone, but how does this affect us when we are develoing drills?
as an exampe.....
I did a drill with my guys where they were starting in the clinch and one was trying to put a hold on the other. I limited the holds to headlock, guillotine, and bear hug (we were going to progress each of these to the ground later) The other person could stop the attack or break from the hold if it was successfully put on. I took out breaking away from the drill to work on reaction time and body awareness. i also wanted to create a bit of 'struggle' instead of just clean techniques.
My issue here was that I was asking the guys to practice holds that I wouldn't really want them to use and maybe developing the wrong habit of actually looking for one of these holds in a clinch. however, without practing these things semi live or live then we don;t get the relaism that we would be after. This would be akin to some Aikido schools learning lots of techniques against a punch without ever learning how to punch.
So to break this down.
- how do we train people against attacks without turning the attacks into a habit
- How do we get people to attack in a fixed way in a semi live fashion if the attack is something we don't want to turn into a habit (this is the same point as the one above put in a different way)
- Are holds like headlocks etc. things that we should be teaching students anyway if we can teach them a progression ie. headlock to throw, bear hug to take down.
I have a feeling that the last point may be the best answer as in a fight sometimes these thing just happen naturally and our students need to be able to deal with it
hope this is clear enough