There was a really unfortunate incident last week. Two guys were wrestling. Neither of them had any real training. The younger guy lucked into a rear naked choke. The older didn't know how to react and was put under. The younger didn't know what had happened and continued applying the hold. His cousin never woke up.
Here's a quick word from two guys who know a lot about a rear naked choke.
What's important here applies to all martial arts. Just because you see something that looks cool on TV or in a movie doesn't mean you should try it at home. I cringe at footage of some of these dumb kids would watch WWE and go out in their backyards or go into their basements and decide to have their own rasslin' match. Somebody goes getting hurt. Sometimes there's even some pissed off parent who wants to blame WWE or the UFC or whatever because their kids did something ignorant or stupid.
This is coming form a guy who grew up doing stupid stuff like this. I didn't emulate pro-wrestling, even though i did love watching it, but I had a steady stream of martial arts entertainment coming my way. If there was a martial arts movie coming out, my Dad was more than happy to take me and my brother. Unlike many families, there was a key difference between my brother and I, and the two cousins involved in the tragic incident the video talks about.
My brother and I had training.
Even better, that training came from my father, and experienced instructor, who was the one taking us to these movies or watching these TV shows with us. He gave us a full appreciation for how dangerous those stunts were. We knew how much a martial arts technique could hurt somebody. I've been hit plenty of times during my training, and it hurts plenty even with the punches pulled. Getting hit full steam is something I take very seriously whether I'm on the giving or receiving end.
Mixed martial Arts is one of the most popular sports right now. Professional wrestling continues to be very popular as well. These are both great, but if you're a fan of these thing, you need to really appreciate what those people in the ring do. They train hard. They know the risks. They know their bodies. They know what these techniques can do. They know what it feels like to have a submission hold put on them. Very important, they know when to tap out. More important than that, they know when that other guy taps to let the hell go.
Safety is important, and part of that is getting the proper training from someone who knows what's up. Sure there are the McDojos out there just looking to make a buck, but there's plenty of other schools and clubs that can give you a really good idea of the realities of hand-to-hand combat both for sport and protection. If its worth doing, then its worth doing right. Get the training. At the very least go online and hunt down some resources detailing what these techniques do. Better to be safe than be a news blurb.
Been listening to a lot of Midnight Oil lately, so now you will listen to Midnight Oil.