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All training is specific; the closer your training is to the envisaged application, the more efficient it is.
This notion is widely accepted in sports science. For example, to become a great marathoner, you need to do a lot of long-distance running. The days of a power lifter training by lifting light weights frequently are long gone.
In the martial arts, however, some people still firmly believe — and it is a matter of faith rather than knowledge gained through experience — that years of kata (forms) practice on a wood floor will prepare you for a nightclub brawl against multiple opponents and weapons.
That is incorrect. To prepare for a fight, you need to include some form of fighting in your training.
About the author: Erik Petermann teaches martial arts in Cape Town, South Africa.
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