I'm looking for a place to train to learn how to defend myself. Where do I start?
People look for different things when searching for a Martial Arts school. Some are looking for to have fun, get in shape, or enter competition. Others have serious needs to feel confident and in control during a violent, life-threatening situation. Of course, while looking for a school to train at, one might find both MMA / "Combat Sport" Schools and also Combatives Schools.
What is the difference?
What is the difference? The fact is, MMA or "Combat Sport" is a highly developed and proven type of training that is purpose built to allow two athletes to challenge each other and themselves in a safe, fair way. These systems excel in the ring and were originally derived from Combat Sciences. The main purpose of MMA / Combat Sport training is to prepare you to win in a sport environment - a ring, octagon, cage, etc.
True Combatives are combat sciences purpose built and proven to deal with life or death situations on the battlefield, in the jungle, bad neighborhoods, etc. Their sole aim is to keep you and your loved ones alive in a dire situation.