Why Combatives? What's the difference between MMA & Combatives?

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. 

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What are You Really Training for?


 When choosing a group to train with, ask yourself a few key questions.  

  • Have you ever fought in the ring or Octagon before?
  • Do you have an upcoming MMA, Boxing or Kickboxing Match?
  • Are you ever planning on getting in the Ring or Octagon?


Will MMA / "Combat Sport" really meet your needs?


MMA training methodologies are great attribute builders but are not realistic training scenarios for most people. Do some MMA / "Combat Sport" skill sets carry over to Real World Situations?



Will training to fight a single opponent (a dual)....in your weight class.....in a padded ring.....really prepare you for multiple opponents on concrete?  


Will rolling around on the asphalt with your opponent help you when another attacker comes from behind strikes you from behind?


Will training against an opponent with gloves and shin pads prepare you for an opponent with a baseball bat or knife? 


Will MMA training completely prepare you for the harsh realities of a street fight with no rules?


When looking for a group to train with, BE SMART. Take into consideration your actual needs and make the right decision for yourself.