Cross training and sparring methodology

Free sparring is used to test, not train, fighting skills in Shaolin Wahnam. Image taken from www.shaolin.org

Free sparring is used to test, not train, fighting skills in Shaolin Wahnam. Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org

Back in mid-May of 2013, I posed a question to the G+ Martial Artist community regarding cross-training and sparring methodologies used in their schools. After a few responses, someone asked my opinion on their situations. Here’s what I replied with:

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Shaolin Wahnam: a school with a complete methodology

The logo of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute. Image taken from www.shaolin.org

The logo of the Shaolin Wahnam Institute. Image taken from http://www.shaolin.org

In early 2013 May, some guys on the G+ Martial Artist and Internal Martial Artist forums were discussing cross-training and when to do so. Ever since joining Shaolin Wahnam, I’ve felt absolutely no need to train outside of the school, other than finding some new sparring partners (I live several states away from my nearest Shaolin Wahnam family member). Anywho, here’s what I had to say on the subject of training outside of one’s home school:

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Martial arts, not for fighting?

Someone who has spent much time boxing would naturally use boxing in their sparring and fighting. Image taken from www.croatia.org

Someone who has spent much time perfecting their boxing skills would naturally use boxing in their sparring and fighting. It would be disadvantageous for them to throw away their boxing to use complicated kung fu moves in sparring or fighting. Image taken from http://www.croatia.org

It was mentioned on the LinkedIn Martial Artists forum that martial arts were not for fighting. Being rather confused, at such a bold statement, I felt compelled to respond with the following.

I have to disagree that martial arts are not for fighting. What one uses in friendly sparring or an actual fighting situation should be the art, style, or method that one has been trained in; hence, martial arts are used in fighting.

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