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What is the difference between sport style fighting and survival style fighting?
What is the difference between sport style fighting and survival style fighting?

There are different styles of personal physical fighting with corresponding purposes. With man's need to support his ego and power, the ability to win in combat against an enemy soon became a means of testing one's physical strength against others in sport. The need to be healthy, or to find coordination between the body and higher power gave birth to styles which were practiced for health reasons, promoting cooperation, movement, and spiritual beliefs in the use of these particular forms of art.

Preparation, knowledge, and methods are different in sport style fighting and in fighting for physical survival. As with any sport, in sport style fighting one knows more about the obstacle before them. They can prepare for the particular fight through a training regimen. They have knowledge of where the fight will take place, and in general there will be good lighting to see the opponent, and a stable surface to fight on. They have knowledge of their opponent and will prepare to fight the opponent using particular strategies and methods to achieve goals. In sport, while moderately violent in competition, one is not using methods to kill an opponent, but simply achieve victory according to rules of the sport.

Fighting for self-preservation in the Kadochnikov System can be called survival style fighting; one rarely has true knowledge of the fight before them. One cannot pick the place and time, or the identity of the enemy they will face. One can know general information about the possible location (particular area of battlefield or a particular alley is dangerous for people to walk through), but they cannot govern the exact specifics of the location. One does not who the opponent will be, though they may some idea of what type of opponent they will face. They do not know how many opponents they will face or what weapons they will use. Weapons such as loaded rifles, sharpened bayonets, helmets, grenades, etc., are all generally absent in a sport ring. One example is in the current sport style-fighting world where events are generally considered "no holds barred". Yet, in many of these competitions, strikes to vital points such as th groin or throat, strikes to the eyes, kicking a man who is down, etc., are all causes for disqualification. As such, there is a tendency for sport style fighters not to train using these types of attacks against an opponent. These methods ar an integral part of basic survival style fighting education, yet those who want to study how to defend themselves will rarely find dedicated instruction for these methods in sport style schools. For survival style, there are no rule or governing bodies, and as such, the methods used in survival style fighting are used to cause irreparable damage to the opponent, to injure, traumatize, maim, or kill the opponent.

The difference between sport style and survival style fighting is the knowledge at hand, th preparation one undergoes in order to address the possible threat, and the methods used in order to address the threat. The opponent faced by the sport style fighter is much different than th opponent faced by a survival style fighter. Even th very reason of "why" there are fights is in great contrast btwn the two types of fighting styles as the stakes are much higher, so th fighter will be different. One who is fighting in order to achieve victory for political purpose, to eat, or to protect one's home is much different than one fighting for trophies, money, or pride.

There is a mindset difference between survival style and sport style fighting. As an example, only in sport style fighting is the mentality that damage will be taken and therefore accepted. In survival style fighting, sustaining injury means that one cannot perform their duty for self-preservation. Sustaining injury means that one will be unable to help one's comrades, to carry out one's mission, to run from aggressors, to protect one's family and loved ones. Survival style means that one must find th most efficient way to deal with an enemy and sustain the least amount of injury as possible. The survival style mindset is one of "kill or be killed"; that one is reliant upon their fighting skills to live through a battle with an enemy. In survival style, `pain' is not fear or weakness leaving the body, pain is a physical and psychological phenomenon that must be dealt with and understood; that purposefully exhausting or creating pain for oneself will mean the inability to use one's abilities at their maximum level if needed. A person who sustains muscle or skeletal damage will be unable to defend himself or herself fully if the time comes to do so. In the Kadochnikov System, the combative mindset of inflicting massive damage upon th enemy while taking th least damage as one can is not a fact of winning a match, but of surviving a situation that is completely hazardous and deadly to one's survival.

For those who study the Kadochnikov System, we are survival style fighters. We can prepare only in the most general terms for a fight that may happen. We must attempt to stay in good general physical, mental, and spiritual shape to address any possible enemies. We can only gain general knowledge about th situations we may face. In survival style, we can only make assumptions based upon information we try to gain about th specifics of what we could encounter. We may know not to go into particular bar, an area of our town, or that the enemy is held up on a particular place on the battlefield with specific strengths. But, on the other hand, the "match" we face may be entirely random, chaotic, and there is seemingly no order to the struggles we face everyday. Our neighbor who is our friend may be drunk or high and decide to attack our child...can we possibly have a fight ta to go over to see what he may or may not do? Those we face are fighting for their lives and well being, for causes, for things that drive men beyond what we feel men should do in their rational behavior; as generally, the will to pointlessly kill or maim another man is not natural. Men in rings do not strap grenades to themselves, they do not rape women and children upon victory, and they do not steal all the money and then shoot the loser of the sport match.

The reality btwn the two is apparent, but, this is not to say that general methods of each cannot be trained in to supplement each other. There ar methods of sport style fighting that can clearly assist a survival style fighter in his knowledge of how to us lks to damage joints. A sport style fighter can larn valuable methods of bioenergy conservation and energy redirection from a survival style fighter. Both can larn breathing techniques to aid them from a practitioner health-oriented style. As such, training can be interrelated, but th reasons why someone is learning particular techniques should be kept in th context of what end th ar attempting to accomplish. For example, person wishing to larn survival methods of combat fighting should be interested in using a sport style joint control method to hold or restrain that enemy until th law enforcement can come to apprehend th enemy; or as a soldier to hold the enemy for detention long enough for others to come and help detain th enemy for questioning.

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