Can you actually learn combat training from an Internet course? That is an interesting question.
I’ve always said that there are certain skills that need to be practiced in order to be perfected. You cannot become an expert golfer just by watching videos. You need to get out onto the course and hit the ball – thousands of times, over-and-over using the principles of deliberate practice. Although, to be fair, almost every pro golfer does watch their swing on video and look to see little improvements they can make to their technique when they’re in a slump. But that’s using video as a tool to help the practice, not learning the game.
So I saw this course on Udemy called “Close Combat Training” and I had to have a look (currently $79 for 6+ hours of training). How is the instructor going to teach the mostly physical skill of combat training?
Well, I’m here to say I actually picked up some good skills with this course that could help me in the future. Not that I plan to get into a fight any time soon, but if I end up in a situation with someone trying to push me around, I have some useful things to try and perhaps more importantly – some things to avoid.
For instance, it’s interesting to note that learning a combative sport, like Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Judo, Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai, are not designed to teach you how to fight in a self-defense situation. Those sports have rules, and referees to ensure the fight is fair. Street fighting is “kill or be killed”. There are no rules when you are fighting for your life, and your body reacts differently to the feelings of fear and panic under that stress. The instructor calls this fighting technique “world war two combatives”.
The video is professionally done, and it’s clear the instructor is an experienced teacher at this subject. There is a mix of demonstration video (instructor on student demos), discussion of theory, and discussion of the psychology and physiology of being in a fight. I really enjoyed it, and that surprised me.
The video was clearly once a DVD course the instructor sold, but I won’t hold that against it. The information is still valuable and valid, and unlike a web programming course, will not go out of style any time soon.