From the earliest times, human beings have been forced to defend themselves against attacks of a very diverse nature, either to defend their territory, their assets, or even their own lives.
Bypassing collective interests such as defending a country where we would already enter into a large-scale war confrontation and from a current point of view, self-defence should be understood as an action whose objective is to avoid or, in an extreme case, repel physical aggression, the result of which may be the person’s more or less serious injury or even death. If we approach personal defence from the point of view of traditional MARTIAL ARTS, there are many different systems, as many as there are martial arts, each with its own characteristics and different approaches, but all with a common goal, regardless of deviation. towards the sporting aspect that each particular art has experienced, which negatively affects the aspect of self-defence, except in those cases where efforts have been made to safeguard martial values and where a working system focused on that direction has been developed. In any case, it can be affirmed or I believe I can affirm that all martial arts, at least in their origin, have their own personal defence system, logically focused and adapted to their peculiarities. Ju-do, Karate-do, Aikido, Jiu-jitsu, Tai-Jitsu, Kempo Karate, Hapkido, Shorinji-Kempo, Vietvodao, Kung fu, Ninjutsu and a long etc. of fighting arts each one contributes his grain of sand towards self-defence.
Therefore, and based on the previous reflections, I affirm that no particular art should be exclusively attributed to the concept of self-defence. In the same way, it also follows that self-defence is not a discipline in itself but that each art proposes a different system towards D.P. suitable to its own characteristics. All this without prejudice that there may be Budokas (martial artists) who have practised in addition to their own art, in my case Karate, another art as a compliment, such as Tai-Jitsu (very valid by the way), or Kobudo or kenjutsu As is also my case, I am not going to make a mishmash of everything, call it as I like and sell it as a discipline in itself, as a whole it lacks a methodological system for a correct understanding, assimilation and development of concepts that separately and originally if they have.
The sporty look
It is the approach towards sports practice (championships, competitions, tournaments, etc.), which have occasionally suffered martial arts such as judo, karate, taekwondo, etc., which on the other hand was necessary in order to spread the art. For such purposes, a competition regulation is created so that this practice does not constitute a danger, thus, and from the middle of the last century, they reach great popularity and development throughout the world.
Although the last aim of these arts is not self-defence, it is true that in some cases the development of this aspect has not gone hand in hand with development in the competitive sports field, with the result that in the last decade there has been a massive exodus of Karate people (to give an example, that of the art I practice) towards other arts that in principle were more suited to the search for objectives that this did not bring them.