If you've been around martial arts for the past 15 years or at least a fan of MMA, then you've heard the phrase that at least half if not most the technique learned in a traditional martial arts system will never work in a real fight. Being a traditional martial artist myself, it's hurts when I hear these words. It makes you face yourself in the mirror and ask the hard questions. Will this work? Is this even practical? Can I really stop a guy's punch in mid-air or is this technique something out of a Bruce Lee movie?
I understand your frustration, but here's were MMA has got it all wrong. You know that old saying that if you tell a lie long enough and often enough eventually people begin to believe it's the truth. Remember first and foremost that martial arts was at one time and still is today in one way or another synonymous with warfare or military fighting. So techniques and hyungs were designed to train soldiers not cage fighters. Hand to hand combat is usually a soldier's last line of defense. Kicking and punching is a basic skill, as virtually everyone can do in some form or fashion. So in many martial arts circles it is considered a low level skill or a peasant skill. Named so since most peasants didn't carry weapons.
Now weapons on the other hand can take some real skill to master and they can even the playing field. Maybe I'm not as strong as you are but I can shoot you with this bow and arrow from thirty feet away. And guess what I never risked your knock out punch. So with all this am I saying that if you train two days a week that you are ready for war? Of course not, not only would you have to increase your training,you would also have to learn today's war games to be successful in warfare today. What I am saying is that you're not training to fight in a cage where their are rules and however loose those rules are they are there. You're not even being trained to fight but, to defend yourself and that my friend is war. They are no rules and there's no guarantee you will survive. Your opponent is not thinking "I should not commit to my attack" for fear you will over power him. He wants to kill or hurt you severely. So just like a soldier your kicking and punching should be your last line of defense. Save it just in case your gun jams. As the Grandmaster of the WKSA says, "MARTIAL ARTS NOT FOR FIGHTING ANYMORE, BANG BANG YOU DEAD".