I just read an article about Real Based Self Defense or “RBSD”. The writer of this article stated that RBSD programs ARE based on (traditional) martial arts, meaning, RBSD is based on martial arts techniques. I pondered that for a few and I came up with more questions. Now, isn’t traditional martial arts techniques a set of movements to attack your opponent? Or, does traditional martial arts techniques mean the use of tools (hands, feet, elbows… etc)? Also the writer stated that “if it’s a system, then it’s a martial art”.
I have always respected traditional martial arts but to believe that anything like RBSD derived from it is not necessarily true. Just because a set of attacking your opponent or using a certain tool came from an ancient movement created by wise old monk doesn’t mean that (traditional martial art name here) created it all. And how do we all know it derived from one particular martial art? How do we know if that particular martial art derived from another martial art? It’s not substantial, is it? One can say, it has been recorded and “verified” by this person and it must be true or fact. Well, being first to record anything in history doesn’t mean they were the first one to come up with it. The planet Earth is a pretty big place. Do you honestly believe that ONE person on the planet Earth came up with the ultimate system of fighting first?
Everyone wants to classify things. For some reason, we want to be first and get the recognition. No matter what the evidence is, do you stop and wonder, did someone else on the other side of the world come up with this too at the same time? See where I’m coming from? Who actually owns this particular technique or movement? I know people who train in RBSD, that never trained in traditional martial arts, normally say (when questions comes like this come up) “An elbow to the face is an elbow to the face. Tell me which martial art came up with that first but for now, I’m going to elbow this guy’s face in since he’s trying to kill me”. Bruce Lee once said, “If we have three arms and three legs, we will have another style of fighting but we have two arms and two legs, let’s use them to the maximum.”
So back to the question, “What martial art did RBSD derived from?” Well, what traditional martial artists AND even non-traditional martial artist fail to see that all movements derived from the human body. Meaning, the two hands, the two feet that Bruce was talking about, WE all have it. No matter if you’re Filipino, American, Chinese…we all have two hands and two legs. Humanly, we are the same. A jab to the face is the same if a shaolin monk or a boxer throws it. “But the way it’s thrown in OUR system, makes it efficient”. Yea, it’s called body mechanics. Hence the word “body”. Human "BODY". It’s not a French body, British body… it’s the HUMAN body. So what’s the answer? Well, duh, the human body. Do you know where traditional martial arts also come from? Yea, the HUMAN body. Human beings. Who came up with the martial arts technique first if RBSD derived from traditional martial arts? Are you sure (name here) came up with that first and did (name here) learn from? Questions like these getting a little redundant. It’s actually annoying. “[Martial arts] did not arrive by fax from [Martial arts] heaven" (old Da Vinci Code joke). Human beings are the source of everything that is made and developed. It is alright to question but what is the right question anyways? Concerning martial arts, there are no really true answers other than a response of “Well, it has been recorded for thousands and thousands of years…”. People might read this and call this rubbish but if you start seeing everything as it is (including martial arts or RBSD), without nationality or religion or whatever, then you will see a whole different plane of existence which has always been there.