Whilst training I often wonder â€œwhy am I doing it this wayâ€. I wonder why (Japanese) Ju-Jitsu has not been updated to make it more applicable to real life/street situations we are more likely to face. I can understand why some of the techniques where developed in the first place, we know that many of the joint locks are applied because on the battlefield of ancient Japan your Samurai opponent was wearing armour and so strikes or other techniques would have been ineffective. But it is unlikely that an assailant in a pub who has had 10 pints of idiot fuel is going to be wearing body armour (unless you frequent some very dodgy pubs) ;-).
Any yet we still practice techniques that were developed against an armour wearing opponent. I would have expected that some techniques would have been changed over the years to reflect more realistic/street techniques that are found in Krav Maga for instance.
I am interested to hear other peopleâ€™s thoughts on this.