There are plenty of gyms / schools where anyone can walk in and learn martial arts, regardless of their character. Some martial artists are bullies who just want to hurt people. I see a lot of this among MMA fighters, unfortunately.
Aside from martial arts schools, bad guys learn how to fight in gangs, or in prison.
What’s my point? It’s this: you’d better train often and hard, because the bad guy is out there, and if you’re not training – he is. You might never meet that bad guy, in which case you should count yourself lucky and thank God.
On the other hand, you might meet him one day when you least expect it – when you’re withdrawing money from an ATM machine, taking your girl to dinner, taking your family to the theater, or simply relaxing at home on the night that someone breaks in. When that day comes, you will be very glad that you trained harder than the bad guy. All your blood and sweat will be justified on that day.
That is why we train: To protect ourselves and our families on the fateful day when nothing else matters.
I teach people to fight. That might sound blunt, but in the end that’s what martial arts are all about. I don’t teach pretty forms, overly complicated techniques, or acrobatics. I teach people to fight using realistic and fluid movements. These movements are more like tools than techniques. One you learn to use a tool, you can apply it in almost any situation.
We study empty hand fighting, knives, flexible weapon (belt, scarf, etc) and improvised weapons. This is Hammerhead Hapkido.
Wael Abdelgawad, Founder