What Martial Arts are Fake?

What Martial Arts are Fake?

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Have you ever seen a situation where an individual who claimed to have learned martial art was floored and well beaten when he got involved in a fight? It is certain you were surprised and felt the individual has probably been living on lies. People who get trained in traditional martial arts sometimes get beaten, because the martial arts they are learning are fake.

Fake martial arts:

  • George Dillman’s Chi knockouts
  • Yellow Bamboo
  • Aikido
  • McDojo
  • Systema
  • Kiai

Martial arts are generally good with the major aim of learning it is to have the ability to defend one’s self (self-defense) self-discipline, respect, to be able to fight in real-life situations when faced with dangers, and perhaps to be used in sports competitions. You may probably have watched in movies sports competitions of martial arts or you have seen in real life that type of situation, perhaps, you are an individual who has undergone martial arts training or you are currently undergoing such training.

Martial art is a very big world or industry and there are several of them including Kung Fu, Judo, Karate, Muay Tai, Kiai, Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi, Dojo, Wing Chun, and several others. There are so many of them and it is safe to say that they are all brilliant in their own ways. However, research has shown that some of them are real while others are fake, maybe not really fake, but they are not good when you are faced in real-life situations. 

Can Martial Art be Fake?

Come to think of it, let’s assume you have been learning traditional martial arts and you go to the gym almost every day trying to build yourself, but all of a sudden as you were going home, you were attacked by some hoodlums, only for your martial arts skills not useful for you to defend yourself and it may eventually have resulted in injury. Yes, I can relate to that, what a shame you will have on your face after getting beaten and stolen from. While traditional martial arts teaches discipline, respect, self-confidence, meditation, and all other skills, it is not all of them that teach how you can fight.

There is a difference between martial arts practiced in a vacuum and those that can be used in real fights. The bitter truth is that while all martial arts may seem good, it is not all of them that are good for real combat. An example is a Karate that deals more with self-confidence, meditation. Another example is Wing Chun that teaches people how to regulate the breathing, toning, and stretching of muscles and controlling their minds. 

All of these are very excellent, most especially to help the psyche and help an individual to relax, they are very beneficial for kids that have issues with attention and adults that have stress and anxiety. However, will meditation and all other listed above help you in a real fight? No, they won’t. While they can be useful when you get into a fight, relying solely on them will get your head kicked. 

The unfortunate thing is that many individuals and masters do not open up to their students that what they teach is basically not to help them fight but to help them acquire some basic life skills. Real martial art is when you attain the various disciplines and also learn how to fight real fights, how to defend one’s self from some other fighters. Martial art has become a thing of business and people only look at how they can gain money and not pass the knowledge. This means if their students get into real fights, they risk losing their lives if proper care is not taken.

Examples of ‘Fake’ Martial Arts

We have several ‘fake’ martial arts that will not necessarily help you in a real fight and if you are just signing up for that martial art class, I will like you to avoid them if you really wish to learn how to fight. Examples include George Dillman’s Chi knockouts, Yellow Bamboo, Aikido, McDojo, Systema, Kiai. You need some explanation, yes? I know, check them below:

1. George Dillman’s Chi knockouts

There was a certain man called George Dillman who claims that he can knock human beings out by using his power of chi. He was not legit and was only looking for fame.

2. Yellow Bamboo

This deals playing the no-touch thing in the park with the basis being that they possess psychic abilities. It is perhaps considered the most pathetic and unfounded of the so-called ‘fakes.’

3. Aikido

This is another example of martial art that massively relies on its students’ compliance. It is very popular in the western world and it is 99.9% fake. The science behind the martial art claims that the strengths and aggression of an opponent should be used against him.

4. McDojo

In the United States, McDojo gained popularity in the late 1980s and it is referred to as a martial arts dojo whose only purpose is to gain fame and make money for its owners. This means it is only good for self-promotion. It could easily be identified because ineffective teaching techniques, sparring, and training are used. Black belts are usually handed out like flyers and the monthly charge is usually ridiculous.

5. Systema

Only a few practitioners effectively use this particular martial art. It is a blend of no-touch art and Krav Maga.

6. Kiai

This is a famous martial art that originated in Japan. It is derived from the term for the type of noise that is made when a strike in Karate is executed. It became famous on the internet when it was tested against someone that is not from the dojo.


While you cannot outrightly say that these examples listed are fake martial arts based on if you want to apply the skills in a real fight or not, some of them are just not simply good enough to be termed martial arts. Some styles of martial arts are more suitable for real fights than the others and those other ones that have little or no significance are termed ‘fake.’

In conclusion, if you want to learn martial arts for self-defense, you will want to avoid those that will only lead you to risk your life when you are faced with a real fight.

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