As we all know, kung fu masters wear colourful silks, ninjas wear ninja costumes, and karateka wear a white gi, a coloured belt and no footwear. What does your average thug or mugger wear? Comfortable, perhaps fashionable clothing, something that won’t draw too much attention. And of course some kind of trainers or boots or whatever. Let’s think about this for a moment.
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The second approach learning to fight in the clothes you typically wear is worthy of some attention. In short, my advice is to at the very least evaluate how a particular get up affects your movements. If you have been able to choose your clothing as directed above then you will find your movements less restricted. You should try to see which moves in particular are more affected. For example, you will likely discover that kicking above waist height is impossible in suit trousers or jeans.
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Most important of all is that your arms are relatively free. Whilst your legs are stronger, your arms and hands are your primary weapons and defence. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Karateka or a wrestler, you need your arms. Practice punches, blocks and locks (or whatever you’re adept with). Identify weakened moves and either adjust your clothing or learn to use other techniques in their stead.
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