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How To Find Your Personal Fighting Style (5 Archetypes) — Jesse Enkamp


– One of the most important
things in the martial arts is to find your perfect,
personal fighting style. I mean, there are so many
different ways that you can choose to fight someone. So which way should you choose? Well, I have a personal theory that I want to share with you today, of how to find your
perfect fighting style. No matter what martial art you practice. Keep watching. What’s up, folks? I’m Jesse from KARATEbyJesse.com, a.k.a “The Karate Nerd.” And fighting is something
that I really like. But for many years I struggled to find the best way to fight. I would literally switch from day to day how I approached the way
that I fought somebody. And of course, you should
always adapt your style to whoever you’re facing. But what if I told you
that there was a method, a way that you could figure out, the best way to fight for you. Something that works, no matter what martial art you practice. MMA, Thai Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing,… It doesn’t matter. Because this theory that I have, is based, not on any specific style, but on your unique DNA. You see, here’s the thing. The way most people fight, is the way they were
taught by their instructor, which usually means it’s a case of “monkey see, monkey do.” They just do the same kind
of techniques and tactics, and strategies and stuff their teacher, naturally is good at. But you might not be a perfect carbon copy of your instructor. So why should you be fighting
in the exact same way? I believe the martial arts is
a highly individual journey. Even though we practice together. And what works for somebody else, might not work for you. So check this out. We’re all born with different
genetic variabilities, and you can certainly
develop your physique. But your DNA is your DNA. So, if you have a lot of
fast twitch muscle fibers, then you will naturally
be inclined to fight in a specific way that
matches your physiology. And if you’re naturally a
slow endurance type athlete, then maybe you should fight that way. In my experience, as a martial artist, I’ve discovered there are
actually five distinct, or characteristical, archetypes that you could be fighting as, depending on your physiological capacity. And I’m going to show those five to you, so that you can identify
which one suits you the best. Which one you naturally, already are, and then how you can then
develop a fighting style based on your natural genetics. Let’s get this party started. Now, the first thing
that we gotta establish is this graph which
will lay the foundation for understanding the five different physiological fighting types. Now, this plane right here, is power or performance
or energy output, okay? I’m just gonna put performance here. “Perf.” stands for performance, okay? And then, on this scale we have “Time”, that is the time of a fight, of your match against any opponent, okay? Now, the first archetype
that I wanna present is what I call The Rocket. Somebody who starts down here, and bam! Shoots straight up. This is the typical fighter
that will start in a very slow and steady pace, and they don’t really have a lot of energy or stamina in the beginning. But as time moves on, they just keep getting
better, and better and better. It’s weird. They don’t really get
tired as time moves on. It’s like the contrary. They actually improve their
performance as time moves on. Now, the second fighting
type is what I like to call The Ski Slope, okay? And that’s basically, the
opposite of The Rocket. The Ski Slope looks kind of like that. See how pedagogical I am
with a different color? That’s a fighter who starts out, really fast-paced. Like a pit bull. They can go all in from the start. But as time moves on, they just keep getting more and more and more and more tired. I’m sure we’ve all faced
a fighter like that. Moving on. Next one, is someone who
is like my brother, Oliver. I call it The Grinder. So, meaning they don’t really improve or… what’s the opposite of improve? Deprove? Improve. Well, their performance neither
progresses nor regresses during time, which means
that they start at a fairly medium paced level, and then they just keep grinding, at that same pace for a very long time. For example, when me and my brother Oliver go for hill sprints, he will do the exact same
time on his 10th hill sprint, as he did on the first. It’s like he doesn’t get tired. But he doesn’t improve
his performance either. And many people are like this. Next, we have me. Which looks something like that, okay? I call it The Time Bomb, because, this type of fighter is somebody who starts out slowly, gradually
improves their performance, and then they reach a really high peak, but then they try to keep
that peak as long as possible, until they start slowing down again. And the first time I
actually discovered this was when I was doing
my physiological tests with the National Karate Team, and we did these bike sprints, and I would notice that each minute, my performance improved. I didn’t get more tired the
further the time went on. On the contrary, I actually improved, until the peak, where I then started going down in my time. But enough about me. I mean, the point is that
there is some fighters who need some extra
time to find their peak, but then that peak is actually very high, and then they kind of
die down again, okay? Now, last but not least. I ran out of colors. So I’m gonna use red for the last one too, which is the opposite, of course. This is the kind of fighter
that starts out really good, in a high pace, he looks
like the world stars. But then, they kind of die
out as they get more tired, and fatigue starts setting in. But then they find that second wind, they like to be that underdog right? So they kind of lose round
two or three or four, and then they start going up again, maybe in the last rounds of a fight. If we look at the UFC, for example. This might be someone
like Michael Bisping. So now that I’ve established
that there are these kinds of archetypes, these
types of physiological models that your body perfectly fits in, when it comes to a fight, my question to you is; “Can you identify which body type, which one of these are you?” Have a look. Are you The Rocket, The
Ski Slope, The Grinder, The Time Bomb… Did I call the last one something? Let’s call it The Half-Pipe. It looks like a skateboard ramp right? So are you The Half-Pipe? The Ski Slope, The
Rocket, The Time Bomb… You get the point, okay? See, the first thing you need to do, when figuring out your
perfect fighting style, is to identify, which one
of these are you naturally? And then the second thing, from there, is to start to build your style around your natural, physical capacity. Because although you can
certainly develop your physique, it’s gonna take a very long time. And so why not adapt the external, to the internal? Why not use the type of
techniques, drills, exercises, game plans, strategy and tactics that compliments your natural strength. Which is, one of these five. When that happens naturally, or randomly or by chance, we usually call a person “talented.” But in 9 times out of 10, it is simply because the
internal matched the external. They just happened to start at a gym, or start training with
a coach who naturally taught them the stuff that was adapted to the way that their body already worked. But it doesn’t stop there, it’s also about your mindset. For example, if you’re The Grinder, like my brother Oliver, you need to have a lot of patience, and you need to be prepared to maybe, get pounded a little bit in the beginning, if you’re facing somebody
who is The Ski Slope. But then, you might defeat
them at the later rounds, or later in the fight, Or even further, if you’re like The Rocket, you need even more patience, because you know that
you’ll be at your best, later in the fight, or if you’re The Ski Slope, then you need to go all in immediately, and you cannot waste any
second on being patient, because you know, that
the more time goes on, the worse you will actually perform. Does this makes sense?! Oh sh… See, I hate it when people
go to a martial arts school and everyone are forced
to fight the same way, because, you are not me, and I am not him or her, we’re all different. Even though we might train
the same martial art, I think your fighting style should be uniquely suited to your DNA. Does this makes sense? Leave a comment with yes or no. ‘Cause I really wanna know what you think. This is just my personal theory, and whenever I see a fighter, I always try to identify which type of physiological archetype they are, and then I try to see if their game plan is actually suited or tailored around their natural, physical capacity. That’s what it feels like Bruce Lee said. “You don’t punch, it punches.” Things just flow naturally
and effortlessly. Because, your fighting
style is actually matched to the way you’re supposed to fight, and that’s when you have
a match made in heaven. Again, this is just my personal theory. But from my years of experience, seeing so many top-level martial artists, instructors, athletes and fighters, I believe there is some truth in this. Again, do you agree? Leave a yes or no and let me know what you think in the comment section. I hope this helped. Train hard, good luck and have fun, and keep fighting!

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