How To Find Your Personal Fighting Style (5 Archetypes) โ€” Jesse Enkamp


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  • blackswordshinobi says:

    wow mind blow through underdog type i am in ninjutsu i use a sprint method and time you said build in to are physical style or body type witch lite fight are more faster also build up power to stun or clock there enemy with both lighting speed and over sharp power that take time master as will thumb up

  • I learned at the age of 16, Kenpo Karate from Ed Parker…later on when I was in my 40s I studied Aikido. I am now 70 and realize that what I know and what I can do are two different things. I'm not as agile, quick, nor flexible as I used to be. So my technique has become one of deception so I can move in and take down my opponent with the quickest and most lethal of moves. Sure I always carry a weapon, but depending on the situation I can't always deploy it/them. As we get older we can't always practice as we did when we were in the prime of our youth.

    Which is an interesting subject for a teacher? I recently enrolled in a class for people that carry canes. It was a self-defense class, but it was taught by a +30-year-old to a bunch of 60/70-year-olds. I think this is the ultimate "adapt" to the situation lesson. At 70 there is no way I can compete against a 30-year-old unless I am willing to do some unorthodox methods that are not expected…

    To answer your question, YES…we always have to adapt to our situation whether it is environmental, personal ability, or even antagonistic (I know that will get me a ton of responses, but we can't always be the perfect gentleman).

  • Miranda Maldonado says:

    Most people are probably here for learning self-defense, I'm here for references for the book character I'm writing lol.

  • Excellent point, I was taught to fight a certain way and always felt uncomfortable when fighting that way.
    Since I stopped competing I have found many far more natural forms which are so so so much more effective.
    Unfortunately My style is probably not best suited for comps lol.

    In competitions I feel like itโ€™s a formulated design. (Too many rules & not using your full range) being held back doesnโ€™t help you mentally because your already at a disadvantage.

    Iโ€™m not the best at explaining my self but If I said in real life my fights would have been very different.

    On a final note if I teach a student to fight I always ask, do you wish to win medals or defend life. The two in my opinion are very different.

  • It's a little more complex than to suggest that style is entirely genetic. How a person adapts to circumstances in early life influences the unconscious patterns that make up a "personal style." The "internal" that you spoke of is probably a combination of physical, psychological, and emotional responses that have probably become patterns of behavior for a person.

    Finding an external style that matches the internal style is a start, but of one practices an "internal" style, one can learn to make adjustments to the internal style, which can lead to a gradual change of style over time.

    As we experience life, our internal style will also change, as we mature, change priorities, learn to adapt to new circumstances. Recognizing that our "internal" style can also change, and to observer the conditions under which it changes, is an important part of becoming a more well rounded fighter. Maybe one day we are hungry, or tired, or sad–our style might change. We can learn to adapt to how we change, or we can also learn how to maintain a more consistent internal style across changes.

    The internal work is hugely important.

  • Shubhodip Chakraborty says:

    Hey Jesse!! There are very few videos on Youtube which provide such insights in Karate. I am learning Karate for some time now, and I practice Wado Ryu Karate style. even though this style element is pretty cliched but can you do a video on the style? Maybe in your trip to Okinawa and practice with the grandmaster. It would be very helpful. Thank you.

    P.S. I love your lifestyle. Very few people can actually follow this path, the path of passion. Keep it up! This channel should be never-ending.

  • Kieren Malone says:

    I love your videos, Jesse. Really well done and a great way of considering different aspects of training whilst keeping the mind on Karate whilst not in the dojo. Thanks!

  • Germรกn Flores says:

    Bro, nice content. I think more issues are involved in style, but you really have a point there. All the thinks you say make sense. Btw i'm a rocket ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚. Keep doing what you do. ๐Ÿ™Œ

  • I can appreciate where Jesse is coming from, but I disagree with him. I think his graphs here demonstrate when you need to finish the fight before you run out of energy and power (even a rocket runs out of fuel). Instead, a fighting style in this respect more concerns tactics, then combined with techniques that fulfill them. A fighting style is how you defend yourself when you have to do it without preparation. I think a person could better train their physicality to increase stamina and power than change their mindset on how they want to engage, and because of that, I tend to agree with the animal styles of the Shuri-styles (yes, personal bias).

    A dragon is more about counter play, someone who doesn't like to make the first move but has good reaction time. Cranes lean towards keep away tactics. Snakes for hard pokes and trapping/grappling. Tigers for strong and decisive strikes. And leopards for measured, methodical breakdowns. Each has a strength and weakness to another, but a good martial artist will recognize that and have tools to counter the counter.

  • Tenebrous Lion says:

    I was in taekwondo class and my teacher was nice. Allowed me to grow at my own pace. Taught us kicks once in a while. At a slow pace I was able to slow learn.

    But I also liked kung fu. Kung fu teacher taught us more. His program was loaded. I loved the material but too much at once.

    I did taichi later. Which seemed at a steady pace. The way I start is the way I ended. I like this way but maybe with a bit of a rocket. So kind of between the mid performance and with time I improve and know why I need to improve. What martial application do those forms have? What potential does my body have and why tap into it? Those questions help me. So I'm someone who likes to improve with time. The steady performance arrow that goes up and down on the graph. I think home learning is the best for me at this time.

  • Snehartha Mitra says:

    when i first joined karate I was the second type but now after seeing this video I gradually adapted myself to the first one

  • Reily Mendenhall says:

    I fight in tournaments like a Rapier Fencer, Jesse Enkamp. Very slow and calculating. Waiting for a chance to riposte.

  • I started out on the Joe Rogan podcast. Now I'm listening to a Swedish William Shatner teach me about MMA. The internet is an odd place

  • Mario Live Gaming says:

    Try other kind of martial arts…… i started with judo did it one year ( i am a big guy and not atletic) than i founder Goju Ryu Karate and fall in love with it. Now i am 3 dan but train also in kick boxing and aikido to keep me learn like a spons. Greetings from the Netherlands.

  • Iโ€™m a mix of Karate, boxing/kickboxing , and Kempo myself (the three styles Iโ€™ve trained in). I mainly practice Karate these days (my first style was Shotokan and thatโ€™s what I keep going back to), but I do tend to throw in some boxing/kickboxing and kempo when Iโ€™m sparring as well. Iโ€™d like to learn Jujutsu though (or Judo) so I can develop a better ground game (I did American wrestling back in high school but Iโ€™m 11 years out of practice this year lol).

  • Love it. Thanks man, I think I choose one of two or three options like a method actor however I agree there appears to be affinities. I think I'm the grinder since I can find a balance for every rep/round/bout and I usually choose to engage that way. I really appreciate the insight

  • The most important thing is that your style isn't forced that flows and doesn't have to be pushed and manhandled to work. If this is the cause in your current style chances are you need to switch it up even if you like that one style it might just not be for you. And above all it should be effective doesn't matter worth a damn if it's not lol.

  • A very novel object lesson. I won't be surprised if I start to see others repeating it. Thanks from Texas. Thank you for sharing.

  • I've always been the constant line but with 100% performance. I do every technique in kata with exactly the same focus & power. Lately though I've been the ski slope as my daibeties won't let my body do what I want it to do. After just a few minutes of training my blood sugar tanks & I have to take a break.

  • Robert Bonardi says:

    interesting look at the concept, I feel like I'm Ski Slope with some Half Pipe potentail on the outside but I'm more like Grinder if I get a clinch.

  • My style looks like this:

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  • Maybe Type 5 should be called "The Action Movie" where the plot starts out ok or higher, then falls in the second act, and finally the injured Jean-Claude/Daniel-san overcomes everything in a glorious finish ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Satria Kurniawan Djaenal says:

    You know, everything you said is exactly what my masters said when I was training: the same master can teach ten students the exact same thing, and they are going to produce ten different results.

  • astolfo loves dick says:

    Just lost a fight against my class mate I thought he wasn't that much but I underestimated him and he put me to the ground and could have keep Punching my face but he didn't because he pity me and it kinda hurt my pride

  • AdventuresWithDwayne says:

    I think the "Grinder" types understand that your liver can only produce so much energy at a time to send up to your brain…so most people will go 100% super hard and literally run out of brain juice cause their liver can't keep up, so the people that go at 60% can go longer due to their liver being able to create enough glucose for their brains and they don't run out of brain juice!

  • How do you perform in a race use that to help find your archetype ima half pipe I start of fast slow down throughout the race then get a burst of speed in the last stretch fighting for that medal

  • which type of fighting style is usually the wrestler like khabib, gsp…are they the type to use all of their energy in round 1 and gas in later rounds

  • I am most definitely a Half-Pipe. Burst of energy, burnout, and then I get super competitive towards the end. Now I'm going to start categorizing my karate classmates into these archetypes, hehehehehehe… ๐Ÿ˜›

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