by Kai Morgan
This article is not about whether modern combat-oriented systems – and Defence Lab specifically – are better than the more traditional martial arts – or vice versa.
However, it does ask some difficult questions about whether something like Defence Lab is more in tune with modern society – and therefore likely to succeed in the longer term . . .
The traditional martial arts are often said to be suffering. Many (although by no means all) instructors are finding it difficult to attract and retain students. The US-based Martial Arts Teachers Association estimates that the number of schools in the US has fallen from 20,234 in 2013 to 15,896 in 2016.
The following 2014 graph shows overall search traffic via search terms on Google. Martial arts is the blue line and MMA the red line.
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