I personally believe that any activity in which we gain body awareness is of use to us – in any kind of situation, whether a precarious one, or slipping on ice in winter.
I’ve known some people who feel their Art is the proper one, “the most effective in a fight,” the most comprehensive… I often wonder in such a case if they’ve ever pondered that each of us are different, with different goals, limitations, strengths, weaknesses…?
What of an individual’s needs, desires, spirit, physiology..?
In my own mind there is no RIGHT way, no BEST art, because all of those things must, and do, factor in. Each is to be respected, and honored, no matter if it is not the right “fit” for us individually. We all bring something unique to the game, and we will all (inevitably) have blind spots that we need to strengthen.
The wonderful thing about the Arts is that there are SO MANY. There are standards and protocols, postures, exercises, and lessons specific to each of these Arts, of course…but there is such a breadth of styles and focus that there is something for everyone.
I may be embarking on a few new Disciplines of my own, and I am terribly excited! – the more we know how to move, the more vocabulary our body has with which to “speak” and react, the better.
Each of the Arts can benefit us on the whole – there is no “waste” in the learning.