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

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  1. Thanks for your insightful comments! 🙏 Feel free to check out my website if you want to learn more about Karate: 👍

  2. I'm sort of a halfpipe/grinder.
    I'm a big guy with a lot of mass to move, 6'3" and 285 lbs (or 1.9 m and 130 kg for our metric friends).
    If I push hard in the beginning, I run out of steam fast and have to go into a defensive/recovery period before I go for another big push.
    On the other hand, I can keep up a moderate pace almost indefinitely.

  3. My personal archetype is Judo… judo know if a have a gun judo know if i have a knife judo know nossing meng!

  4. A very interesting theory. I would suggest that those type of fighters do exist, but it's because of psychological reasons instead of physiological ones. For example, the half pipe fighter is actually just a fast twitch fighter who drops off his peak performance in the middle to recouperate for the final push. The inverse is an endurance fighter using his staying power so slowly build intensity, but peaks and must let up and revert back to endurance levels of out put. But here's the thing. An endurance or a fast twitch fighter can theoretically use either half pipe or the inverse as a strategy. But they tend to favor one method. Why? It's all in there head. Grinders seem to be a mix of power and enduro. Rockets also. Pure power fighters suffer gas outs the most, but they could also be a mix fighter that chooses intensity over stamina.

  5. Your theory makes perfect sense. My own theory is that there is a 6th. Which I would say Bruce Lee was. Let's call it Water. Adaptable and devastating. Sounds accurate enough, wouldn't you say?

  6. Thank you for one taking this!

    Yes, now that I think about it that's how I usually choose my training buddy. I sometimes practice with different people depending on what segment of my slope I need to work on

  7. Your theory is right but a little bit short, i just want to add some more… don't know if you've ever heard of it but in some ancient traditional martial arts especially in kung fu of old times, the way of master to train their students is they make them to memorize the moves/forms and then they want them to forget it after… they do that everyday. The reason is that when the students do that, what retains is the essence of the moves/forms. As the highest level of martial arts is actually forgetting. Only when they forget those moves, then they wont be restrained by them.
    Learning martial arts is not about remembering what's exactly taught in the books because everyone of us is different. No matter how good someone is with that style of martial arts, it might not be the best for him. That's why they have to learn the martial art itself, it's not for learning those moves, but for how to convert the things they've learned into their own fighting style..

    The strongest martial art technique is to have no technique.
    Just like when you start from the basics then you tried to the advance moves then you return to the basics again. The basics of your martial arts is the strongest move because it is the very essence of it. That all :))

  8. I am 31 years old. I have been a martial artist, cyclist, runner, and generally an endurance athlete. I am unsure which one I am. I am kinda the half pipe and grinder hybrid. Then again with age I turned from a half pipe to a grinder but it's not perfect. I seem to never sink to the bottom for too long but I do plateau a bit on the bottom end before gaining a second or third wind. When I was younger I was a grinder but at a slightly higher performance where as now I changed so I have more output early then conserve and then really push at the end. It's both an age and maturity thing. So thoughts?

    Style wise I am fundamentally an inside kickboxer with heavy influences from Kenpo, Muy Thai, and karate with sprinkles of jujitsu both stand up and ground based. I am definitely a counter offensive and aggressive fighter.

  9. They are not styles, they are physiological factors that would influence if not dictate your fighting strategy. ACTUAL style is more psychological than physical, for instance I practice arts that do not suit me physically because they suit my emotionally and psychologically…and because I am probably slightly in denial.

  10. When you came up with these categories, did you check that they remain consistent throughout the day?
    I'm wondering if it is possible for someone to be one type in the morning, but a different type in the evening?

  11. Very interesting theory. I had an instructor years ago tell me your personal style will be different than anyone who ever lived because you are different than anyone else. which I feel is still true but the Archetype idea I think dovetails with that concept well.

  12. Pitbulls are an anomaly, I think. They have performance and endurance. Truly an animal, formed by man, to have both attributes. That's why it's such a scary proposition for their adversaries.

  13. I think there is truth to this too. I don't have enough experience, but it seems to be true in work effort expended.

  14. I think I'm a ski-slope which has a ramp on his way down. Basically, as I'm going "downhill", I might spike up and then go down for sure, but not all the way down, more like "grinder descent" 😀
    Long story short, I'm a zig zag…zig zag, that is trying to become a spiky, flat line looking grinder.

  15. because I'm still pretty new to combat sports, I start tense and as I get tired, I relax and start dodging a bit better. And it's odd, I'm pretty small but not naturally light on my feet or fast.

  16. 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

  17. 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).

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

  19. I do agree it makes sense and it's so basic how didn't i notice it before
    I'm not sure about my style yet

  20. 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 it’s a formulated design. (Too many rules & not using your full range) being held back doesn’t help you mentally because your already at a disadvantage.

    I’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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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 😂😂😂. Keep doing what you do. 🙌

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

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

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

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. I’m a mix of Karate, boxing/kickboxing , and Kempo myself (the three styles I’ve trained in). I mainly practice Karate these days (my first style was Shotokan and that’s what I keep going back to), but I do tend to throw in some boxing/kickboxing and kempo when I’m sparring as well. I’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 I’m 11 years out of practice this year lol).

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

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