Written by Keith Vargo
There are a few videos floating around the Web of old-time catch-as-catch-can wrestler Billy Robinson. In one of them, he recounts easily handling a famous strongman in the early 1970s. After beating him over and over, Billy Robinson claims the bewildered powerlifter asked him, “What makes you so good?”
Billy Robinson’s response: “It’s not me that’s so good. It’s you that knows nothin’!”
The point of the story was to show that catch wrestling is more about skill and knowledge than it is about strength, but it sums up why any martial artist succeeds or fails in a fight.
How Important Are Self-Defense Techniques?
Lots of factors determine success or failure in combat—your level of fitness, how you handle fear, your skill set and so on—but in a very real way, knowledge precedes and determines all of them.
The obvious example is your skill set. Whether you’re in the ring or in a self-defense situation, you have to know a set of fighting techniques to succeed. If you want odds that are better than a mere chance of winning, knowledge is key.