Trying to be short: there are two types of folks who claims they know how to practice and learn MA to be effective: a) for self defense, you should learn very litlle amount of moves, they should be very simply, they should'n use fine motor skills, and they should be done instictively without thinking. Means you practice about 20 tehniques. Arguments are that while in stress you have no time to think which one of 35355 tehniques you will chose to defend and that while at stress you lose your fine motor skills. b) for self defense, you should learn numberless of tehniques so you can cover most of situations that can happen. you should do them first slowly and patient to gain perfect tehniques and then repeat it over 10 000 times and more so it becames your reflex and possibly second nature. Arguments are that while in stress you can not think much, but if you know many tehniques and they are practiced enough, your body and reflexes will choose the best tehnique. Fighting without thinking while moving from one tehnique and stance to another is the ideal and goal in this way of teaching. So i am a bit confused. First of all, am i right? Or i missed or don't know something? I belong to the b option, but there is litlle doubt which bothers me, can it be like that or it is just an ideal, or even a reason why a very big number of martial artists ins't so effective at all. I didn't have the oportunity to test it, neither i want, i just ask myself sometimes does knowing about 40 defending tehniques from wrist grab makes any sense in real world. What do you think of it?