As a result of the public's attraction to the flamboyant, many martial arts have become display oriented. They have changed their rules, increased the fighting range, and award more points for flashy, large movement kicks to take advantage of the public's attraction to flamboyant techniques, but the techniques are practically useless in combat. Combatants stand far away from each other and perform flashy techniques for the crowd. Nowadays, the public considers the better fighter to the one with the most flamboyant skills. However, in reality, combat is an extremely physical, up-close, personal activity that allows combatants to display their affective combative behavior.
Nowadays, as a result of overexposure to flamboyant fighting skills, people begun to think that displaying flamboyant fighting skills is the way humans should exhibit affective combative behavior. However, the natural way for humans to display effective combative behavior is same as the behavior animals exhibit when they enter into territorial combat. There is little fighting, it is usually just a display of prowess and combat behavior in an attempt to intimidate the interloper. Nowadays, as a result of viewing action movies, combat video games, etc., people have forgotten how to read the displays of combat that humans naturally exhibit.
Human and animal combat displays use specific types of movement, posture, and visual activity. Human predators will display the intentions of a predator. They will view the victim impersonally. The victim is not someone to be punished or someone who arouses anger, he or she is merely a victim to be dominated, and, if necessary, defeated. Everybody should always be aware of their situation and environment, but a predator is also aware of how to dominate it and has the intent to exploit it. The goal of combat is not stand and exchange blows, but to explosively dominate the situation as effectively and efficiently as possible.