I started doing Shotokan Karate 2 months ago. Found it appealing becasue of the philosophy behind it, and the moves and form blended really well with Muay Thai. something I used to practice in my younger days. I will pick up Muay thai again. Shit is so fun.
I practiced Shotokan Karate from 7 years old for 14 years before I herniated a lumbar disc. I acquired my 1st Dan at 12 and participated in national tournaments in my country for several years and did quite decently. I regret never going for my 2nd Dan. During my graduate studies I joined the Aikido club of my university, which was run by a couple of great teachers, and it was an awesome experience as I had the opportunity to practice a lighter, compared to Shotokan, martial art. I live in Beijing now so I plan to one day pick up a Chinese art, either Tai Chi or Wing Chun.
From my perspective, a martial art is only as strong as its user. Grappling is pretty strong indeed but a clean strike to certain parts of the head can seriously disorientate you therefore placing you at a huge disadvantage as well. Karate has a punch that can leave you breathless for awhile when striking the small point below the solar plexus.
I am a master in the arts On NInjutsu, Sai-supsu, deep underground arts of tunnel jitsu. I have advanced training in weapons and tactics, explosive placement as well as disposal. 25 medals in open long range sniper aim and assessment techniques. I am also a master of the one inch punch, I’m able to punch through solid walls from a sitting down toilet position.
I’ve dabbled with fencing for an indeterminate number of years, if that counts. I take part in lessons less often than usual nowadays due to university clashing with it, although I do have the occasional opportunity to poke poor souls with bendy swords every now and then.
Didn’t need to know how to wrestle, or be labelled as “BJJ” to know how to do that.
If that were the case, nobody would ever get punched.
Funny as hell to watch, not funny when the other guy cracks his skull open on the pavement.
TKD has a massive cross-training history within MMA.
…something that developed out of real life situations is suddenly useless? The way people fight outside the octagon hasn’t changed one bit.
Kyokushin does this as well.
Not true. If anything, it has only shown that both are required knowledge. If grappling was indeed superior to striking, striking KOs would never occur.
This simply proves my previous point.
This also proves my previous point.
PS: Going to ground (whether you’re stupid enough to go for a shoot or you just get tackled) is a sure way to get fucked up. Give your buddy a training knife and go for a roll, you’ll see how shit ground fighting is in “real life”.
The old arts don’t suck. People have simply gotten soft. MMA brought full contact training back into the mainstream, and for that I can appreciate it.
Pretty much what Da Boogeyman said. MMA has proven (so far) that in order to be dominant, you must excel in BJJ, wrestling or both. And while the sport of MMA is in relative infancy, it is only becoming even more increasingly apparent year after year that BJJ and wrestling are pretty much essential if you even want to be anywhere competitive.
The things Da Boogeman listed may sound like blunt generalizations, but they speak a lot of truth. Another thing I will add is that a good grappler can neutralize a good striker’s striking, but a good striker cannot neutralize a good grappler’s grappling.
was almost a black belt in tkd but i dropped out right before to do other stuff (i was burned out anyway and not taking it as seriously as when i first started)…i’ve recently thought about doing judo or jiujitsu this time around, tho.