Do YOU do any Martial Arts?


^ question. what’s the point of all the knowledge behind kung fu if it’s “unusable in real life”


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 started off with Jujitsu but now I train Wing Chun and I’m looking to practice Wushu.


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.


Aikido sounds like it might be good to learn about. I wonder if anyone has something to add to this.


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.


This thread appears every year…


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.


Mr Tim, I salute for trying to reason with the silly shit going on in here.


another question… what’s the point of boxing in MMA? seems you can get along just fine with muay thai and grappling.



see frankie edgar, anderson silva, georges st pierre, matt mitrione, frank mir, dominick cruz, jose aldo


ah thanks. nice precise answer. had no idea


Bitches please
I know Shaq Fu
Ain’t no one ain’t frontin’
When my ball kick is through –

Whoa, wait, someone did the Shaq Fu thing already?

… Fuck.

Even though I’m by myself and have a laptop for porn, I feel uneasy jerking off in hotel rooms.


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.


With boxing just watch any prime james toney or mike tyson, movement pretty much, foot work, defense, and well head movement

Watch how tyson sways and ducks punches and hits the dempsey roll (lol)

Also look at anderson silva/forrest griffin

Forrest throws these sloppy punches not intended to knock out just make contact, anderson avoids all those crappy punches. Sherdog goes crazy because omg somebody did not get hit.

It is wierd so many dudes in mma take damage to deal damage. I mean even gsp looked fucked after he owned shields.


^ lol shit sounds like a real style

k nice. so boxing is what mma turtlers would use


Going back in time to the ancient Greek Olympics, there was boxing and wrestling, and then there was Pankration, started in 646 BC.

There were only two rules regarding combat: contestants were allowed all except to gouge eyes or to bite.

Breaking toes and/or fingers was a valid way to escape a lock or choke, for instance.


Going all the way back 2500 years ago, people then understood as people today understand, going to the ground or standing is up to each athlete’s strengths versus the opponent’s weaknesses. If one doesn’t train in something, one can expect the opponent will try to make you use it.

I’ve done Tae Kwon Do and Judo. The only other martial art I’ve spent any significant amount of time on is Eskrima, but I haven’t spent nearly as much as the other two. I’ve taken lessons, formal or informal, in lots of various martial arts. I did Aikido for two months, but it was boring.

Any kind of submissions wreslting/grappling along with some practical striking will make someone a practical fighter in MMA style rules as we know it. It’s all about the training method. If you aren’t training by fighting then you aren’t training to fight!

Someone asked about Aikido:

Are your goals to just have fun? There’s no problem with that you are allowed to do anything you want.

But Aikido is widely considered not practical because they don’t train through fighting like its contemporary Judo does. In every class I ever took for Judo, after initial warm ups, we did free grappling, 3 minutes per partner for 20 minutes or so, where we try to submit each other (or under Judo rules, pin for 30 seconds). In Aikido, after initial warmup, we practiced some techniques on a partner who would let you practice on him/her. That’s the major difference. In Aikido you almost never deal with someone who wants to stop you, in Judo, my opponent is always trying to stop me and in fact is trying to defeat me.

On top of that, in Aikido we never did grappling. Grappling is basically the most effective method for training your physical and mental bodies, to push your limits to new boundaries. It’s the thing I miss most about going to class and competing every day. I can work out and stretch every morning and after work, but it’s just not the same as fighting an opponent.