a reply to: enlightenedservant
I agree with your assessment completely.
I will say this, I am an orange belt in American Kenpo Karate, yellow belt in Tae Kwon Do, I studied Kali/Escrima for a couple of years, and did
Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu (Wah Lum) for three years. I also have defensive tactics training as a police officer.
I am also 6' 1" and 245lbs. No where near in as good of shape as Bruce Lee or a professional MMA fighter, but I am not slow and decently strong.
When I started training at American Top Team (BJJ/Muay Thai) my coaches were aware of my background. As such, they wanted to "test" me to see where I
was in my striking and grappling capabilities.
They put me up against one of our professional fighters Adam Collarile. He is about 5' 8" and 145lbs. He absolutely destroyed me. I could barely land
a punch or kick. He countered most of my strikes, took me to the ground and smashed me with his knee on my belly, eventually submitted me via a rear
Adam was probably only giving about 50% too. If he went full force I would have never even landed a strike. It would of been over in less than a
Most people that study traditional martial arts develop a false sense of security. I get it, I was there. They pay a lot of money and put a lot of
time into their art. I respect those arts 100%. Hell, I have my kung fu school logo tattooed on my arm.
That said, just take a look at how most traditional martial arts teach a person to block a low punch or kick...with a low arm block. I challenge any
person that studies traditional martial arts to block a low punch or kick with a low block against a person that studies MMA. As soon as you drop your
hand to chase that punch or kick you are going to be leveled with a secondary punch or head kick.
Also, many traditional martial artists drop their hands when they throw punches and kicks. Again, do this against a MMA fighter and it's lights
I do respect traditional martial arts and appreciate what they taught me. I also think that a highly trained traditional martial artist would wipe the
floor with someone that doesn't study any kind of fighting art.
However, against a trained MMA fighter, the outcome is usually not in their favor.
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