MMA is a sport.
In real fight theres no rules, no crotch guard, no mouth guard for your teeth, theres no ref to try to ensure your head doesnt get smashed in, etc. In
a real fight you can attack to the eyes, groin and throat to stop the fight very quickly. Gee .. these just happen to be the three most popular
attacking spots for a traditional martial artist, particularly Chinese arts, as Bruce Lee tells the world in his interview just recently posted on
ATS. It's black and white, called the lost interview? He explains all of this. He learned fighting based on Chinese traditional .. it was only then
that he branched out and made his own "style. In the end, EVERYONE makes their own style, they just do not name it .. unless it becomes so
ridiculously proficient that people beg you to teach them, then it becomes legend, and is named, and becomes a style to pass on you see? so all these
styles, were just things that worked for ONE guy .. in the end, everyone will have a different form of perfection.
In MMA, when someone takes a solid groin hit, an accidental finger to the eye, or gets punched in the throat, the referee is inbetween the two men in
an instant calling a timeout, as one is on the ground reeling in pain. We've all seen it .. I'm tired of the MMA fan boys. I like to watch it, but I
know it is not literally fighting, it is comparable to a harder form of boxing or kickboxing. But they go around talking all this crap about
traditional martial arts. Do you realize that every single one of those MMA guys practice traditional martial arts and incorporate them into their
fighting. Did you know Jujitsu is a traditional art? It came from Judo, which can be traced over time to Northern China, IMO.
In the early days of martial arts, you had to train for 3 years in something other
than Taiji or Bagua, then when you were proficient enough,
you could be taught at the next level. And even then, Taiji and Bagua are a set a concepts more than a structured system. All the fancy flowing forms
are NOT how we move when we actually use these arts to fight. You don't rely on a pre-set form to fight. The form is a set of movements that has
hidden within it OTHER movements and applications that do not become apparent until 2 or more people are using the forms together and practicing, then
you can unlock all of the actual movements and attacks and defenses.
I hate to do this but .. look up my boy BlackTaoist on Youtube. He has a channel where he posts up clips, showing the form THEN the applications, or
the applications and then shows you the little piece from the form that it came from. Often times, you're left scratching your head because the
fighting movements and the form movements do not look the same. But when you perform them, they FEEL the same..
Here's a link to his most recent video: www.youtube.com...
[edit on 8/18/2008 by runetang]