You pretty much covered everything there,
The hard part is finding a school of an art which combine to give the student tutelage in all
of the areas you listed. So many today are
lacking in one way or another, which is actually where the term 'MMA', or 'mixed martial arts' comes from. It simply means mixing various arts
together to create an overall better system for yourself.
Some styles emphasis on ground grappling, others in standing grappling, others in close range striking, others in longe range leg striking, some are
good with close up grappling and striking, but have no real kicking above the waist. Something is always missing and therefore there is no complete
art. Not even 'Jeet Kune Do', sorry Bruce Lee fans.
It just so happens that there's a popular trend in MMA sport circuit fighting that combines Muay Thai striking with Brazilian JuJitsu ground fighting
/ wrestling. But this is not the only effective combination, nor the only combination used. There's a really good guy in UFC right now, Lyoto Majida?
Something like this? He uses Karate of all things for his striking foundation. He recently beat Tito Ortiz in what they said was Tito's last UFC
Therefore, one can combine the Chinese arts of close range striking and close range grappling whilst standing prominent in the more 'complete'
Chinese styles, and combine it with some mediocre ground fighting training, Jujitsu but that isn't the only one, and be all around just as good and
effective in the MMA sport circuit as the guys using Muay Thay & BJJ. But this is because there are a plethora of locks, holds, and other grappling
techniques (Chin-Na / Qin-Na) that can be applied in some ways to an on the floor, ground fighting situation. It is a different approach to
As for me, I personally practice Taiji (Tai Chi Chuan), Old Yang style (Yang Liu-Chan's form, not Yang Cheng-fu's) with a few elementary striking
techniques from Hsing-I Chuan, or Xing-Yi as I call it. I hope to study Bagua Zhang one day, but I've only been doing Taiji for just under a year.
Before this approx 7 years ago I studied Wing Chun for about a month then stopped. So I learned the fundamentals of the Chinese boxing but didn't go
anywhere with it. Despite that, it allows me to fight even better up close to the opponent, which Taiji is good for anyways.
[edit on 8/18/2008 by runetang]