reply to post by rubbertramp
I grew up on bar fights, and I remember the old "tough man" contests from when I was a kid and a teen. I even knew a few winners of those things. I
had martial arts training, and I wrestled in high school, and some aspects of it were useful in a fight, but others were only useful in a safe setting
like a karate tournament or wrestling match.
Since the sports of kickboxing and tough-man have been merged into the UFC, I haven't been at all impressed. I see so many opportunities for the
fighters to actually hurt one another, do some damage, and finish a bout, but they miss those opportunities and strategize for particular holds
instead. Too much thinking, not enough fighting. There just isn't much killer instinct in the sport. I'd put up a Mike Tyson or a George Foreman
against any of those UFC guys. I'd put up most of my old bar buddies against any of those guys! There is just something special about a guy that
wants to dig out your eyeball and put it in a jar on his desk, or bite off one of your ears and spit it into the crowd.
So, not impressed with the UFC whatsoever, but I have been thinking of getting in a little better shape and visiting a local UFC gym. At 38, I don't
think I'll be competing in the sport, but maybe working out with young guys can get me in better shape and teach them a thing or two about finishing a
And for what its worth, I also hate Ju Jitsu. I was brought up on Goju-Ru and Judo. I learned some Aikido along the way. Boxing is always good.
Roman-Greco Wrestling compliments just about any other style, but I've never seen Ju Jitsu really help much against a tough guy or a very strong guy.
One good square kick or punch and the Ju Jitsu fighter is dazed, confused, and vulnerable. But then again, I've never been a fan of any "pretty" or
long-winded fights. I like short, quick, lethal movements. Get it over with and get the hell out of there.
Hope my whole post doesn't sound negative. I really just need to have my ass kicked by one of these Ju Jitsu or UFC guys before I'll give it any
To the OP, I hope your training goes very well. It really does look like a whole lot of FUN!
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