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One eye jab and it all goes to hell

During a recent UFC match I saw one of the guys get poked in the eye. The whole fight stopped. Now, I’m not sure, there may have been a little acting involved, but a hard, well trained fighter got stopped in his tracks with a move a 12 year old girl could have pulled off.

The whole sport vs. martial art thing came into focus. I think the difficulty has been that the MMA guys are dangerous people, they train hard, they are (usually) in amazing physical condition. They also continually test their techniques, to a level that martial arts cannot. This is not a group of individuals that I’d want to get angry.

Now imagine a world where those same guys train just as hard, are just as disciplined, but train in a martial art that includes the intent to mame or kill. Although the techniques cannot be tested, it’s good to have an awareness of them, and they can be practiced in a controlled and safe setting.

As with every great debate, there is truth on all sides. And I believe that the majority of the Martial/Fight community respects and learns from each other. Unfortunately it’s those that are the loudest that have the most visibility.

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Written by Dan

April 9, 2009 at 8:21 am

Posted in Martial Arts

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Dojo busting

*start rant*
I’m not a fan of dojo busting, I think it’s disrespectful and ignorant (can’t you sense the impending but?), but… The Systema guys make me crazy. It’s not that I don’t think it’s a legitimate martial art (whatever that means), it’s the promises they’re making. I get the impression that many of the sub-systems within Systema are trying to advertise that they are comparable to Krav Maga, MCMAP, or Silat Sharaf. I’ve met and worked out with some of these guys, they seem a little psychotic, and take the practical nature of their arts very seriously.

I’ve ranted about this before in Martial Arts Stuff Ep 10, but it grinds my gears every time I see it. And maybe I’m way off base. You never know if you think something sucks because your too ignorant to see it, or too smart to be taken by it. I’ve got to believe that after being in the martial arts for 25 years, I can smell bull shit when I step in it. I’ve never had a problem with the arts that are “less than” combat oriented, but it’s dangerous to sell someone self defense that won’t work when when they need it to.

  • end rant*

Written by Dan

April 2, 2009 at 8:00 am