|Two Jar Slave |
I don't blame Mr. MMA for issuing this challenge, because every boxer and MMA guy I've known has expressed a desire to beat the crap out of placid monks, but I do blame Mr. Tai Chi for being deluded enough to accept it. There were other responses available, chiefly: "tai chi isn't about that."
In my mind, this is like an Olympics-level discus thrower claiming to have practical military skills. Whatever purpose traditional martial arts once served (which is very little), it's since become so abstracted that putting a traditional practitioner into the ring is deliberately missing the point. Traditional martial artists can claim an aesthetic purpose, or athletic, or spiritual (whatever that means), but at this point nobody should have any illusions about winning a fight against an actual fighter. When these challenges come up, the old senseis can only blame themselves for believing their own hype.
Anyway, I realize that this is all obvious as heck. But I guess I still have a chip on my shoulder about the seven years of martial arts I did before trying boxing and being laid out by a guy who'd been sparring for a few months. I wasn't terribly brainwashed anymore at that point, but it was still surprising to see, in the end, just how little all my dojo drills were worth.
That's pretty much it. Traditional martial arts have spent long periods within their very own bubbles. They haven't been allowed or even attempted to evolve. MMA is constantly being tested and constantly evolving.
"Competative marital arts" is probably more accurate than "traditional Marital Arts."
Because marital arts have, for the most part, been a sport with virtually no relationship to actual fighting since repeating firearms became common and reliable.
Not to say that MMA isn't also a sport, but it's a sport whose whole conceit seems to be staying as practical as possible without actually mortally injuring each other.
This video is like putting an Olympic foil fencer up against a comparably skilled HEMA rapier fencer. Their skill levels may be comparable, but they are skilled in different disciplines.
There are already MMA fighters with a Sanda background or base. It's a good martial art and shares a lot with muay Thai, which is of course a great base for MMA.
Plenty of people in the MMA community understand and accept traditional martial arts for what they are. This guy just seems like a bozo trying to make a name for himself.
These Ip Man movies keep getting worse.
|The Mothership |
Apples vs oranges.
In an apple competition.
I'm trying to decide whether to put my kids in boxing or jiu-jitsu. Sometimes people will suggest kung-fu or karate and I just have to chuckle to myself.
How is "Hooligan" not considered a proper martial art? And what's all this BS about showing up for competitions sober?
Sexy Duck Cop
BJJ. It's insanely fun, practical, and way less wear and tear on your body
|Sexy Duck Cop |
In fairness to the Tai Chi guy, it was pretty unfair of the organizers to allow unorthodox techniques such as "punching" and "continuing to punch" in a fight. I mean, the guy's only a Triple Grandmaster. He doesn't have time to figure out a counter to every move in the universe.
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