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MMA is martial arts, just a sports version. MMA is ok against an average person or in the ring, but in a fight with a skilled opponent MMA is useless because they just randomly mix moves without addressing the fundamental weaknesses of their fighting style and focus more on body conditioning than the actual techniques. For example, not counting UFC fighters, most MMA fighters have a wide range of moves but a shallow understanding of the martial art each move comes from and at best the knowledge of a third level belt in each. This leaves weaknesses that a traditional martial artist won't have because they have trained in their art longer. Also, MMA rules dictate that many lethal moves are not allowed. If the regular MMA fighter fights someone who is roughly a green belt in Shotokan Karate he will get his ass handed to him because his blows are heavier, going more for vitals and he knows moves the MMA fighter has no clue how to counter. Taekwondo shares the weakness of being sports oriented and therefore being watered down and not being as disciplined in general. Also, MMA fighters typically do not train against weapons. MMA is different from a martial artist who knows multiple martial arts. MMA learns some moves whereas a martial artist of diverse arts actually masters each art one at a time to a certain degree before moving on. At best even a UFC fighter can only match someone up to a 2nd dan black belt in a traditional martial art, but not for very long. If a person wants to learn martial arts to defend themselves, go with a school that teaches in a manner not geared towards tournaments. Traditional martial arts still exist after 1000s of years because they work, even against many modern weapons. They take longer to master and be effective, but once you are at that level, there is no comparison.
The ignorance in this post is just absolutely gobsmacking
My hubs is teaching our girls and our sons. A man needs to know how to protect himself and his family, and a weapon ain't always gonna be available
Certain martial arts such as tae kwon do are for tournaments and not very useful in a real fight. Unless you were in the unlikely scenerio of being in a street fight with an opponent who also uses that method.The ones that can grapple win. You want to win? Gain some upper body strength then learn greco-roman wrestling. You'll need that upper body strength but you'll be able to beat 90% of the everyday jokers out there no matter how big he is
In a one on one fight being able to grapple is important, but in the street you never know if it will be one on one. The attacker could have friends with him ready to kick you in the head while you're wrestling, especially if the fight ends up on the ground. That's why you need to learn how to strike hard to end it quickly also. The quickest way to end a fight is to knock your opponent unconscious.
Karate, Wing Chun, Kung Fu will not teach you how to stay calm and react under pressure, these styles do not even spar usually.Boxing, Kickboxing, Wrestling, BJJ and Judo will teach you how to fight a live opponent and dominate them not by brute strength but by technique.Personally I would never recommend any Traditional oriental martial art for self defense over a Western one. Only for recreational sport.
Even Bruce Lee learned western boxing! I think for defending against the average street bum, boxing is one of the best forms of martial art. Especially when learned to a high standard.
@FreshOutaIdeas Bruce Lee said someone with 1 year of boxing and wrestling could beat most traditional martial art black belts, I think he was right. I do Muay Thai and BJJ and both are lots of fun. Nice avatar.
In most instances you have 1 or 2 shots to put someone down I hand to hand if both parties are unarmed. In my thought process I see a weapon I use a weapon. Some throws a swing at me I'm trying to avoid the fight altogether and will probably back away unless I can't. I'm not the best when it comes to hand to hand even though I've had relatively thorough hand to hand training. If I must fight someone I will play dirty out of the gate.
Not mma sure that might help but if your in a fight for your life you want what the professional who risk their life every day use so find yourself a veteran prefer special forces and have them teach you to fight
You know most vets and even spec-ops guys aren't actually that great at hand to hand combat. Most of them spend their time training to be really good at killing you without getting that close.
My dad was spec ops trained as a sniper and taught me to fight and I haven't lost a fair fight yet
MMA = Mixed Martial Arts
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