Ok I have a little issue I would like to raise and I wish to cause no conflict or bad feeling in raising it.
Over the past day or two I have used the search function in this section to read up on various Martial Arts (Kung Fu, Aikido, Krav Maga, TKD, JKD) just out of interest. In every single thread I read, there was 1 thing I noticed, they were all hijacked by people saying things along the lines of "MMA would own Kung Fu" "MMA guys dont train in TKD cause its ****" "You want to be doing Brazilian JuJitsu, not that ***got Aikido, Gracie would own Steven Seagal" etc etc. You all know what I'm talking about as you have either read this stuff or posted these comments yourself.
We get it. We all know what happend in the early UFC's, when a Karate Master would compete etc. We know that grappling and submissions has proven to be the superior fighting style in this form of competition. However I dont see why these other more Traditional Martial Arts need to be disrespected so much.
Sure Ortitz would wipe the floor with an Aikido Master in the Octagon. However, who would win in a strict Aikido competition? The UFC have the skills and power to bring someone down, pound on them, slap a submission on etc, that style has been proven to be the "Ultimate Fighting" style, thats fair enough, but that in no way means they can beat experts of the traditional Martial Arts at their own style.
I have trained for a few years now in Freestyle, Greco Roman and submission wrestling. I have won a medal or two in club competition, nothing impressive but do my best and feel I have built my skills up to a respectable level. However when I go to my Wing Chun club my Si Fu could destroy me a dozen times before I even knew what happened. I'm sure given an opportunity I may be able to shoot for a leg and ground him and put him in a submission, but I'm not there for that, I am there to learn his art and in every demonstartion with him I am in awe of how easilly he found a way to strike me, knock me off balance, basically show me up.
I therefore have complete respect for him and his art. I therefore realise that if I went to a good Aikido club it would be the same story. If I went to to a good TKD club it would again be the same story. You get the picture. These people have dedicated their lives to their art, they are experts in their art, so what their art has floors and is not ideal for the UFC, they are concerned with their art and can beat you at their art.
I really dont see why just because MMA is the Ultimate fighting style that so much disrespect is show to the Traditional Arts. Especially by what I beleive many of you to be just fans of MMA. go take your swing at a Shaolin Monk, go shoot for their leg.....I wish you the best of luck with that :-)
I will continue with my Amatuer and submission wrestling, because I enjoy it and I know how effective it is for real life situations. I will also continue with Wing Chun Kung Fu and will soon start Praying Mantis Kung Fu. Why? because they interest me. Just because I know the styles wont stand up in the UFC doesn't stop them facinating me.
I hope I have not caused offence with this post. I hope I have not come across as anti MMA. I just felt that I wanted to raise an issue regarding the disrespect shown to various Martial Arts. If a guy simply says that he is interested in taking up Karate for self defence he does not deserve "Oh here we go, another moron who thinks they are going to be a deadly weapon because they know Karate. Send Bruce Lee to any MMA club and watch him get his ass handed to him by the most junior student. You dick!" blah blah blah. Just leave people be, they probably have 0 interest in competing in MMA or becoming a "deadly weapon", they may just have an interest in a certain Martial Art and want to take it up. Nothing wrong with that.