Unarmed Combat and Martial Arts
In this thread I invite everyone with martial arts experience to tell us a little about your style and why you like it. How does it help you defend yourself in the real world? :nutkick: Is that even why you study it? Feel free to post YouTube vids to demonstrate something or make a point. Also, stick fighters and knife users are welcome to take part.
I know we have done this kind of thread before, but not for a while, and I think it should be informative.
Please note: While good discussion would be great, let's not bash anyone or their opinions and preferences. :nono:
I have been studying MMA for several years now. I believe in being able to fight effectively at the three ranges of unarmed combat: kicking, punching, and grappling (both standing and on the ground), and MMA is great for this. We spend a lot of time on all three. Kicks help with balance, and I think they have their place in the defensive toolbox. Long periods of time spent throwing combos against a heavy bag without respite train the mind and the body to keep going even when it's hard, and there is no workout quite like a 3-min. round of free grappling, even when you're getting your butt kicked. :tired: Throws teach you to get a person with superior boxing and / or kicking skills to the ground, and are really fun to learn / use.
I do wish the training incorporated some weapons (Bo, Jo, knives, escrima, etc.).Those are never used in the octagon, but knowing how to use them could be useful on the street. Also, we do not learn eye gouges, groin strikes, or the like (again, because they are banned in competition).
Please, let me know what you like and why. :smile: