At the start of my blogs, I’ve mentioned how traditional martial arts have received lots of criticism sense the rise of MMA. People believed that these flashy styles like Karate and kung Fu were only good for movies. And generally speaking, this was true. The fact of the matter was, when traditional martial arts were tested against wrestlers and Muay Thai fighters, they would lose 99% of the time. Their flying kicking techniques and the way they planted themselves made them very susceptible to take downs and low kicks.
Having said that, we are now seeing a return in traditional martial arts with great success.
I’ve tried to show how the sport of MMA has evolved in various stages, from submission specialists, to wrestlers, and later, strikers specializing in Muay Thai and Kickboxing. For a while, virtually every athlete would focus on developing particularly these styles of martial arts. Then in around 2007, a man by the name of Lyoto Machida began dominating the light heavy weight division in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). People began to take notice of his unique Karate style. He went undefeated for 16 fights, eventually winning the light heavy weight title.
Why was he so successful when so many others failed in the past? Well for one, he was also a black belt in BJJ, and he also trained is Sambo (a form of wrestling) for many years. He was a well-rounded martial artist. What made him different was his awkward timing and distance, combined with his unique footwork, made him a very challenging opponent. Shortly after, other fighters such as Steven Thompson would go on to have very successful MMA careers.
In conclusion, if anyone tells you that one martial art is superior to the rest, they’re wrong. Every martial art has its strengths and weaknesses. The key is to learn all the different fascist of martial arts and decide on which ones work best for you. Your age, size and body type are also important to figuring out what makes you the best martial artist you can be. And most importantly, martial arts is about discipline and self-defense, so don’t go around picking fights with people just because you learned a cool new take-down or striking combo the day before.
Robert, Y. (2012, Feb) Tim Kennedy on traditional martial arts vs. mixed martial arts and how to get started in MMA. Retrieved from https://blackbeltmag.com/mixed-martial-arts-training/mixed-martial-arts/tim-kennedy-on-traditional-martial-arts-vs-mixed-martial-arts-and-how-to-get-started-in-mma/