Peedee, I would at least ask you to consider the rest of Bruce Lee's quote that you used. It changes the point entirely.
In regard to the rest, we agree in some areas, disagree in others, and that's the way the world turns. I won't try to argue with someone's opinion.
Peedee, You're absolutely right that most people who train for 2 years for MMA competitions will smear the floor with just about any non-competing martial artist. However, how much of that is conditioning and age?
I've always been of the contention that the apparent superiority of MMA fighters in supposed meetings comes from conditioning, itís not necessarily more skill. Are they more skilled than me, of course, are they more skilled than someone who has trained hard for as long as they've been alive, I'd say probably not, they are however likely to be better fighters.
There are things and styles that take longer to learn and arenít necessarily of use in competition and of only limited necessity in ďstreetĒ situations. For instance JKD Chick made the comment that below a blackbelt level aikido is fairly impractical. That doesnít negate the reasons for learning this style or similar ones. You canít maintain the level of athleteiscm or conditioning seen in MMA competition forever and what do you do after that is gone?
**Youre all a-holes*
"the only things kata are good for is fun, fitness, and looking cool. there is no way it helps your fighting. how many times when your sparring do you throw a twin forarm block and a chambered punch?"
Depends upon the kata and the instructors knowlage of them. I was just shown a nasty technique this weekend that's in one of my kata.
If you're using kata for anything other than a mnemonic (sp?) device for memorizing techniques, you're wasting time.
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