Somebody mentioned this in another thread but I felt it deserved a thread of its own:
Do Ring systems work on the street?
I'll start off with MT. While at striking range I feel that MT is a very powerful art. One of the best as far as striking is concerned. I relate to the "Science of 8 limbs" (2 hands, 2 elbows, 2 knees, 2 feet/shins) and each is an effective striking tool.
I doubt many street attackers could absorb a couple of low line kicks to the thighs or ball of the knee. However, if the fight passed striking range the MT boxer has no grappling techniques. And since most fights go to the ground this is where the weakness in the system lies.
However, if a street fight goes to the ground you have already phuckked up. Since the aggressor may have friends (all willing to kick your head in once you are down) and your movement is seriously restricted. The possibility of a knife or other edged weapon make grappling on the street highly dangerous. So with all this in mind and taking a 5 second (if that) fight scenerio. How does the MT boxer hold up in a street fight.
IMHO he/her stands a good chance. Powerful strikes, foot work and timing are the plus'. No grappling, weapon skills, throws are the negatives.
How do you think the other ring systems would fare?
I personally would never like to fight a sumo wrestler <img src=icon_smile.gif border=0 align=middle>