Generally speaking, there is the stand-up striking phase of the fight (no grappling yet) and of course there is the fighting on the ground phase of the fight. There is also a transitional phase between the above mentioned phases. My question is; which MA is best at this middle phase of the fight?
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I'd go with Aikido, Tai Chi and Sumo*. That is of course presuming that you want to stay upright and your attacker on the ground.
*Please insert your countries stand up wrestling/grappling art. No culture has ever not developed one.
It is not the art, but you. But what I can think of an art that COMBAT SCHOOLS IN GENERAL or PRIVATE MASTERS WHO TAKE ON DISCIPLES is probably aikido/hapkido, BJJ, military muay thai, and shuai chiao
You know Sam, would you believe I have not found ONE scrap of information on Sumo that didn't involve morbidly obese men in loin cloths awkwardly shoving each other? What's real sumo like?
Sumo is basically shoving... as far as I know. There is probably more to it in the past, but these days its just raw strength, a solid base, and a lot of weight. Then you make them touch the ground...
Some principles from it would be good for shoving techniques for range control and in-fighting I'd think... but a LOT of arts have rules against "shoving" which I find rather annoying...
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A friend taught me some basic sumo years ago, and there is a lot more skill involved than you think. It takes a lot of footwork, and a lot of hand techniques. Trapping, rolling, there is everything. A lot of the ties and set-ups are also found in wrestling.
There is ALOT to sumo than just shoving. Lot of technique and strategy is involved. You think moving that much flesh around the ring is easy?
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If you know how hard these guys train... It's like the traditional master-disciple system, where it's private and you train at least 5 hours in a day, and learn 24 hours a day by watching or noticing.
The sumos aren't just fat, big, strong people. They are also faster than you think. Pro sumos punch an average of 7-8 full punches in a second, can do the splits, and if they need to run, they can run for quite a while with their stamina and are explosive running wise, as some are timed at 4.7 on the 40 yd. Not bad for a 400+ pounder, wouldn't you say?
Thanx for the sumo link Asia
So far we have;
Military muay thai
recommended for the transitional phase between the stand-up striking phase of the fight (no grappling yet) and the fighting on the ground phase of the fight. (We need a name for this phase)
If military muay thai is like regular Muay Thai, then Iíll say that it is good but incomplete for this phase of the fight.
I love BJJ for the ground but I canít recommend it for this phase of the fight. Not on the street anyway, itís fine for sport though.
I havenít any training in the other arts mentioned, but they donít look that good to me.
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"I havenít any training in the other arts mentioned, but they donít look that good to me" LMAO! Its great when someone forms a educated opinion. :)
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