Fighting arts and credibility
I posted this on another thread but I would like some fresh views on the topic.
I have a serious question, is there another way to prove the applicabilty of a fighting art other then modern day competitions or video footage?
By this I mean could there be proof in the history of the people who created it?
The only reason I say this is because there are other fighting arts out there like Filipino art forms or Indonesian art forms. Filipinos fought off many countries by hand and stick and are famed for their knife fighting yet they have no roots in MMA competitions. THey have never had a serious contender in the UFC nor do I think their schools really care too (generalization). But does this make them inferior?