Well, Os just pointed out something that a lot of folks ignore. BJJ and MMA gyms LOVE challenge matches, rules or no rules. I can pretty much guarantee that if a Karate/JJJ/Kung Fu/TKD guy called or stopped by a legitamate mixed martial arts or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school, they could have a challenge match set up in a matter of days, probably hours if your timing was right. My school (Jackson Gaidojutsu) used to have challengers walk in and ask for some combat every 4 months or so. That kind of thing has tapered off, especially since our pro guys started dominating KOTC and our school won Grappler's Quest in Vegas. Hell, I even wound up in a challenge submission match without even knowing it, on one occasion. And we're not assholes about it or anything. If anyone wants to walk in to our place and fight one of the established fighters, they are more than welcome.
And here's the thing. If some TMA guy walked in and did really well against some of our experienced fighters, I would take the guy seriously and probably ask for lessons. If some guy in a gi can own one of our pro fighters, he's the man in my book and I'll listen to anything he has to say about fighting. I'm more than willing to learn from someone that proves they know what they are talking about. He has to show me, though, he can't just talk the talk. Claiming you can beat the crap out of 5 guys at once or can kill a person with some kind of internal 'energy' doesn't cut it. One on one, full contact fighting. First one to submit loses. That's how you prove you can fight.
That's the problem most people have with TMAs. They talk a lot of ****, but don't even bother to drive 15 minutes across town to challenge the BJJ, MMA or Muay Thai guys that have an open door policy. If some TMA school was to call Greg and invite him and some of his baddest guys over for a challenge match, dudes would be begging Greg to let them tag along. Since that doesn't happen any more, I guess the point has been proven, at least in Albuquerque.
"Go cry about it Vargas. Aren't you late for your shift at McDonald's?"
sounds like fun
Hard work, Patience, Dedication.
"However, learning different techniques to the extent that they all merge into a homogenous blob"
The reason this happens is that fighting is fighting and that is what it looks like, if you are going to limit yourself to moving in a stylised manner then you are limiting yourself and your options. You cannot fight in a stylised pattern when your opponent is coming in at you hell bent on killing you - NHB proves this time and time again.
The art is in the performance, not in forms or fancy techniques.
perfectly put phil
Edited by - OMG on May 06 2003 14:19:57