MMA at Tae Kwon Do school. Bullshido? (Chu's Martial Arts)
Before you make any comments, please hear my story out.
I've been doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a bit more than a month now, at a school called Lin Martial Arts. Steve Lin has his own place in Markham, Ontario, but is also renting a room from Chu's Martial Arts in Toronto. I go to his Toronto facility, as it is closer. Chu's Martial Arts is primary a Tae Kwon Do school, and Master Chu heads that division up. A Muay Thai instructor also rents a room from Chu, so it seems to be a respectable school. Master Chu also goes to my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu class, and is a beast. Recently, he told me and a couple of other BJJ practitioners that he has an MMA class every friday, so we decided to check it out.
His MMA seemed allright, but there was something fishy about it. We did some regular stuff for the first half of class. We did some cardio, and upperbody strength building exercises. Afterwords, we worked on punching drills, and then on take downs and ground work. I noticed that there was an interestingly dressed fellow in the class. This is where it got weird. Once we hit the half mark, this individual declared himself as a master of Wing chun. He had been invited by Master Chu to work on our blocking drills. So here you go, in an MMA class where we had only 2 minutes prior practiced Muay Thai/BJJ, a Wing Chun master was giving us a run down. He was a great practitioner of Wing Chun however. I can't really tell if his techniques were any more effective than the Muay Thai, as I'm not a practitioner of either... But I could not hit him as hard as I tried. I could not take him down as much as I tried. So there we have this insanely fast Wing Chun guy, making an MMA class do wing chun drills. It was interesting, but very fishy.
Upon the completion of the class, we bow down to the Wing Chun master, and say our goodbyes. Put our mats away, ETC. I then talk to Master Chu. He plans on bringing professionals of other arts into our class. Boxers, Thai Boxers, He'll head up Tae Kwon Do, Judo ETC. This all seemed great... But is this all just smoke and mirrors? How are we supposed to learn MMA if we are introduced to a new martial art every week? I mean, sure the drills are there. But if I'm sparring Wing Chun one week, Muay thai the next, and Tae Kwon Do the last, am I going to learn anything?
This doesn't chang the fact that I really enjoyed this class, and plan on signing up... I just want to know how effective the things we learn will be? Keep in mind, I'm still a vanilla BJJ practioner.