I've been saying this about Kickboxing for years.
my mma intructure does the same thing. i know there's not a governing body in mma like karate or taekwondo, but the only thing your belt represents is your skill level.
My instructure is 5th dan in tkd and he has also trained in greco-roman wresting, bjj and boxing. So he as formulated his own tests in a way that in order to (for example) become a yellow belt you have to do everything it takes to be a yellow belt in tkd (minus the katas), and we also have to do hard sparring in kickboxing (boxing + tkd) and hard sparring in grappling (bjj + greko roman wrestling). So its not like its BS. Just as long as the training is good, the belts should not bother you.
I think we all are agreeing but in diffrent ways, the point I was trying to make has been said over and over, maybe I am not saying it right...... would not be the first time that happened.
If someone has a solid foundation in Martial Arts (say TKD like said above) and also has some training in BJJ, wrestling and boxing then combines them into MMA type skill sets and levels and wants to but a belt to it, is that really wrong?
Some on here seem to think if it is not a pure Martial Art you cannot put belts to it. And yes I agree MMA is not a Matial Art, it is more a fighting style per say, like self defense, or just a solid way to work out and also have self defense from it.
I think since there is no governing body, but to say that no one can train MMA with belts because its not a real Martial Art or a true Martial Art is kind of unfair. If the person is teaching a bunch of horse ****, then it is up to the student to recognize that and get the hell away from that school. Agreed?
Once again, I think Sambo got it right with the belt colors, and everyone else got it wrong.
Belt holds on the Gi jacket. If no jacket, no belt needed. Rash guard keeps the chest hair out of the mouth of everyone else. Colors...whatever.
Please explain how Sambo does thier belts? I am guessing everyone wears the same, just to keep the Gi closed?
There are two colors, red and blue. You wear what ever color you want when you train. When you are competing one person wears a red belt and the other wears a blue belt. Preferably you wear the appropriate color kurtka as well. So one person has red kurtka with red belt...
Basically it is there just to tell the difference between competitors in the match. Kinda like how in BJJ tournaments you wear either a red r blue band around your ankle. Otherwise the belt is to hold on the kurtka.
My kickboxing teacher always said, you are either student or teacher. No belt needed there.
In LEO combatives, the lower ranked students have black eyes and are tired after rolling for 3 minutes. The higher ranks roll for 8-30 minutes and get broken sweats not bones.