I'd bet he's an ASU guy.
Originally Posted by Omega Supreme
Well if he's not going to ask, I am. What makes you say that?
Originally Posted by DCS
Googled who is teaching Aikido at Omega's gym... not 100% sure about his affiliation/lineage but he seems to be ASU.
I understand the point you are making, why take any other style because when you end up fighting it looks like kickboxing/mma/bjj anyway. So why go about the long way to get to the same thing by training other styles. I think a lot of people miss the point that training other styles give you different tactics and different approach to fighting. Holding your hands up and punching a guy will look like boxing, kicking will look like kick boxing. So what. No good instructor will teach you to fight using a horse stance, its just for practice. TKD or sport karate look the way they do in sparing due to the rule set in the sport competition. This is an evolution of what it used to look like (kick boxing) due to the rules instituted. I trained in hapkido and tkd and never once was I told to fight using a back stance or horse stance and always hold your hands up.
Originally Posted by CapnMunchh
There is depth that is missing in all styles and cross training can benefit anyone. Im sure Omega can agree since he trained in like 30 styles last time I seen.
Originally Posted by svt2026
Don't get me wrong -- I'm not trying to dis traditional styles. I agree that there is value in learning all legitimate styles (chi ball throwing excepted), and that there are principles that can be learned from different arts that can help general fighting ability. I believe Aikido practice can contribute a lot and I still train in that system from time to time; tho its generally accepted that it does not work well for self defense unless its supplemented. Also, not everyone studies MA just to learn to fight.
But if your goal is learning to fight/defend yourself effectively within a relatively short period of time, say 3-5 yrs (of course, "short" is arbitrary), then the MMA model is the most efficient way to go. I'm not an expert on the history of MA, but I have read, and I think its true, that historically there have been Chinese and Japanese styles that combined striking, joint locking/throwing, and ground technique, that eventually came to focus on just one of those fighting ranges. The idea of training this way is supported by modern day military training, which by necessity needs to be practical, well rounded, and learnable in less than a lifetime. Its no coincidence that military training has "discovered" the value of ground training in the last decade or so.
The MMA scenario is naturally different from combat or street fighting conditions, but its still more permissive than what you get in the typical TKD, judo, or Shotokan tournament, and therefore its the most accurate way to test raw fighting ability.