Those were the days, I remember them fondly.
Originally Posted by It is Fake
Do you think he worked on that in sparring, or did the crazy just build up over time until he could no longer contain it?
Originally Posted by csharp.negative
"Your body must be like a stone, your mind... like a meatloaf."
Originally Posted by strikistanian
Originally Posted by Devil
Originally Posted by Plasma
Originally Posted by ermghoti
I wish I remembered what one of my classmates did in a small tournament he fought in recently. Did NOT drill the combo, did NOT use those techniques a lot in sparring, and HE didn't even know what he threw until he saw the video, but he knocked the guy out with it! :D
You know, my opinion here, but I'm not sure that all these different styles really looked like MMA back in Ye Olde Times. Styles can hold up quite well against themselves...so if two karate practitioners are going full contact, both in side stances and what not, they kind of balance each other out. Events like the UFC originally had these 'style vs. style' match-ups all the time, and it really became clear what did and didn't work.
Originally Posted by Krijgsman
That's not to say folks weren't cross training and incorporating elements from different styles to some extent already, but things really changed after the first few UFC's and knockoffs. It was just in your face and impossible to deny that many of the myths we all believed from our early MA experiences were exposed. At this point you could say that "MMA" became its own martial art that balances effective striking, grappling, and submissions. Fighters today train totally differently than they did way back when.
I'm sure this has all been said before, but just my $0.02.
ALL styles are effective if you condition your knuckles enough by doing push ups on concrete.
I dunno, I tried concrete push-ups for a good 6 months, and I still couldn't project Chi One damn bit...
Originally Posted by PDA
Your feet must have been touching the floor.
Originally Posted by Keslet
I believe a lot of times, when we see sparring in different styles, and they start to look similar to each other, a lot of the blame for that similarity should fall on the safety gear.
Big boxing gloves, head gear, shin pads, whatever combination of gear you use, it all narrows down your options.
I always thought one of the reasons for the success of Muay Thai in MMA was because hand wraps and gloves are so completely integrated into the art, there is no need to translate from practice to sparring/competition.
I wonder if there are some very effective techniques/styles that get lost (or drift too far into BS-space) because of the safety gear we train/compete with.
I would argue this. Uechi ryu, for example, uses a square, upright stance. The low kata style stances were especially emphasized when Funakoshi spread Shotokan.
Originally Posted by Cuddles
How can anyone question Cuddles' decades of Karate experience?
Originally Posted by Permalost
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