"I've developed my own fighting style. I call it Kwon Do. It's a combination of boxing and what I've learned through streetfighting." - Some guy on Rotteneggs.com, circa 2006.
Sounds like a good PitFighting style.
Originally Posted by DdlR
There's plenty of those: "I have combined the best of karate, aikido, and tae kwon do, into my new martial art!" Translation: I have taken karate, aikido, and tae kwon do.
Originally Posted by Mackan
I typically don't care much for them, because so what? Why should such a collection be considered a new style? What big change occured that should make anyone take notice?
Now, something like 7-stars mantis kung fu - the founder supposedly added influences from 18 different contemporary styles to build his art, and it is idiosyncratic; even a layman can see there's a particular way to the movement.
Then we look at 8-step mantis. The founder of that style felt there were two areas that needed development: footwork, and throws. From the 7-stars basis, he made the expanded footwork syllabus a main part of the style, and added in a wide variety of throws taken from shuai jiao. Still looks like mantis, but the founder had a clear reason for his new method.
I've seen arts come from someone with no training before. I would characterize them as ... sub-optimal.
I'd say Dave Camarrillo and Eddie Bravo are both examples of people who have created their own 'styles' of BJJ.
Neither of them are claiming or (as far as I am aware) credited for creating a whole new art, but are recognized for their approach to it.
I think the recognition comes in part from competing and training competitors
who can prove or disprove the training methods they espouse through competition. Same can be said for Kano or Helio Gracie.
I think the area becomes a lot greyer when there is no venue to test the merits of your style.
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