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    Bartitsu will continue on as it has over the past six years or so, as a fringe activity for martial artists who happen to be Sherlock Holmes fans or Victorian history buffs.

    The popularity of historical European martial arts in general will continue to increase at a rapid rate and HEMA will eventually split into the familiar "traditionalists vs. progressives" camps, both of which will be doing pretty much the same thing while insisting that their way is the best. Within another generation the differences will work themselves out.

    I hope that most MAs will manage to preserve their unique elements rather than dissolving into genericism, because IMO there's more to a martial art than how effective it may be on the street or in the ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wind
    Bujinkan: maybe after hatsumi passes the new grandmaster will improve things?
    Will there be a Ninja war to replace him, now that would be a cool MA future.
    "Sifu, I"m niether - I'm a fire dragon so don't **** with me!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Askari
    Will there be a Ninja war to replace him, now that would be a cool MA future.
    IF that ever happened i predict there to be Bujinkan school rivalries, then besides those confusing 3 x-can (jinenkan, genbukan, bujinkan) the "ninja war" would make twice as many, then before we know it, the news will be talking about ninjas attacking a local Taijutsu dojo and the world will go to complete hell and armageddon will follow.....being that those events are extremely unlikely, i guess i can only dream.

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    Boxing is dead!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CodosDePiedra
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    Kung Fu will be like it has been since the 70's died: full of ponytails, fat bastards, and skinny guys with glasses. Maybe someday they'll do away with the millions of forms, lack of competition, expensive belt tests and out-dated weapons forms (who the HELL has ever seen anyone use a Kwan Dao in a fight anyway? except maybe hiro nakamura). Kung Fu will still be kung fu, but it will be missing me. I've heard the call and I'm dropping kung fu like 3rd period french.


    Quote Originally Posted by DdlR
    I hope that most MAs will manage to preserve their unique elements rather than dissolving into genericism, because IMO there's more to a martial art than how effective it may be on the street or in the ring.
    As for MA's as a whole, the continued crosstraining will lead to a unified art that reigns supreme over all other arts that don't follow along, just like the Goobacks in that South Park episode (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goobacks).

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    Aikido will go the same way it always has, graceful and sometimes pointless. But still a bone-breaker's martial art.

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    Chen will continue with a relatively small bunch of practitioners, though the numbers almost cannot help but increase. Heck, it's only been taught outside of Chen village for less than a century.

    In the future, even more people will ask "So, you do that stuff in the park with old ladies?" And then later, they will clarify that they meant tai chi.

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    Lots of UFC/MMA-wannabes are flooding from TMAs to learn the real anti-crappling. They come the dojo, find out that it's hard work and they might get bruises, then they vanish back to their McDojoz they crawled from. Only a minority has actually in it to continue and they are annoying brickheads who try to win every single sparring 'match' in any means possible, without learning anything in the process.

    On a bright side MMA will rise on public knowledge and the athletes will get more reasonable payment for fighting. Most likely there will also be lots of talk that it should be banned because [some shitty explanation about violence, terrorism & child porn].

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    Wing Chun: I think that a large part of _ing _un will continue as it is, with the invetiable adding of a few more differnt _un spellings over the years.

    To great or lesser degrees the majority of chun schools will continue to take a very closed minded view of their own style. One extreme will be the 'too deadly to spar' clubs and the other end clubs that do spar sometimes, but not too hard, because they are afriad the deadlyness may lead to all their students being either permenatly disabled or dead.

    Within this the trend for incorporating elements of other styles and rebranding them will contiue. But as the training itself is not alive, the parts that are incorparted will almost always not be able to be practically implmented and will lead to some weird **** ie the anti-crapple

    A minority of clubs may develoup along more honest lines; of still wanting to pracrise Wing Chun but seeing it as a incomplete system and so 'bolt on' additional elements to it. I do not mean anti-grappling, but simple things like roundhouse kicks and hook punches, without the need for long debates 'that it is not real wing chun' because it does not matter when you can knock someone out using them.

    Plus incorpating this into a more alive training environment with regular sparring, which I think would bring out the elements of Wing Chun that are quite usefull anyway as well as expsoing weaknesses.




    For information my current training consists of the '..do spar sometimes, but not too hard, because they are afriad the deadlyness may lead to all their students being either permenatly disabled or dead' school of thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DdlR
    I hope that most MAs will manage to preserve their unique elements rather than dissolving into genericism, because IMO there's more to a martial art than how effective it may be on the street or in the ring.
    What else is there? Asian dress up? Mystic kata? I don't know.

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