The End of Mixed Martial Arts.
The author says MMA is just a "product", and:
They reject change, and embrace the familiar. These are the consumers of “traditional” martial arts products, and MMA producers will adapt to suit their tastes...hasn’t every decrepit traditional art we recognize today followed the same course [as MMA]?
Well he has a graph so how can I disagree?
That article smells funny.
more flow charts please!
well like anything that falls into the mainstream, it's going to face a degree of bastardization. Hence all the anti-grapple nonsense being advertised from certain TMA schools. People trying to claim high rank in BJJ when they have very little experience, because they know that is what sells right now. Certain others advertising their school as an "MMA gym" when the actuality is their traing kung fu and karate together, but without all the high resistance, multiple ranges of fighting work.
and your the first person I've seen with a white varrot... bizarre
That makes about as much sense as wrestling going the way of dim mak. MMA is a sport, and like any other sport, you can't bullshit your way through it. Sparring and conditioning and whatever else will never be de-emphasized unless the sport itself dies.
The true bits:
We will see no contact "MMA" classes. Hell, we already are. And kiddy krotty instructors will use MMA language to market to parents who still won't want johnny and susy coming home with busted faces.
The popularity of MMA as a spectator sport will eventually peak and decline (probably many times).
That this has anything to do with the techniques or effectiveness used.
"hasn’t every decrepit traditional art we recognize today followed the same course"
Actually. I would be really interested in even one good example (maybe kempo?). For the most part, the styles that emphasize realistic contests today always have, and the arts that emphasize forms based training always have. There may have been individual fighters, or periods where the degree was different, but I don't think the general notion even passes the giggle tes
I'm quite perplexed by the white varrot too...
I enjoyed the Pokemon/Digimon analogy.
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in my opinion...
Right now: MMA has very good places to train and starting to get very, very popular, its effective in many hand to hand combat situations. Its great for beating the crap out of other MA's and is by far more entertaining than Boxing and Wrestling and by far has the most respect of any MA as of now.
In the Future: Mcdojo Krotty instructors will see how popular MMA is and take advantage of the situation by changing their little strip mall "Karate Palace" into the little strip mall "MMA training and exercise" and totally butcher the thing and turning the once proud stereotype of the Hardcore Mixed Martial Arts Fighter into a lowly 17 yr old D&D playing nerd trying to learn some quick krotty and get his black belt in less than 10 months...