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comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
@DaveLiepmann Tyson has been humbled of late, but if the big boxing money he was used to earning went into a Royce Gracie .vs. Mike Tyson fight @ UFC 1, its only speculation, but I still doubt Royce's chances. Tyson was incredibly motivated and confident back then and possibly the only ego that could have overcome a Gracie in their heyday. The only reason I would call it 60-40 Tyson-Gracie rather than 80-20 is because of the lack of even 4oz. gloves. If Tyson didn't learn how to punch without breaking his hand, all it would have taken would be one errant punch to take away his main weapons.
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comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
@Graham I'm not pretending BJJ didn't have a massive influence on the sport (nor am I ignoring the influence and importance that it does continue to hold). For the record I train it myself and have attended a seminar where I got to roll with Royce. He obliterated me. I'm just pointing out the obvious that the first UFCs were billed as best-against-best when it was clearly not the case. Despite regional championships Gordeau was a top 100 at best in the overall Kickboxing world (mostly open weight rankings back then), while Royce was clearly top 10 in the world in grappling skill/knowledge.
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comment What Kung Fu styles originated from Southern Shaolin?
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comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
Since we're talking 80s/90s during the early days of MMA and UFC in particular, how about: Mike Tyson (world Boxing champ at the time) Benny Urquidez (world champion Kickboxer) Andy Hug (world champion of Kyokushin Karate later K-1) Bas Rutten (King of Pancrase before he'd reached anywhere near Gracie-level grappling) Namsaknoi Yudthagarngamtorn (Muay Thai champion in the 90s) The Gracies never fought any other top Kickboxer or Muay Thai stylist for that matter
Jul
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comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
Why not state the art you train in? There are lots of art-specific ways to handle grappling and an experienced practitioner may be able to suggest something more applicable for your own experience level. Also, most importantly, I don't think a martial art exists that doesn't have some amount of grappling in it, mind you a particular school might shy away from or skip over that side of the art for sportive reasons or personal preferences of the instructor. Even predominantly striking arts like Boxing or TKD for instance have clinch & push-off techniques, or grab/punch combos that can help.
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comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
@DaveLiepmann You can hardly refer to the competitors in the first 5 UFCs as being the best representatives for strikers. The Gracies however, were at the top of the grappling world and the majority of even other grapplers did not know about submissions because Catch Wrestling was sidelined for the less violent Greco-Roman and Free styles, Kung Fu became cinematic/gymnastic Wushu after the Cultural Revolution and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu became the more sportive and practitioner-preserving Judo "gentle way" while Aiki-jutsu became the softer and more philosophical Aikido after the war.
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comment What Kung Fu styles originated from Southern Shaolin?
Well it should be narrow... I'm not asking for a compendium of all Martial Arts who were slightly influenced by Southern Shaolin (that would obviously be impossible to conclude), if anything I was hoping for many little answers not a single one... As in "I've trained in X for Y years and we trace our lineage to Z which developed under one of the alleged five elders/ancestors from Southern Shaolin"
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comment Was the Southern Shaolin Temple real and if so which location is valid?
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