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comment Practicing Mixed Martial Arts Versus Practicing One Specific Form of Martial Arts
I think you misunderstand MMA. MMA is a training methodology, not a set of techniques. It's a way of training so that you can see if your stuff is working against someone who is trying his best to do the same against you. It gives you skills in avoiding getting hurt while being able to get through his defenses. Without it, you just have theory. You can't actually use it reliably. And yes, MMA training can and often does incorporate knives and sticks. I would take MMA over Krav Maga any day. You might take this discussion to a forum like Bullshido if you really want to discuss it.
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answered I want to learn bo jutsu, there is no bo jutsu dojo within 300KM where I can get in
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comment Practicing Mixed Martial Arts Versus Practicing One Specific Form of Martial Arts
(continued #2)... Lastly, we know from many real-world examples - both in no-rules competitions and in actual self-defense footage - that unless you train the way MMA trains, you can not gain competence in whatever technique you're developing. The way you train is what really matters. If you can't bring a technique into that kind of training, safely, then it will never be developed to such a skill level as to be competent and reliable in real-life self-defense. So it's worth is questionable.
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comment Practicing Mixed Martial Arts Versus Practicing One Specific Form of Martial Arts
(continued) ... What MMA gives you, primarily, is what's known as a "delivery system". It gives you a core set of fundamental skills that allows you to deal with a struggling opponent's attacks and defenses, and be able to get in and deliver your strikes, chokes, control techniques, and submissions. Without that, your chances of success in real life are not very good. That's what is missing from most traditional martial arts such as karate. The techniques that are ruled out in MMA training due to safety aren't fundamental to these core skills....
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comment Practicing Mixed Martial Arts Versus Practicing One Specific Form of Martial Arts
I see problems with all 3 of this answer's topics. But the one that I take issue with the most is the idea that MMA training is worse than other systems for self-defense due to the fact that it has rules for safety. In my opinion, you're fooling yourself if you think you can gain competence (reliable in real life) in self-defense by doing something that doesn't involve sparring with partners that are there to resist everything you do. MMA gives you that. Most "focused" (traditional and modern) martial arts don't. Those arts mistakenly believe that their stuff is too deadly for sparring....
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reviewed No Action Needed What drill or form can I practice with a push broom while sweeping the sidewalk?
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reviewed No Action Needed Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers
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comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
Even the best non-grappling fighters tend to get screwed up by grappling. And it's because they simply don't recognize the situation and therefore don't have any understanding of what to do in it. It's all how you train, not the style. If you want to prevent someone from grappling you, taking you to the ground, etc., then you have to be comfortable with that situation. You get comfortable with it by specifically training in it. Simply saying "step back and control the distance" isn't enough. Reality doesn't often work out nicely like you want it to. You will get caught. Then what?
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answered Learning grappling without an instructor
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reviewed No Action Needed How to avoid aggravating a sprain while training in MMA?
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comment What are the functional differences between the five main T'ai Chi styles?
It certainly does come down to the particular teacher. There's a Chen style teacher in one of the cities I lived in once who was from China. I learned that he was actually a businessman in China and had only a month or two of training in Chen style and nothing else. He learned mostly through video tape. But people flocked to him, because 1) he's Chinese, and 2) it's Chen style. In the same town are many much better Yang, Wu, and Sun style teachers who happen to be Caucasian. In other words, don't fall for hype and appearances. Ask around about who knows what.