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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

I suspect that the primary answer lies between that they genuinely deemphasize pitched fighting, and that it's guided by rulesets. Not every martial art is about fighting, or defending yourself For ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

I suspect there's a lot of instructors that are more concerned about the techniques of their art, rather than flooding their students with ever increasing amount of styles. This makes sense that they ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

This is a bit like asking whether a physicist wouldn't only be able to become a better scientist and understand more of the bigger picture if they would do chemistry, biology, geology, etc. as well. ...
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What is the value in preserving traditional martial arts in the mixed martial arts era?

The question asks whether or not traditional martial arts practice still holds value in the era of MMA. From an MMA perspective, TMA still holds some value, as evidenced by MMA people who are still ...
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Why do some students wear headbands during practice?

Assuming you're talking about Japanese martial arts and Hachimaki, it's basically a matter of tradition that might be based off of samurai helmets and padding against cuts. These days, it's more ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

In addition to the great answers given, I want to provide another angle: It's About Philosophy! Philosophy behind the martial arts include ideas about how fighting "works" and what the main ...
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What is the value in preserving traditional martial arts in the mixed martial arts era?

Traditional Martial Arts typically carry a culture and a community parallel to the fighting I practice Capoeira. I don't expect to ever use it in a fight, in part because the techniques taught are ...
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What is the value in preserving traditional martial arts in the mixed martial arts era?

The Martial Arts are encapsulated forms of culture and tradition that usually preserve older methods of training. For example, training Silat in Malaysia with a good teacher will not only allow you to ...
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Contemporary Wushu vs. Traditional Wushu

Contemporary wushu focuses on performance. Traditional wushu focuses on self-defense theory and application (or at least it should). So in contemporary wushu, every movement is "flashy" to ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

It's the hardest thing to do. My teacher was celebrated, but said their technique was the product of 3 generations. That chain seems to be a rare thing, because I don't think anyone in my generation ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

Some reasons why I only train Judo: Goals I'm 0-0 in MMA, and will be the rest of my life. I train for fun, and on the off-chance that I ever get attacked. Age Recovery is more difficult the ...
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Why Are Traditional Martial Arts Apparently So Reluctant to Evolve?

Looking at this from a logical perspective, rather than a martial arts perspective: they cannot. If someone wants to blend (picking things out of thin air that don't necessarily make sense) karate ...
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Contemporary Wushu vs. Traditional Wushu

Practitioners of traditional wushu, as a modern person would interpret this term, probably do not call what they practice traditional wushu but something more specific. Traditional wushu is basically ...
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