MMA for the street – JKD
It might surprise a few people that MMA is nothing new. In fact it can be argued that the MMA marketed so well and popularised by the UFC is not even a true ‘Mixed Martial Art’ in totality at all.
Think about it. The two main disciplines which are cross trained in MMA are Muay thai and BJJ right?
This is not a criticism. In fact, the reason that these are the two main arts used in the ‘Sport’ of MMA is for good reason. The reason is that Muay Thai has arguably the best stand up game and BJJ has arguably the best ground game. And as the rules allow for the use of both, then it makes sense to train in the best arts for those particular skills. Would you agree?
MMA for Sport?
Well, if you are training MMA for sport, you are on the money! But if it is self defence skills on the street you are looking to achieve, I am suggesting that you may need something a little more.
When I mentioned that MMA is nothing new, that is exactly what I meant. In the 60’s, Bruce Lee opened both eyes and minds when he founded his own personal fighting system and philosophy which he called Jeet Kune Do aka JKD. He studied and researched a myriad of martial arts (no less than 26 actually) after his realisation that no one art had all the answers to all ranges of combat. A realisation that would change the martial arts world forever and pave the way for martial artists to discover their own truth.
So now lets go back a little to the bit about the two best arts cross trained in MMA. Being a sport, there are of course rules. Rules to keep the game fair and to also maintain a reasonable level of safety for the competitors. MMA rules for example; no head butting, no eye gouging, no finger jabbing, no biting, no striking to the knees, throat or groin, and definitely NO weapons. More than reasonable rules in a sport right?
On the street it’s different! Very different! No rules, no referee, no fair play! That’s the reality.
That’s where you might want to train in a system that is all encompassing, one that cuts to the chase.
MMA for the street – JKD
Check in soon for my follow up posts on what makes the original MMA (JKD) so effective.
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