Originally Posted by Liddellianenko
I agree with Bungle. Hapkido, Tae-Kwon-do, Aikido and Judo are from the "-Do" (literal translation - form) school of eastern martial arts .. they are concerned more with the beauty of the form of martial arts and it's spiritual and personal development aspects. Read simply, they suck for real fighting. The "-Jutsu" (literal translation - technique) forms of martial arts are the actual warrior styles made for more practical application. So yes, Hapkido sucks. And don't even get me started on Krav Maga.. ugh, what a dumb choreographed "I do *this* reaaaal slow and you do this *hiiiyaaaa*!" piece of crap martial art. In the heat of a real fight you don't have time for most of that shit. And they advertise it as this super-dangerous form of dirty no-holds-barred fighting because of the eye-gouges and groin kicks they teach. Big f'in deal... anyone can do those given the opportunity, you don't need years of training to pull those dirty tactics off, just an opening.
Kickboxing and boxing may have a slight flaw of conditioning use of big gloves for blocking, but with minor adjustments in style to account for that, they are still the most powerful forms of striking in MMA today (along with muay thai). Almost all top mma fighters nowadays train in those styles to some degree. When has anyone seen a professional Hapkido mma fighter??
There's another thread that is talking about this type of thing. You're equating MMA with the real world, which is completely false. MMA teaches you to fight against 1 enemy and 1 enemy only. Some of the traditional arts teach how to deal with more than 1 (you may not destroy all of them, but you'd get farther than with MMA). The chances are too, that in a self-defense situation (which this thread is all about) there is a chance that the attacker will have a weapon. Boxing or Muay Thai isn't going to help you and will get you in trouble. The traditional arts (such as Hapkido, even though it's more modern than others) teach how to disarm the attacker and then take down the person.
Also, you won't see a Hapkido person do MMA for a couple reasons. 1.) Most traditional arts stress that the student isn't supposed to make money off of their training (with the exception of teaching) 2.) the person most likely to take Hapkido isn't the type of person that would want to get into MMA, if they wanted to they would do something else 3.) If you've seen anything other than UFC you'd realize that there are tons of traditional martial arts that are used in MMA. There are a lot of people who started (or still train) in Karate, TKD, Judo and others who do really well. Just look at K1 and you'll see traditional arts aren't bad. 4.) MMA has rules that restrict certain things whereas the self-defense arts have no rules. In real life, there are no rules. Sure you say that you can just "learn" or do the stuff in the heat of the moment when emotions kick in, but if you train heavily with the MMA rules you'll naturally revert to what you have trained in. That's what Krav Maga does. They teach a strike and repeat it until it is natural as a reflex, so when you need to fight you'll naturally know what to do.
Traditional arts aren't bad, and a lot of them are better at self-defense than the main arts of the UFC.