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Old 12-31-2006, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HI All

Im a huge MMA fan and want to start getting into training (mainly for fitness and self Defense, dont want to get my head smashed in for a living.

While i was on youtube i came across this video:

YouTube - jkd

I was just interested to know which u thought was better for real life situations, JKD or a mixture of boxing, BJJ etc etc.

Also why is it that JKD has never been sucessful in something like UFC or pride? Are the moves shown in the video not going to work in real life situations?

Many thanks all!
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Old 12-31-2006, 01:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey, man, I'm in the same position as you. If you look up some of my threads, that's all I'm interested in - Fitness and Defense.
But yeah, I'd stick to a combination of boxing, jiu-jitsu, muay thai, and krav maga. I take the first three (new to them though), and will start on Krav Maga after I get better at the other three.
And I don't know much about JKD, but from the videos I've seen, I don't think it's too great. Also, I think it's more of a concept than a style. So if you take multiple arts, you're basically practicing JKD. :-\

Good luck in your training.
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Old 12-31-2006, 04:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey, man, I'm in the same position as you. If you look up some of my threads, that's all I'm interested in - Fitness and Defense.
But yeah, I'd stick to a combination of boxing, jiu-jitsu, muay thai, and krav maga. I take the first three (new to them though), and will start on Krav Maga after I get better at the other three.
And I don't know much about JKD, but from the videos I've seen, I don't think it's too great. Also, I think it's more of a concept than a style. So if you take multiple arts, you're basically practicing JKD. :-\

Good luck in your training.
JKD isn't just taking from multiple arts (that is what Mixed Martial Arts is), it was specific moves that Bruce Lee took from different martial arts and combined into his one system.

If you're looking for just fitness and self-defense, I'd suggest something along the lines of Hapkido and possibly Krav Maga, but definitely not boxing. Boxing (and to some extent Western Kickboxing) are horrible, in my opinion, for self-defense since for boxing you are taught to keep your hands up and protect your head with your hands (which have huge gloves on them), but when you're in the real world it is very hard to protect your head when you are bare-fisted. BJJ is always a good option too.

The reason I say that you should try out Hapkido is this: it covers strikes (both kicks and punches) and blocks. It also covers throws and some joint manipulations (especially small joint manipulations). So basically, if you have a good teacher, you can go to one place to train for your self-defense art which saves money. If you want to do boxing and BJJ (which doesn't make much sense to me if you don't want to compete in MMA) then you have to pay on average twice as much and travel to (possibly) two different places to train, which eats up time.
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Old 12-31-2006, 04:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You should into krav maga!!!
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Krav Maga is a completely modern martial art (it was developed by the Israeli army), and was designed to be as effective as possible in a street fight (so it focuses a lot on moves that are illegal in MMA competition, like groin strikes and headbutting), and also intended to be effective even with minimal training. It includes moves to deal with armed attackers. It is brutally efficient, and that's what I would recommend if you're only interested in self-defense.

Go for a mixture of boxing and BJJ if you want to be able to spar more and possibly compete. A few months of MMA will be adequate for basic self-defense, and you'll have the opportunity to participate in the sport of MMA.

There are MMA gyms that offer classes in a variety of different styles (the one I've been going to recently is kick boxing, BJJ and Judo), usually for a monthly fee (which is usually around $100-200. While that's not cheap by any means, it's a great workout and you'll have a great time, not to mention learn some pretty cool stuff.
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some will, depends. Its not gonna be that easy to get your opponent down though.
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krav is good but it doesnt hold the anything go's attitude that JKD does.
This place I know of teaches krav muytai jui jitsu and kick boxing. Krave is not as phisical as the others they dont do much sparing like you saw in the movie.
My opinion JKD is the best in self defence
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some will, depends. Its not gonna be that easy to get your opponent down though.
yha it takes a while before you get that good.
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The best for self defense?

I am going to have to go with the old Colt 45 and a CCW.
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The best for self defense?

I am going to have to go with the old Colt 45 and a CCW.
lol thats true. When a gun comes out Crouching Tiger turns in to Craping Monkey. But for hand to hand combat its the best style.
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