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Old 09-14-2012, 10:22 PM   #271 (permalink)
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I wouldn't say Karate is useless in a real fight situation. Keep in mind that there's a difference between competitive fighting and real street fights. Though street fights are far more dangerous, the level of skill you encounter is far lower. Just because you can't land a reverse punch on a good boxer doesn't mean you wouldn't catch some asshole at the bar right on the chin.

I get what you mean though, and I agree completely. What good is a gun to a blind man? How useful is the five finger death punch if you're not used to landing shots against a non-compliant person that's intent on beating you to a pulp?

But that's why you cross train. You learn some dangerous techniques in _______ and you learn how to land techniques in Karate.
The techniques in karate arent suited to a street fight. I'm not going straight to the stomach outside the nightclub, but through sparring you gain a lot more fight knowledge. My mate actually got started on by a few travellers in a pub a few weeks ago. He said that they were insanley slow after we spar in karate. Out techniques are so much quicker, both through training and the actual techniques themselves, that he only took one punch to the back of the head when three guys were swinging at him.

And yeah I like the cross training because each martial art poses a new challenge. Karate is very different to my style. I get asked "Did you used to be a boxer?" every night in the class haha, but it's good to test yourself in the things you struggle with. In the other class, I have to use elbows and round techniques (punches, knees and kicks) which can be quite difficult to do in comparrison to the standard roundhouse kicks in karate which again can be a challenge.

TKD opened up and had my karate sensei not already sworn us off of it I'd head over there too. TKD is a very good style to have messed with when you are younger because it opens up a lot of striking possibilities when meshed with other styles. Muay Thai is a lot easier to impliment into MMA than TKD because TKD requies so much technique and ability where Muay Thai can be a lot easier to pick up through a standard MMA class.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:42 PM   #272 (permalink)
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The techniques in karate arent suited to a street fight. I'm not going straight to the stomach outside the nightclub, but through sparring you gain a lot more fight knowledge. My mate actually got started on by a few travellers in a pub a few weeks ago. He said that they were insanley slow after we spar in karate. Out techniques are so much quicker, both through training and the actual techniques themselves, that he only took one punch to the back of the head when three guys were swinging at him.

And yeah I like the cross training because each martial art poses a new challenge. Karate is very different to my style. I get asked "Did you used to be a boxer?" every night in the class haha, but it's good to test yourself in the things you struggle with. In the other class, I have to use elbows and round techniques (punches, knees and kicks) which can be quite difficult to do in comparrison to the standard roundhouse kicks in karate which again can be a challenge.

TKD opened up and had my karate sensei not already sworn us off of it I'd head over there too. TKD is a very good style to have messed with when you are younger because it opens up a lot of striking possibilities when meshed with other styles. Muay Thai is a lot easier to impliment into MMA than TKD because TKD requies so much technique and ability where Muay Thai can be a lot easier to pick up through a standard MMA class.
That said, the Muay Thai you pick up through a standard MMA class really isn't true Muay Thai. But it definitely is a testament to Muay Thai's effectiveness that even a watered down MMA crash-course can give you enough to be able to mess someone up.
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That said, the Muay Thai you pick up through a standard MMA class really isn't true Muay Thai. But it definitely is a testament to Muay Thai's effectiveness that even a watered down MMA crash-course can give you enough to be able to mess someone up.
Yeah you won't be doing the stances or anything but you'll have the basic techniques which have proven effective with others. You can't really get a crash course in TKD in the same way you can with Muay Thai, but that's probably because Muay Thai is so effective as a style all round.
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:10 AM   #274 (permalink)
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I have recently stopped training Muay Thai after a few years of it and I am 100% certain that pure May Thai is nasty as hell.
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As a TKD practioner it has the most beautiful kicks and it also happens to be the most useless in a street fight. Well actually that's not entirely true as I've kicked people before, but yah the knock out blows are 90% punches. Aint nobody going to be doing a tornado kick, roundhouse, jumping side kick, etc in a street fight when bar stools, beer bottles, glass, stanchions are being thrown around.

There's limited punching...all about hopping in and out in a linear line. It's very one dimensional, BUT...if you can master than + BJJ + Muay Thai then you got your self fighters like Makdessi, Bendo and of course Anderson Silva who can display a very cool array of unorthodox kicks.

You guys should check out Best Of The Best which was about an Olympic style Karate and TKD contest. A great sleeper film.

Muay Thai is pretty much the standard for striking in an MMA setting. What makes it stand out is the conditioning as you all know; core, abs, and constant kicking of the pads.

One of my favorites is Petrosyan. Dude has the most crisp technique.
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