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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2008, 02:34 AM Thread Starter
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Is it possible for a fighter to have too much Technique?

You are,no doubt,possibly familiar with the legends of TMA masters who spent twenty years or more working on one technique, like one specific type of punch or strike or kick or blow or whatever.Are these legends nonsense/
Or is it possible for "jack of all trades, master of none" to apply to fighters also?
What do you think?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2008, 10:04 AM
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All good fighters have a strong base on which they build their fighting style. For Couture, it's wrestling, for Fedor, it's Sambo, and for Nog, it's BJJ. It isn't smart to train several styles before you have a base, but you don't necessarily have to become a master in that one art.
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Many Martial Arts like that are pretty ineffective and would not be very applicable to Mixed Martial Arts. As far as having too much technique, the answer is No, you can never have too much technique.

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YI think you can concentrate to much on technique, which is actually one of the problems we are having at my Wing Chun school, seems to be an on going problem in most "TMA" schools.

Some of the student are having a hard time realizing that all that technique isn't going to matter if they hit like a bitch.

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Too much technique is bad only when:

a) The technique sucks for actual combat to begin with.. eg: Aikido or some other ineffective TMAs. Ingraining choreography like that as your actual response to a self-defense situation is worse the more ingrained it is. We had one guy who had done 6 years of some really bad TMA come to learn MT once. He kept his hands by his sides, legs wide, knees bent, facing you straight... terrible. After a few classes, we gave him a "beginner spar" where you really just try to tap the guy instead of hitting him, but he fell apart under that.. and no matter how much he trained, he just couldn't get rid of the bad habits and technique.

b) The school concentrates ONLY on technique without giving any opportunity to test it out in a semi-fluid situation like a spar or likewise. IMO there's people who have black belts but fall apart the first time they get hit in the face... they just cover up like turtles.

c) Technique and pretty form is overvalued compared to effectiveness and power. If you don't pack some power, your form doesn't matter squat.

Other than that, the more technique the better. You want to get it to the point where your response to any angle of attack is instantaneous.. Lyoto Machida is a great example of this, the guy is a master at technique and has the perfect response to any strike thrown at him.. his responses are so good that he hardly gets hit, hence the "Machida is a boring fighter" comments. In real life, I'd rather be a boring fighter that goes home unscathed than a brawler that takes a black eye for every one he gives.

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