What is the Tao of the Knock-out?
My boss at work raised a question last week that I thought about and decided to present here. It goes like this:some of the guys who work in the back are true MMA enthusiasts.They go to as many matches as they can, they bet on their favorites.The whole nine yards.
Last week during break, they were discussing a match that they had attended and my boss interrupted their discussion with a question that had me thinking.See, he is old enough to remember movies like the old Mr. Moto movies that Chuck Norris says inspired him,my boss is old enough to remember the Spencer Tracy movie Bad Day at Black Rock.My boss is old enough to remember the cult TV series The Avengers with Diana Rigg as the unbelievably hot Mrs. Emma Peel-Mrs. Peel would just hit an enemy spy once with a karate chop and it would be all over! her opponent would be decked!
All of those movies were like that!Spencer Tracy hit the villain once and he went down!
Slight little diminutive little Mr. Moto would hit hit his much much larger opponent once and the guy would go down.My boss was saying that that was what he was led to believe that the martial arts were about:knowledge of the human body and its vulnerable spots,that if you knew the right spot to hit the right way, that person was going down,no matter how big or strong they were. So my questions are:
1.How would you respond to my boss's question:Why isn't it like that in the MMA? He is saying, if these guys are true martial artists, how come it isn't like a Mr. Moto flick,say,and one guy just hits the other guy once, and it's all over?
2.More importantly:What is the Tao of the Knock-out? I feel like I should clairfy one point here: I am not a fighter. I have never been in a ring of any kind in my life, nor do I ever intend to. I am a musician/poet/artist/creative person. As I posted in the thread Which is better Muy Thai or Kung Fu, I have spent all of my adult life avoiding fights and situations that lead to fights.My interest in the martial arts stems from a series of incidents which have occurred in the local mall,one of which was this:Somebody I know went into a store with his girlfriend to buy a bottle of Chardonnay,which she happened to like a lot. Unfortunately,they unknowingly picked gang initiation night to do this.They walked into a hold-up in progress,whereupon the punks decided to add them to the night's fun.They hospitalized both of them, and they gang-raped the girl.Thus, I see that, no matter how one lives one's life, the possibility exists that you will find yourself in a position where you have to fight to protect the people you cherish. I am thinking that in a situation such as the one that i have just described, you can't go ten rounds with anybody. You have to do it like Spencer Tracy or Mr. Moto or Mrts. Peel or whomever- you've got one shot at your opponent and you'd better make it good!
Agree? or disagree?
And what is the Tao of the Knock-out? What are the parameters of this equation?
What does determine whether somebody gets knocked-out or not? And why aren't there more out and out knock-outs in the MMA if all of these guys are martial artists?Sincerely,Ferdelance