Originally Posted by Evil Ira
Have you got, like, your own style mixing these different styles together? Like Fieos-Jitsu or something?
Honestly the TKD made for great kickboxing and that is why I transitioned. I wasn't a big fan of Hapkido but it was a multi-disciple school. I love Judo and that is what interested me in training MMA, specifically grappling. Jujutsu wasn't the avenue I was looking for as I wanted no-Gi training so when I found a nearby MMA gym that had solid credentials I made the jump. The six months of Wah Lum was just something I tried for grins but I never trained to a point that I was comfortable with it.
Transitioning to MMA was quite a leap as my traditional background really made MMA training feel empty. The TKD and kickboxing gave me a very competitive edge in striking but not that much in the clinch. I used Judo throws from the clinch and didn't really focus on striking from there. MMA took a bunch of the pieces I had and helped me improved how they all worked together. Wrestling gave me different tools for take downs and AJJ (American Jujitsu) helped me learn ground striking defense and submissions at a more refined level than Jujutsu and Judo. Muay Thai helped a ton with eight point striking.
But yeah, I have a unusual fighting style but it feels natural to me. I started traditional martial arts when I was 5 or 6 years old. It has always been my passion.