I can't wait for the days when every MMA fighter will be doing MMA since childhood. No more Mike Russow-type guys pulling upsets.
What makes you think that ?
http://www.mmaforum.com/general-mma-discussion/79081-how-far-we-away.htmlWhat do you mean?
Nobody says that!Some people seem to be of the mindset that all Mixed Martial Artists should start with one discipline and carry that label forever.
These kids are learning the basics of several martial arts and plan to go to college and master wrestling. They'll likely still spend time developing their BJJ and striking skills.
I think they have the best approach for anyone that wants to be a professional fighter. Plus they are getting some damn good coaching.
By the time their eighteen, they'll have learned to avoid all of the rookie mistakes that fighters still make today. And they'll have spent years seeing what the different styles bring to the table.
Do these kids have less discipline than someone that focuses on one martial art? I sure as hell don't think so.
I think it's easy to be this dedicated when your a young kid, because you often just do whatever a parent says within reason.Wow, that's awesome! It's amazing how dedicated they are and that they are willing to go through it all at such a young age and decided that that's what they want to do. It's also great to hear that they are top-notch in class too! Great vid, rep! :thumbsup:
I don't want to believe that he started teaching them thai at 18 months of age though. My sister's almost 3 years old and I don't see her learning anything like that, as she could just walk away anytime, but who knows, maybe if you put time in to it, maybe it is possible.
You can't say that. You could be just as right as me saying that only guys like that will be the next BJ's, the next GSP's, and as far as I'm concerned, everyone ALWAYS will have their favourite MMA discipline. You may be well-rounded, but people will always like BJJ just a bit more than wrestling, muay-thai just a bit more then boxing and vice-versa, thus perfecting a certain aspect of the sport that much more.It's the beginning of the end guys..
Sorry if I put words in your mouth.Nobody says that!
But the meaning of true Martial Art would be gone and everything left is just that.. a fighting style made for a Sport in a Cage.
I Love the Anderson Silva's, Lyoto Machida's, GSP's, BJ Penn's and so on.. all very well rounded MMA fighters. But every single one of them has a unique fighting background. And thats very important for me as a Martial Arts fan!Sorry if I put words in your mouth.
When it comes down to it, not all martial arts are equal when it comes to fighting. And most of today's elite fighters like GSP and Anderson Silva are strong in multiple disciplines.
These kids, or their father, want to be mixed martial artists, taking the best from many disciplines. They are focusing on success in the cage under specific rules.
They will always be taught by people that are masters of specific martial arts. They may also become a black belt in a traditional martial art and I don't think anyone learning all of these disciplines will not respect the masters of those arts.
There will always be karate, BJJ and wrestling tournaments. But spending time to master your martial art and winning them may mean sacrificing other skills that could help you be a better all around mixed martial artist.
Like I said - people will always have a certain aspect of the game that they will favour more than the other. Look at it this way - now, people are starting with, say, BJJ, but when they decide to do MMA, they slowly learn other aspects of the game to be more well rounded and more competetive. Now, everything will go the other way. People will learn the basics of MMA, but as they grow, a specific art will grow to them and they will choose to learn it deeper. The future of MMA isn't written in stone, it could go in many ways. And I don't get why do you think that the future of MMA will consist only from the basics of every Martial Art. Especially, if the younger you start, the more you will learn!I Love the Anderson Silva's, Lyoto Machida's, GSP's, BJ Penn's and so on.. all very well rounded MMA fighters. But every single one of them has a unique fighting background. And thats very important for me as a Martial Arts fan!
Guys like those above would ruin the entire sport for me.
We would only have a Sport left.. but the beauty of it would leave us forever.
the part from 4:20 to 6:40 is great.