Or should I say most deadly? Having watched UFC last night and spending the last couple of hours searching + watching + reading MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) videos +articles on youtube and wikipedia, it seems like there’s lots of things which I didn’t really know about before this but yet it’s so popular especially in Japan and America.
As far as I’m concern, the early days of UFC was dominated by two major fighters – Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock. I’ve never heard of Royce Gracie (BJJ) before but Ken Shamrock was pretty familiar since he played in WWF(E) and my dad and I were regular followers. Coming to think of it now, WWF(E) sucks big time and it looks more like a fake entertainment show more than a real fight. If only UFC was aired in overseas and there was youtube back then, UFC would be something more “real” to watch.
Now back to MMA. Akida, Jiu Jitsu (Brazillain, Japs), Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Shao Lin, Shan Shou, Wing Chun, Shootfighting and Taekwando are some of the popular martial arts that got lots of mentions. But from a totally newbie + outsider point of view, Jiu Jitsu seems to be dominant when it comes to one-on-one fights. All other forms of martial arts (Judo+Shootfighting excluded) do well when the fighter is standing up doing their powerful slaps, blows or kicks but when they are brought down to the ground, they are simply like sitting duck waiting to be punished by Jiu Jitsu.
Back when I was a kid, there’s this Japanese Comic which was really one of my favorites titled 真岛火爆浪子 which based its story on Jiu Jitsu. Conincidental or what? Back then, knowing how to apply locks and chokes and stumbling your opponent down to the ground and making shots on top of them fascinates me (it sill does!) and looks way more effective when it come to real life combat than practicing flying kicks, swinging punches or chops. Oh, and it works equally well even when your opponent has a size/strength advantage over you.
Most people will say that Jiu Jitsu is no good when there are more than 1 opponent. True? I don’t know but most probably it is. Doesn’t that apply to other martial arts as well? Personally I would really love to see a video where there are examples of how to take out several opponents from different martial arts respectively.
Ok, having said that, I know that martial arts is well, arts. What works for one might not for others. I practiced Taekwando when I was in primary school but it was for fun+social+stay active rather for competing or self protection. I’m sure there are lots of martial arts tactics around but in the end it’s up to the person who practice the art that matters. It’s a shame seeing people fuming each other over arguing what they are practicing is way better than the other. What’s the point of practicing when you can’t respect others? (Yeah, I know, for some it’s to beat other :p)