Friday, October 7, 2011
In the martial arts world, there are constant changes in what's popular. In the 50s there was Judo, in the 60s and 70s Karate, in the 80s Tae Kwon Do and American Kickboxing, in the 90s Muay Thai and NHB, in the 2000s MMA and Reality Defense, and so on. As martial artists we have to evolve our skills and not be limited to one methodology. At the same time, we have to study yesterday's techniques and understand that nothing is really new. Even though I have a traditional beginning, I knew that boxers had the best hands and judo guys have the best throws. Muay thai has clinch fighting with elbows and knees, wrestlers have the best leg attacks, etc. Recognizing these things doesn't mean I don't think other arts are less effective (well, in some areas, yes). I appreciate what all arts have to offer, but I also recognize weaknesses and strengths. Always have an open mind and learn all that you can. In school, we learn ancient history and modern history. The same is the case in martial arts. If any were a waste of time, then they would have disappeared.