On a Question of the Day
BLACK BELT: What lessons have you learned from watching MMA?
Scott Marlow: Be comfortable at all ranges of �ighting and understand how to work your angles. Jon Cordova: It’s OK to be a jack-of-all-trades (i.e., phases of combat). Grappling is underrated, but all ranges are important. Training against resisting opponents is key. William Basean Ibarrondo: I remember as a kid, most of us would imitate all of the basic BJJ chokes and submissions. Though the technique was lacking, everyone [gained] more awareness of grappling. Paul AP Duarte: Be well-rounded with less weaknesses so you can defend yourself against everything and so you can better attack your opponent’s weaknesses — for both sport and self-defense. David L Silva: I am motivated by the awesome physical condition of the athletes but �ind no merit in the trashy spectacle incited to garner ratings. Jim Rendell: It proves that traditional karate- jutsu is valid and works. Ground work inspired by judo is obviously essential and just as valid, too. Pete Micus: MMA is simple. Very direct. Subdue your opponent quickly. Bruce Lee would approve. Salomon Pena: I have learned that all martial arts hold value. Anything can be effective; it is a matter of how it is applied. Jayham Fernandez: That everything you trained and practiced should be pressure-tested. And I mean everything.