On a Ques­tion of the Day

BLACK BELT: What lessons have you learned from watch­ing MMA?

Black Belt - - COMMUNITY -

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.

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