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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    That is our goal in Hapkido as well. Be able to apply and adapt to grabs, strikes, weapons, etc. Not much different at all. Just a different way to get to the goal.
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    True, then is the "level above technique" knowing the technique inside and out, what makes it work, the ability to adapt to different opponents, etc. so that it can be called upon flawlessly at any time, and new techniques can be created based upon the principals of learned technique?
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    Another key difference or similarity in the TMA vs. MMA dichotomy. Perhaps the "level after technique" is different in TMA and MMA. I think it is not. I have to agree with Steve saying "It's this insecurity that drives threads like this, wanting to compare TMA to MMA where everyone picks a...
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    The idea of "training hard" is open for much interpretation. Thanks for pointing that out, as I was thinking of training under supervision and doing one's "homework" ;)
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    Joint manipulation, if I may ask? I believe any ma can be trained hard or leisurely. What you put in is what you get out.
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    Good point. This thread seems to be closed, as this discussion is truly a circular one.
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    Let us define "actually training" then. That is what a lot boils down to.
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    I think we have arrived at the destination already, to be honest ;) I did not know that breaking down the barriers and categories would be so painless. But, to change course slightly, lets define TMA as arts that focus mainly on aspects outside of the MMA rules (joint locks, gouges, etc.)
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    I don't know. How should we? I was thinking of diving into that in my initial post, but that is a thread in and of itself. Boxing and wrestling have been around much longer, so are they traditional? Should MMA be considered traditional as well due to the similarities in other historical fighting...
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    True, a lot just depends, just as it does with "aliveness" and any other method. Is the technique being done right, or is it sloppy day after day? Also, does the artist know what makes the technique work? Is it to be rigid or flow? I have not limited myself to this forum, but have to agree...
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    Good, valid points. I like the 5 principals you brought up, and agree with the teacher trumping style. However, just how "alive" does someone have to be? Resisting techniques (as is done in partner work), or all out sparring? A good counterargument to aliveness comes with throwing and joint...
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    What is really the difference between TMA and MMA? False Dichotomy...

    I can't help but notice all of the TMA Vs. MMA threads popping up that revert to the "my style rocks/yours sucks" mentality. Very few good points are ever made on them (although there is the occasional insight that makes the non-ego-maniacs think, which is why I have read through a few). Well...
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    What is the best martial art for me?

    But with that being said, don't limit yourself to a style. Limit yourself to finding a good teacher.
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    What is the best martial art for me?

    True, but be sure to learn how to punch WITHOUT gloves as well. Practice glove-less on bags from time to time (at home or with your teacher). If you don't know how to punch without gloves, you can really mess up your hands. Also, try to stay outside of "cardio/workout" places if you wish to...
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    Why the Obsession over finding the "Best" Art?

    The first part I agree with. However, what constitutes "good?" Even styles that are laughed at have certain effective elements, or at least elements that could be applied effectively towards other goals. Wouldn't a good teacher recognize this? As for styles achieving the same result, I agree...
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