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    What kind of knife is best for knife fighting?

    If were talking practical use the only blade that matters is one that will save your life (physically and keep you out of prison). Legality has little to do with it, if you carry a specialized fighting knife or anything that can Be construed as a dedicated weapon youll be at the mercy of a...
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    Is balintawak a 'soft' style

    Hard and soft is a limited way of seeing things. Is every color black or white? For those comparing Balintawak to Wing Chun I dont know but I do know. I do know that many old school balintawak founding members were boxers. I think the link between Balintawak and boxing is much closer than any...
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    Gloves vs Fist. Which one wins for you

    I'll argue that at best it's debatable and you can make either work. Plenty of people fight bk with horizontal punches and don't break their wrist. The reason wc guys say their way is better is because of tradition and they try to back it up with pseudoscience. They point to classical boxing as...
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    Gloves vs Fist. Which one wins for you

    The largely accepted reason for the classical boxing stance was the prequeesnbury rules which allowed grappling, throws, and low kicks. After the adoption of standardized rules that discouraged grappling and clinching boxing focus shifted to punching and a more evolved punching game developed...
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    So what's a better "test" for martial arts other than MMA?

    A drill has rules, an mma competition has rules. I just don't happen to think you can take a drill to the same level you can take mma. The advantage of sports is the large pool of experienced practitioners, this brings crowds which bring money which brings research and investment into making a...
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    So what's a better "test" for martial arts other than MMA?

    What if we just forget about the knives for a second? The problem with knives or multiple opponents, or multiple opponents with knives, is there are no high percentage techniques. You have options and it's better to train something but an unarmed person will never have the advtanage over an...
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    So what's a better "test" for martial arts other than MMA?

    Self defense and fighting ability are two different things. Boxing is the bes we have to measure who is the best at punching. With mma you're getting too caught up on "reality" and missing the point which is assessing fighting ability. It is much easier for an experienced mma guy who has...
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    So what's a better "test" for martial arts other than MMA?

    There are ways to test that and dog brothers are a good example. You still have a lot of knife and weapons guys that do nothing but compliant drills. On top of that the same camp that only does compliant knife drills does the same for empty hand and they also will down play something like mma...
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    So what's a better "test" for martial arts other than MMA?

    I realize most of us agree the best test of fighting ability is to actually fight someone. I'm referring to mma competition and various rule sets as the best mode of testing empty hand fighting ability and it seems that view gets a lot of push back. You guys keep bringing up physical limitations...
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    So what's a better "test" for martial arts other than MMA?

    I'm surprised by all the mental acrobatics some of you guys perform to justify what you do as the best possible test of fighting skill, which is what this thread is all about. We're getting into individual feelings and personal arguments about this and that, it's ridiculous. A test is meant to...
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    Has anyone heard of this style or trained in it?

    Look up Cacoy Canete and Doce Pares. I'm guessing this is a descendant of that as they use and coined the term "Eskrido" I believe.
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    So what's a better "test" for martial arts other than MMA?

    Slow day at work here. I'm haven't kept up. With the entirety of this thread but I'm gonna comment anyways. The problem with the above quote and people that disagree with the op is that they can't justify that what they do is not the best. I don't train mma don't care about it but I can see it's...
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    As a boy, I learned a native indian martial art

    Yeah the qualifier "than I've studied" could mean anything really for all I know all op has studied is ukulele and his stick art. My point is that blades weapons arts exist and you can't really classify one as deadlier than another, moreso you can't compare an empty hand art to a weapons art in...
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    As a boy, I learned a native indian martial art

    Sounded interesting until you said "more deadly" now my bs meter is going off. You realize there are plenty of arts that train with large pointy pieces of steel the sole intent on sticking inside or cutting off pieces of anothe person. "More deadly" is a misnomer and in my experience a sign of bs.
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    FMA in Arizona

    I'd personally go with Kada Anan michael butz is the instructor and he's knowledgeable and has a good practical grasp on FMA.
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