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    What kind of knife is best for knife fighting?

    If we’re 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 you’ll 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 don’t 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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    Russian Systema or Pencak Silat

    I can see the value in compliance to show a technique and get the movement down. Not to mention some moves just can't safely be trained at speed. But I do not believe that it's a good idea to train with compliance all the time. You can't rely on the opponent being "surprised" for a technique to...
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    Russian Systema or Pencak Silat

    I definately find the movement shown in most Systema videos interesting the question I have about all the systema videos I see it what does it look like when the opponent is resisting or actually attacking. It's easy to look calm and collected when your partner is compliant is they can still...
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    Russian Systema or Pencak Silat

    If you don't mind me asking, which systema videos do you find impressive? What about them impresses you?
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    Sanuces Ryu Jiu-Jitsu?

    I think Chris summed up Sanuces well. I've found the same to be true. All I've seen is "super deadly" compliant training. The group seems cultish in an unhealthy way. I've heard their guys can actually fight but their system is not what they claim it is. "They only have negative opinions...
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    A video I love

    Balintawak isn't nearly the lineage mess that Wing Chun is. I'm not discounting Atillo's ability to teach or method. I'm just pointing out that his account of lineage is different from every other account, and no one else really argues about Balintawak lineage because it's pretty easy to verify...
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    A video I love

    That's probably because no other balintawak masters will corroborate Atillo's lineage. The lineages seem to be getting along well right now so I don't want to stir anything up but Atillo's version of the art's lineage diverts from what every other source will say. It's nice of Dan to sign it but...
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    Ed Parker performing short form 3

    I know a lot of people admired Ed Parker but I have yet to see anything besides compliant demos from him. Is their any other video of him out there? I just can never be impressed by an uke who throws a crappy strike and pauses it mid air while the other guy does a sequence of strikes.
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    wing chun

    Here we go again with the childish stuff!
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    wing chun

    I'd agree, you've definitely wasted a lot of time.
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    Punched in the face by yellow belt

    My feelings aren't hurt so don't lose any sleep. I just don't know why you're being so obtuse.
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    wing chun

    No, you just can't handle criticism and opinions contrary to your own.
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    Punched in the face by yellow belt

    I'm not entirely sure what you mean but that's okay. This guy just seems to not like my posts in other threads too. I'm not into sugar coating my thoughts sometimes. In this case I really don't see a problem with getting punched in the face by a lower level. It happens to me all the time...
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    wing chun

    Well there's a start! I'm of the opinion that you can't self teach a fighting art. That's what the quoted posts reference. I think that's what other posters told you and you replied a little too smug in my opinion. You might be able to self teach other skills but you can't self teach fighting...
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    wing chun

    Dude your above post is full of typos so please don't even bother. You're trying to distract from the fact that you're unwilling to state or discuss your problem. This is a martial arts forum let's discuss martial arts. Your name calling and hypocritical grammar arguments distract from the...
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    wing chun

    No. I already told i dont waste my time on a close ingnorant mind. If you want to change that ask yourself what makes your actions imputant ignorant and close minded. Really? After you told me to "shhh" for a half dozen posts? After you "disliked" and "funny" rated all my posts? I'm the one...
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