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  1. Freestyler777

    A philosophical analysis: Boxing vs Kickboxing

    I just want people's opinions on boxing and kickboxing. I wanted to know which sport has more talent depth. I'm not saying one is better than the other. Just want to know what you think about their relative merits. My opinion is, boxers have more athleticism, but kickboxing has more...
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    Why do Judo?

    Here is my view on Judo and self defense: Judo is not explicitly designed to be self defense. It is a sport. I think submission wrestling and karate is self defense. Judo is, quite possibly, the greatest human endeavor. At its most base level it is physical education and exercise. It...
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    Collegiate Wrestling- the american martial art

    I particularly like collegiate wrestling out of all the grappling styles. I like the feeling of shooting doubles and singles, and of pinning and escaping. I tried to do sambo and BJJ but submission just doesn't happen for me. I also am not crazy about striking, although if I did a striking...
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    Consider an analogy for the self-defense arts....

    I haven't written on this website for a while, so brace yourself. Most assailants and street thugs punch when they fight, and if they try to attack you, they will try to punch you. Kickboxing (used as a generic term for punching and kicking) is called 'fighting fire with fire'. Standing toe...
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    How to make kickboxing more popular amongst fans and martial artists?

    How does one make kickboxing more accessible to regular people? Many people don't like sparring and contact. Is there any way to teach self defense in a non-competitive, non-athletic way? And in the spectator aspect, will kickboxing ever reassert itself? It seems like all the young guys...
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    Will MMA ever decline in popularity? What is the future of combat sports in America?

    I was just wondering what other people thought. MMA is growing day by day, and boxing is in decline. I personally feel that is good, because overall MMA is a safer sport than boxing in the long run. But will it ever decline? Is it a fad or is it here to stay? I see it as pankration...
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    Why isn't savate as widely known and practiced in America as Muay Thai?

    Boxing and Muay Thai seem ubiquitous, but savate, is relatively unknown in the USA. I know there is a Texas Savate League, but you'd be hard pressed to find a savate club anywhere else. Jeet Kune Do incorporates some savate, but it is not actual french boxing. If English (western) boxing...
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    I think kickboxing is better than submission grappling for SD?

    I think kickboxing, or just reguar boxing, is better than the guard game. In theory, any full-force sparring sport can be useful, but there are certain factors that make boxing/kickboxing/muay thai as well as the balance and takedown defense of wrestling better than submission. An...
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    My objection to MMA

    In general, I enjoy watching MMA, and I am going to watch the new UFC tonight. However, I have one gripe with MMA. That is the kickboxing aspect of it. All kickboxing/sport karate can be traced back to Muay Thai in one way shape or form. It is my opinion that karate and submission...
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    San Da- your thoughts?

    I've wrestled and I have been playing judo for the past 3 years or so. It only dawned on me now that judo is physical education, and it takes years to get good at throwing people (my own sensei told me that). I want to learn something practical and get more confident in myself. San Da appeals...
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    Why do Wrestlers do so well in MMA?

    Just trying to spark some lively interaction. Before the early MMA events in America in the mid -90s, most people thought wrestling was a useless school sport. Now, people see it as one of the most effective systems, and the success of wrestlers in MMA is unmatched. It is obvious that...
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    My New Opinion on Combat Sports

    Muay Thai (kickboxing) and MMA (kickboxing with submission grappling) works fine and dandy. To enter the realm of sophistry, punching is still the main thing, whether you are a stand up guy or a ground n pounder, or a guard expert who has to deal with the aforementioned combatants. But...
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    My Opinion on Combat Sports

    They don't work, are boring, and are generally useless. In my opinion, Traditional Ju-jutsu(aka JJJ) is self defense. Wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai, and Sport Jiu-jitsu are not realistic self-defense and generally do not merit discussion. Some of you may hate me for saying that, while others...
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    Who has 'real' merit?

    The answer is, those who give. The Buddha said, 'the more clothing you give away, the more beautiful you become, the more food you give away, the stronger you become.' Man is a social animal. Even the most primitive men, such as aboriginal people, live in societies. No one can live for...
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    The Mystery of Life

    Life is about the harmony and duality of oppossing forces. There is no day without night, strong without weak, top without bottom, good without evil, male without female. Yet many people are constantly at war with themselves and others, trying to drive out 'evil' and call themselves 'good'...
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    Is Birth/Genetics Random? What do you think?

    It may seem an odd question, especially in this era, when religion has been almost replaced by science. But what I am trying to say is, there is a certain part of a person's appearance/demeanor that is given by heaven, not by random genetic mutation. I believe genetics is the language of...
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    I hope Full-Contact Kickboxing makes a comeback in popularity

    I really do. Since the arrival of MMA in America, some styles have grown in popularity (Muay Thai, wrestling, BJJ) while others have faded into the background. I think kickboxing has lost a great deal of its popularity, for no good reason. In the 70s and 80s people were nuts about...
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    The Purpose of Judo

    In my opinion, the purpose of judo is physical education, and the creation of better, more confident, more productive members of society. I don't believe that self defense is its purpose or aim. Traditional Ju-jutsu, which includes all manner of defense against armed and unarmed attackers is...
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    The Folly of Violence and The American Ideal

    The Buddha said, "Do not hold wrong views, do not prolong the suffering of this world. He who does so lives happily, in this world and the next." Most people have base and contrary values. Men in America create ideals that even they themselves cannot reach, and then wonder why they suffer...
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    San Da- good or bad?

    I once read in 'spirit of shaolin' by david carradine, "Kung Fu is pure streetfighting", meaning it is not a sport, it is self defense. I am just starting out in my chinese martial arts trek, I am a licensed acupuncturist and I have done a couple of years of judo. Judo, however is a sport...
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    The Sad Demise of Boxing/A pacifist's view of MMA

    Boxing is a dying sport, and nobody (including me) seems to care. And so it should. My theory is, striking should only be done in MMA and self-defense, not as a sport. Boxers take many more accumulated blows, especially to the head, than MMA fighters. I say, discourage people from pure...
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    MMA=Kickboxing and Submission Grappling

    I have deduced that there are 3 disciplines: kickboxing, Ground n Pound, and submission. All 3 are effective. And anyway, all the MMA guys are multi-talented, so there really is no more style. It's just about kick punch throw submit. Something to ponder...
  23. Freestyler777

    A Bold New Theory of Self Defense Without Weapons

    After much research and analysis (but no actual experience) I would conclude that a Wrestler who learns Muay Thai is the best at unarmed combat. Of course, unarmed combat is not commonly found outside of MMA competitions, since most violent attacks involve weapons and mulitiple attackers, but...
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    Muay Thai actually works! I am humbled

    I just saw UFC 64 on DVD, and I was amazed at this tall, skinny brazilian guy who won using pure muay thai technique, not going to the ground at all, and beating one mean opponent. I used to think Muay Thai was not as good as regular boxing, but now I realize that Richard Bustillo was right...
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    The lesson of MMA: A massive shift in belief about martial arts

    For a long time, I tried to play judo, thinking 'since its the origin of BJJ, than it must be somehow better or at least equal to its descendent'. But if you assess things according to the gold-standard of MMA (which you may approve or deny of in the first place) the two must successful styles...
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    What is the average height of each weight class (amatuer)?

    What is the average height of a boxer in the light-heavyweight -178? heavyweight -201? super heavyweight +201? I just want to know.
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    The Difference between 'nonviolence' and pacifism

    If you do harm to others, people will do harm to you. That is obviously not wise. However, if you totally refrain from 'violence' you will be scandalized by your peers. 'Violence' is only justified when done to preserve human life. It is not justified to soothe your ego, or to channel...
  28. Freestyler777

    Competition Judo and Sport Jiu-jitsu is not self defense!

    I play judo, and I enjoy it very much, but I realize that throwing and submissions are not self-defense. Essentially Karate/Muay Thai/Savate is the striking aspect of SD, and Wrestling is the grappling aspect of SD. The guard is not very usable in real life (spoken like a true...
  29. Freestyler777

    Can you be 'nonviolent' and still practice boxing?

    My dream is to box, yet I consider myself a peace-loving man. How many other people on this website have the same cognitive dissonance of rationalizing the practice of combat sports with the practice of esoteric philosophy/pacifism?
  30. Freestyler777

    Low Carb Diets Help in Many Ways!

    For a long time I scoffed at Dr. Atkins, having been brainwashed by the people at the acupuncture school that I studied at that vegetarianism was best. But based on my own experiences, low-carb (not ketogenic) diets are the easiest and healthiest way to lose weight. I don't know how its done...
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