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  1. Freestyler777

    how did bruce lee train?

    I know from books that Bruce Lee was inspired by the training methods of western boxers, and that he incorporated alot of 'live' training into coaching full-contact Karatekas and later developing JKD.
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    A philosophical analysis: Boxing vs Kickboxing

    i agree with you that the hands are generally more important than the feet. and I agree about your reasoning that the better athletes go into boxing because there is more money there. but I think both boxers and full-contact kickboxers have good punching skill, and both would act very...
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    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?

    my opinion changed because I am a nut. :soapbox: judo is applicable to SD, especially the newaza. BJJ/Submission wrestling is essentially submission-oriented newaza. So It's all good. I am training BJJ now, so I guess I am trying to rationalize that the martial art I am doing is best...
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    Why do Judo?

    but you agree that judo is shifting it's emphasis, from jujitsu to Olympic Sport? I see judo people on judoforum.com wondering why judo isn't as good as BJJ/Submission wrestling. They're in judo for the wrong reasons. While ne-waza and some throws help, it's not the point to do judo for SD...
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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 know what you are saying, that the shoulder-pin doesn't matter so much. But wrestling is a great thing to begin in. In fact, it is an ideal sport for children, since it is safe, and the takedowns and top-control can be applied to judo or BJJ or even defensively to striking sports/arts...
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    Collegiate Wrestling- the american martial art

    i know that in the pre-UFC days, sambo was kind of like 'the third style of wrestling' and was only widely known by wrestlers. I train freestyle sambo, but that is more like BJJ/submission grappling in that it is guard oriented and allows all submissions (including chokes) except for the heel...
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    Collegiate Wrestling- the american martial art

    I think all the grappling arts have something to offer. But collegiate wrestling is a uniquely american sport, that's what I like about it. That and the premise of the top guy wanting to ride and pin, and the bottom guy wanting to escape or reverse. It's so simple! I just don't have the...
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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....

    well maybe the terms violence and nonviolence aren't defined well. 'real' nonviolence is not fighting in the first place. But the philosophical distinction i was making was trying to make is, kickboxing is matching your strength against his (the thug) strength. That doesn't seem like martial...
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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?

    So you agree that there are no shortcuts? Some athleticism and strength is needed, but, a lifetime of technique and training compensates for the relative strengths of attacker and defender?
  14. Freestyler777

    How to make kickboxing more popular amongst fans and martial artists?

    I guess what I knew all along was true- you have to be a good athlete to know self defense really well. Size, strength, and athleticism counts! There are old tai chi/kung fu masters who can beat young men, but they've been practicing and conditioning themselves all their lives, so it's not...
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    How to make kickboxing more popular amongst fans and martial artists?

    What I was trying to ask was, is there anyway for a non-athlete to become a self-defense expert. The reality is, athleticism and conditioning is a big factor in SD. But I think everyone should do MA, so how do you teach contact to no contact people? I think some kind of sparring is essential...
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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 have the feeling that it has peaked and will soon begin declining. I can only wonder what the next craze will be.
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    Will MMA ever decline in popularity? What is the future of combat sports in America?

    I once read Pat Militech said that he tries to recruit young kids who where going to go into boxing and wrestling to do MMA instead. I think that is a good idea. Who needs all those different combat sports, when they can do MMA from the beginning? I am not a fan of kickboxing, boxing...
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    Favorite BJJ books.

    I don't know if this helps, but Judo Techniques and Tactics by Jimmy Pedro has a lot of basic ne-waza techniques with clear pictures that translates well to BJJ. Also, Best Judo has a lot of ne-waza pictures and techniques that are essential for guys in the beginning stage of BJJ.
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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...
  21. Freestyler777

    Why isn't savate as widely known and practiced in America as Muay Thai?

    that was a well thought out response, thank you. BTW, I like your signature.
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    Why isn't savate as widely known and practiced in America as Muay Thai?

    i think that if western (english) boxing is so universal, then french boxing should be given equal exposure. Freestyle and Greco-Roman exist side-by-side and are not seen as two different sports, so why is one ubiquitous and the other hardly heard about? I am at a loss for words....:boxing:
  23. Freestyler777

    Why isn't savate as widely known and practiced in America as Muay Thai?

    Maybe because as english boxing became so universal, french boxing was eclipsed. Just like what MMA did to full-contact karate competitions (remember how popular kickboxing was in the seventies and eighties?).
  24. Freestyler777

    I think kickboxing is better than submission grappling for SD?

    I like Boddhisattva's post. Full of good knowledge. :boxing: I deny any allegations of trollhood.
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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...
  26. Freestyler777

    I think kickboxing is better than submission grappling for SD?

    well i got an email from bob hubbard welcoming me to post on martialtalk again, so I just rephrased my old beliefs. i love wrestling and all those grappling sports, but i must be realistic in my mindset. Striking is the major aspect of self-defense, and boxing/kickboxing is a non-lethal...
  27. Freestyler777

    I think kickboxing is better than submission grappling for SD?

    I'm glad that other people see it the same way. I'm not making excuses, it's just that staying up and mobile is essential to staying alive. It doesn't matter who wins a cagefight and becomes champion, it matters who survives.
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    I think kickboxing is better than submission grappling for SD?

    you are obviously unfamiliar with freestyler777, the resident madman of martialtalk.com I believe the best fighter is a kickboxer with a wrestling background. Case in point- Chuck Lidell. He wants to punch, and if he is taken down, he scrambles to stand up again and resume kickboxing. I...
  29. Freestyler777

    XG Rules Kickboxing

    it sounds like a great sport. solves the stalling in the guard problem of MMA.
  30. Freestyler777

    I think kickboxing is better than submission grappling for SD?

    i patently deny such allegations. kickboxing and wrestling. :cheers:
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