You misunderstood me. I train in Jow Ga kung fu, so when I spar or fight then I want my fighting to be representative of Jow Ga Kung Fu. My fighting and sparring should look like the fighting system that I train in. Boxing looks like Boxing. Muay Tai looks like Muay Tai, Kung fu sparring rarely looks like Kung Fu. Most Kung Fu sparring is just basic kicks and punches and that's what I don't want to look like when I spar or fight. I'm not spending 2 hours training sessions for 5 days a week just so I can only do basic kicks and punches. Unfortunately that is what happens to a lot of kung fu practitioners who spend years doing kung fu but when they spar it just looks like basic kickboxing.Why care so much about how it looks? Isn't the point of it to work and not look pretty?
While I agree with most every poster, I also disagree with them.What do you guys think about people who disrespect martial arts? Theres this guy im friends with and he stereotyped martial arts. When I asked him if he could beat a Muay Thai and boxing practitioner who is also a friend of mine, he said he could probably beat him because he doesnt care about that "praying mantis ****"
What you don't understand can kill you. Especially in this case.
.....He replied "Well, karate SUCKS and is worthless. I carry a gun all of the time and it's better than karate any day!".
I asked him "Do you have your gun on you now?"
He said "No...why?"
I lunged across the table as fast as I could and threw my fist in his face, stopping just short of contact, and leaving it there for a second...then sat back down.
I said "Your gun didn't do you any good now, did it?"
He replied "I could go up to my room and get it and come back and shoot you!
He wasn't happy at this point, and I didn't really care.
I replied "How could you go to your room and get your gun if I just killed you? It didn't do you any good, did it? Learning karate is something that you can take ANYWHERE with you, and will always have available to you."
Anyway, we never talked again...I guess he didn't like me about as much as I didn't like him.