Sunday, February 19, 2012

MMA is a Sport.


      The UFC, MMA is not real street-fighting, combat or self-defense. It doesn't prove what the most effective techniques are for real-world self-defense(participation itself would be contradictive in itself to the very core philosophy of self-defense anyway).
           Once upon a time, people thought Karate was the most deadly thing outside of having a .357 Magnum.  Karate Tournament winners such as Chuck Norris, Joe Lewis and Bill Wallace became famous as being the most deadly men on the planet ignoring that Sport Karate was a SPORT & not even real Karate with a bazillion rules rather than actual unarmed combat.Then came Kickboxing and people thought the same way with that as well even though it was a sport.Then in the Early 90's came the UFC and even though it did originally feature very few rules and would have eventually been very telling for what's effective in WEAPONLESS ONE-ON-ONE UNARMED FIGHTING. It was still a pre-arranged & organized sport set up in a structured setting.
              As competitors got more savvy and started learning techniques that were truly brutally effective and how to apply them,they started instituting rules against said techniques. If a technique was especially effective i.e. brutal(i.e. "soccer kicks",stomps,downward elbows,knees to grounded opponent etc.),they would simply ban it to avoid out-cry & objections from Politicians who wanted to ban these tournaments and in was it actually became illegal in many area's to hold NHB/MMA competitions back then . In those early days, it wasn't called MMA, but rather No-Holds-Barred/NHB which wasn't actually completely true, but they switched to the more politically correct MMA to sound less offensive plus they had instituted so many rules that it wasn't even remotely close to being "no-holds-barred". The Nevada Athletic commission got involved, the rules expanded even more,weight classes were created and we are left with a Sport that hardly resembles anything that could be called reality.
        Is there SOME crossover.....definitely, but only some things & select techniques,tactics,strategies and overall skills. Gross Motor Skills, Movements & Techniques are what tend to be what reliably works best in MOST(not all though however by any means)self-defense situations  for MOST(again, not in all situations for every/all individuals) people and the UFC/MMA does have plenty of those, but they also ban so many of them(just look through the list below)that your extremely limited in techniques for effectiveness in street encounters. 
             Could Fedor, Couture, Lesnar etc. handle themselves in a Street-Fight? Maybe, Maybe not, really depends on the circumstances. Are there multiple opponents, knives,guns etc.? Do they train to defend and counter the techniques that the UFC doesn't allow? Have these Men trained against & for those circumstances or have they focused solely on their sport and it's rules? They are athletes in a Combative Sport, not Combatants, Warriors, Soldiers and for sure not defenders.

  Here is an abridged version of the current MMA/UFC list of rules.I'm not sure it's even complete as it might be even longer by now,but look at the many core techniques of reality-based self-defense that are banned.

1. Butting with the head.
2. Eye gouging of any kind.
3. Biting.
4. Hair pulling.
5. Fish hooking.
6. Groin attacks of any kind.
7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
8. Small joint manipulation.
9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head.
10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow.
11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
13. Grabbing the clavicle.
14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
16. Stomping a grounded opponent.
17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck.
19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
21. Spitting at an opponent.
22. Engaging in any unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
23. Holding the ropes or the fence.
24. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
27. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
30. Interference by the corner.
31. Throwing in the towel during competition.