I’m now going to squash the evergoing debate between mixed martial arts and traditional martial arts.
Traditional martial artists always argue that their style is not effective in MMA “because of the rules”. The funny thing is, the time when most traditional martial artists were tested in MMA was during UFC 1 through UFC 7.5 when there were no rules, other than no biting and no eye gouging.
UFC 2 is a prime example. The tournament was laced with world renowned traditional martial artists with virtually no rules, and they were all defeated. Even Pat Smith was defeated, and he was no joke whatsoever.
I’m not saying that traditional martial arts are not effective, I’m just saying that if a traditional martial artist has no ground game, they cannot overcome wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in a one on one fight.
Everyone seems to have glazed over this fact. UFC 1 through UFC 7.5 completely debunks the “rules” argument.
Another fact that cannot be ignored is that all the people that say MMA rules make it unrealistic come from styles with rules that are more restrictive than MMA.
That being said, if you ask any bouncer or someone with a significant amount of actual fights under their belt, they will tell you don’t go to the ground in an actual fight, unless you are absolutely sure that it is strictly a one on one fight. You should still be comfortable fighting from the ground, but wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are not the end all solution to every possible situation.