Personally I love Combative Sports! absolutely love to watch them and enjoy the combative spirits. Whether it is Wrestling, Judo, Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Full Contact Stick Fighting or MMA. I simply enjoy the competition and the heart displayed by those taking part in it. However, some times I am left wanting more….. Since a child I watched all the major boxing events. I went to high school and even quite a bit of collegiate wrestling events. I have seen a great amount of Judo and Muay Thai events and while I have watched a huge amount of Kickboxing I also competed in it way back in the day and won an amature championship. When the UFC first came on the scene it was simply wild to watch and wild with the lack of rules and height and weight disparities. While I love how MMA has evolved and that it is on TV all the time and also on Pay Per View I do miss those wild matches from the early days. Things like watching a 200 lb kenpo guy take on a 600 lb sumo. To a wrestler being totally clueless on how to deal with a triangle or rear naked choke. There was some thing inherently special in those early matches even though I understand why it has evolved this way. Still there was some thing special and wild in those early days. I some how, some way would like to see various size, weight and height mismatches. However, under current rules and regulations how would or could that be done. Combative sports are fun to watch and participate in. They are not real representative of violence that occurs out in the world and yet they do have characteristics that can be present in real world violence. A serious martial practitioner should pay attention to what is done in the cage and with proper training they should have the skill sets to counter a cage fighter out on the streets. However, whether you are training for the cage or the street or both you need to respect anyone in a physical confrontation and understand that anyone and everyone has the possibility of harming you or your loved ones. Train to counter anyone and always remember to have an advantage!
Brian R. VanCise
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