Better Right or Wrong?

What’s better: Aikido or BJJ? A classical Japanese martial art that puts a heavy emphasis on wrist locks, or a slightly more modern Brazilian art with an emphasis on ground work and constant testing in tournament environments? Have a discussion online, and it’s going to be near-unanimous. BJJ wins every time. Look at the UFC, and see the Brazilian art proving it’s usefulness time and time again. Aikido? You’ve got to be joking. It’s got no place in the ring. And this is very true. If I’m training a MMA fighter, I’m not going to waste time teaching them Aikido. It’s got nothing to do with whether the rules prohibit technique, or whether the octagon is a real martial environment or not. It’s an art that has nothing of value to bring to the cage. So back to my old job of bouncing. Here’s the situation: A very large man…

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Fort and Sally Forth

I write a lot about frustration. Or at least, I feel like I do. Inability is what drives me to train constantly. It’s also what shoots my training in the foot, sometimes. Somedays you bust your ass off, and the simplest thing screws you up. That little seed of doubt starts to germinate, and you can have a bad few months. You lose the conviction in yourself, your faith in yourself. I started training with what I thought was a simple goal. I didn’t want to be just a skinny, short little kid who was really nothing other than a temporary entertainment for bullies. I wanted to be more in life. I wanted to be special…a hero. A few years later when I hit my mid-teens, and started to show some talent? I got back in touch with my real reasons for training. Really nothing like fresh perspectives on abuse…

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