Master Mehrdad’s Perspective about MMA and Fighting Today

Master Mehrdad’s Perspective about MMA and Fighting Today

My opinion about today’s version of MMA fighting is very straight forward. I do not view this sport as having true quality fighting elements but rather pure street fighting, which promotes violence and is very bad for our young generation who wants to explore Martial Arts or any other combat sports. It also stamps a very ugly interpretation to other styles of traditional Martial Arts or fighting systems such as Kickboxing, Muay Thai or full contact Karate championships, which have been around for thousands of years.

Today’s MMA is called Cage Fighting, which is not at all Mixed Martial Arts and it is not carried with any honor or respect. There is no such thing as Mixed Martial Arts fighting as one true fighter or Martial Arts master cannot realistically complete or master multiple fighting systems in his young lifetime in order to be able to go into the cage and fight. Mixed Martial Arts today means to a lot of people the mixture of different Arts fought by a fighter who is a Mixed Martial Artist, an MMA Fighter or what I like to call them… Cage Fighters. A student who seeks to become a Cage Fighter is basically seeking to learn different disciplines such as grappling, wrestling, Muay Thai, and Jujitsu and then he is an “MMA Fighter”, but really MMA means fighters who learn and master a single discipline and that fighter is put up against another fighter with a different discipline, thereby becoming a “Mixed Martial Arts” competition to see which fighter/discipline reigns as was done by true ancient warriors. What you see today, is a street fight without proper skill, technique or fundamentals and it pains me to see the term “Martial Arts” attached to this style of fighting.

Fundamentally and scientifically, grappling works slow muscle groups and slow twitch muscles; whereas striking such as Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Boxing utilizes fast and explosive twitch muscles. The training for these two muscle groups do not complement each other and it will have conflict to develop at the same time especially during early stage training if preparing to become a great fighter. If you have never trained before or you have some minor training in martial arts and you are considering to become a fighter, then I would strongly suggest you start with striking training first with a very experienced striking master because to develop powerful twitch muscles and proper striking skills it requires a skillful trainer. Striking is much more complicated than most people think it is. For instance, human instinct as a young child is to wrestle or throw someone down to the ground when playing or fighting but it is not human instinct to throw a shin kick or a perfect knee strike or a straight right hand, which are most effective and can end a fight before it begins.

Those are “skills” that need to be learned and only improve with proper training and should be learned first if possible. At the end of the day we all have our own different views and I respect everyone’s views, but I can tell you I have been doing this for a long time and as a child I trained in Persian wrestling, boxing and then fell in love with the Art of kicking, because I can easily see how somebody can destroy you with calculated kicking power. I’ve been there and done that my friend and although I respect anyone who enters a ring or octagon, I have yet to see a great humble fighter demonstrating the kind of skill I am talking about.

Believe me, no grappler or wrestler can take someone down if he can’t get close enough so he’s immediately at a disadvantage. Learn striking first!

 


MMA & Muay Thai


MMA & Muay Thai


MMA & Muay Thai


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