Any other way to train other than MMA?
Would it really make sense to train for real world fighting in any other style other than Mixed Martial Arts, meaning a blend of boxing, Muay thai, and submission hold grappling? Time and time again it has been proven that well-rounded fighters will whup a single style over and over. Why train in a single style for street defense??
All traditional martial arts were created for "real world" fighting. Every traditional martial artist generally begins learning a single style and adds other styles as their interests and requirements dictate. Martial artists have been doing this for centuries. MMA isn't anything new, and in fact traditional training was historically more comprehensive than the sport of modern MMA today. Modern MMA has many rules, and is a sport. Traditional martial arts, trained as they were meant to be used, are not. "Real world" fights last seconds, not 10-15 minutes, and end in broken bones and serious injuries, if not outright death.
As for who wins a fight, style doesn't matter. The better fighter will always win regardless of what style they use.
Mixed Martial Arts is NOT the ONLY way to go, but it's a good way to combine two different disciplines for a single benefit, the key is becoming proficient in not just one discipline; but BOTH disciplines you have chosen to study.
I say Yes learning one discipline is good, because learning one discipline is building a foundation no matter WHAT the discipline is; it'll make it easier to transition into another discipline you may study later.
But whether or not choosing to continue training, and learn another discipline to supplement any deficiencies is up to the individual, but most people don't do this, or don't even take the time to become proficient enough in the discipline they've learned to adapt to their opponent, no matter what they're faced with.
Beginning one discipline is good for a foundation to build on, and choosing one (or more) discipline(s) that focuses on the two main aspects fighting, or what I've come to call "ground game" and becoming proficient in it, and then later studying a one or more disciplines that focus on "standing game" or vice versa, but the key is becoming proficient enough with your techniques in any discipline, and that takes time.
it's not the discipline, but rather the individual; if they only know one way of defending themselves, that's the strategy they'll use unfortunately unless they know how to think on the fly during the confrontation and counter their opponent's techniques.
the more you know, the better off you are, and that's why "Mixed Martial Artists" or rather individuals that have the knowledge of more than one discipline are more apt to win, because they have more in their arsenal to fight with.
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