I remembered having a conversation with Renny one day, and the the conversation strayed to the ‘what ifs’ scenario. What if a kick, what if a hook… Renny was quick to say ‘Aiyah! go and take up MMA lah!’
Of course, the MMA repertoire covers almost all aspects of fighting from the striking, to grappling to ground and pound. then again, since it is such a well rounded, ‘category killing’ martial arts, then why does other martial arts still exist and thrive? Why don’t all of us just go and learn MMA and be done with it?
It is a matter of understanding why you are in your discipline to begin with. Every martial arts goes through a hype, in Singapore, it was Tae Kwon Do (it still is) that was the vogue, then there was Karate, Aikido (mostly due to the Steven Seagal hype) the MMA, and until recently Wing Chun. Well, if we were to learn our martial arts following the hype, then we will indeed become very busy, and all for the wrong reasons.
Personally my approach is to understand MMA, or other martial arts through the perspective of Aikido. How the knowledge of MMA, the principles of Karate will help me in my understanding of Aikido. Ultimately, it si always about the singer and not the song. A lapse in concentration happens to everyone, even to the best MMA fighters as well as the most seasoned Aikidoka, it is the ability to capitalise our opponent’s lapse and to recover from ours when it happens that makes us good at what we do, and this traits is universal to all martial arts. Once you’ve stayed long enough in one art, you’ll realise that qualitative feel and the entire spectrum of fighting will move beyond the technical, physical aspect of fighting towards the psychological and mental part of it.
Such a transcendence cannot happen overnight and if you move from one art to another just because one art is perceived superior over the other, then the practitioner might missed out something totally. there is no such thing as an instant martial arts, there is only instant ‘idiot’.