At the point when the idea of Mixed Martial Arts first happened as expected, “blended” did not especially apply to an individual warrior’s aptitude.
Rather, “blended” implied that the promoters were bringing master warriors of various foundations together in a blend, to see whose style was the best. It was obvious that Royce Gracie was a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu authority, Pat Smith battled in Tae Kwon Do, and Dan Severn was a wrestler, and so on. Viewing those men do what they prepared their whole lives to do could be breathtaking…and on the off chance that they attempted to do whatever else, it could be entertaining, (best case scenario), or difficult to watch (even from a pessimistic standpoint).
As time advanced, the UFC and other MMA advancements turned into an unfortunate obligation, as opposed to an approach to build up one’s individual style or brand name. Military craftsmen perceived that they expected to build up a few aptitudes crosswise over controls on the off chance that they needed to make a vocation out of being an expert MMA warrior. On the off chance that you were a high quality warrior, you would be wise to take in the fundamentals of safeguard against takedowns and on the ground on the off chance that you couldn’t control the separation in the battle against a grappler. Furthermore, on the other hand, grapplers expected to learn something about punching, bluffing and footwork, or else they may get thumped senseless before always indicating how great their ground diversion was.
However, now, as we achieve the following eras of the UFC as a business, we are discovering contenders who don’t assert a foundation in one specific style. They wouldn’t state they represent considerable authority in Muay Thai, Wing Tsun, or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Combative technique understudies, and undoubtedly, whole schools, say they spend significant time in Mixed Martial Arts.
To me, this is an ironic expression, and one that damages the game overall. Is it true that we are reproducing an era of jacks of many battling exchanges, however experts of none?
I am a firm devotee to the “10,000 Hours” standard: on the off chance that you need to wind up distinctly an ace in one specific thing, you need to burn through 10,000 hours of centered practice in that theme. Regardless of in case you’re taking in a melodic instrument, PC programming, or combative technique, the time necessity is the same. You can learn something, and may even be capable in it. In any case, to be a specialist, a pioneer in your field, somebody for whom activities are second nature and faultless, there is not a viable replacement for time.
Thus lays my problem with “blended hand to hand fighting” as a teach: each of the two noteworthy branches of combative technique, catching and striking, requires this measure of centered consideration regarding accomplishes incredibleness. On the off chance that you are isolating your consideration over different things, you are either losing center, or just not putting in the fundamental measure of time.