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Who Kicks Whose Butt? Jiu-Jitsu vs Street Fighter

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“It’s well-known that one of the most common reasons people lose fights on the street is lack of conditioning.”

This quote is by some guy in some magazine I recently read and it made me step back and take notice. I want to examine this quotation and discuss its validity. First let’s look at the subject of “street fighting.”

When I was a young teenager studying martial arts my real goal wasn’t to build character or to be able to defend myself, it was to build my ability at “street fighting.” All the movies I watched, all the magazines I read, and all the people I talked to in the martial arts all talked about the street fight. I can even remember one of the black belts at a Taekwondo school I attended started a class with, “I’m not proud of it, but I was in a street fight this weekend and it taught me a valuable lesson… “

The first thing many people notice (and the most important things when it comes to fighting) is that your hands begin to shake. This is not a sign that you are scared; it is your body’s natural reaction to a life threatening situation.

What does this mean for scientific street fighting? It means that fine motor skills shut down, things like hand writing or complex martial arts moves (like joint locks that require several steps). This is critically important so pay attention.

Imagine yourself having to face a thug, what would you do, how would you react? It vital to prepare beforehand and have an answer to these questions so that you can react and move instantly when put in such situation.

Therefore, it is completely essential to have some kind of “action plan” in your consciousness, prepared and well played out in your mind.

Televised bouts of “no holds barred” or Mixed Martial Arts fighting such as Ulitimate Fighting Championships, WEC, or Pride matches have done wonders for raising the awareness of self defense beyond the traditional karate class down at the corner strip center.

This “new” way of fighting was termed “mixed martial arts” because when it came to REALLY winning a fight, contestants found that they needed a combination of skills from jiu-jitsu, wrestling, boxing, muay thai and any of a bazillion other martial or combat arts systems.

There’s no doubt that mixed martial arts competitors are some of the most highly skilled combat athletes on the planet, and some of the best athletes on the planet.

But how would they fare in a real street fight against a real street FIGHTER?

Of course we could debate this topic until we’re all blue in the face with “My master can beat up your master” nonsense.

In the end, we’d all be idiots if we didn’t acknowledge that it really comes down to the fighter’s experience (among other things of course) that will determine the victor.

So let’s talk about that “experience” for a minute because this is where I want to make my point…

While even the earliest, bloodiest forms of mixed martial arts competitions were pretty raw…

…there are NO RULES in a real street fight!

 

First let’s make sure we’re using the same meanings of words. I have a friend who breaks down Japanese martial arts in three tiers:
Commercialized
Traditional
Classic

Classic is pre-WWII stuff — when it wasn’t mass taught. Traditional is what happened when Kano got Judo introduced into the school system and Funikoshi was teaching it at the Universities and to military in WWII — in other words mass teaching. Commercialized is what happened with MA schools and Westernization.

Kelly Worden is the guy who coined the term “Kiddy Karate” to describe the changes in school taught karate (not just dojos, but PE in school). In traditional karate lot of stuff was changed, dropped and ‘softened’ to prevent injuries among the students (and by that I definitely mean kids). This was the beginning of what I call a car with no engine. But at the time it was taking out the carburetors and coils. Stuff that could be easily added in later.

Commercialized is what came later and when teaching MA became not just a business, but a career. This is the whole engine is missing stuff. It’s also gotten a lot of crap added to it as someone either tried to jury rig the moves to make ’em work again, or just ripped off and added shit wholesale to meet market demands. (Like Yudo. The secret Korean wrestling system that was ‘rediscovered’ and added to Tae Kwan Do schools’ curriculum when the whole BJJ craze was hot. Oddly enough, it looked exactly like BJJ — and if you walked into the Sabunim’s office you could often find “Learn BJJ” DVD courses on the bookshelf.)

All of that is background to explain why what you’re asking isn’t as simple of a question as you think it is.

The difference between street fighting and match fighting are really quite different. Street fighting involves no rules, where match fighting usually has a number of rules of what a fighter can and can not do. In a match fight, there are also a very detailed point system that helps judges decide a winner if both fighters go the distance (both fighters do not tap out, or are knocked out after the amount of agreed upon rounds has been reached). The point system can get pretty detailed based on how difficult the move being executed is and if it is done properly. This also includes punches, and in some cases kicks.

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