What excites a crowd, an effective technique or a flashy one? When Michael Jordan does a 360 dunk is that exciting, flashy or effective?
Who’s winning at the box office, MMA or boxing? Yet MMA fighters have yet to make the purse of a Muhammad Ali or Floyd Mayweather Jr. things could get close. So what has changed with boxing? Illegal dealings, injuries, boxing deaths or could it be the public wants more blood and MMA is giving it to them. Or could it be because of the politics, and its fan base has moved on to MMA because it delivers. What about the numbers is boxing having more pay per view fights or less? The MMA is definitely being seen more often. It’s available on pay per view and on cable stations.
What about prime time? What sports actually make it to prime time? Baseball, Football, Basketball, Golf, Tennis……
What do you think it takes to get there? Viewers…..I would say family sports. Any sport that a family can sit down watch and enjoy (innings). The teams with the best records compete to determine the better team. The best teams of each division have a run off and eventually the best two teams play in the World Series and the best out of seven games wins the title.
Football, men wear pads, play with an oblong ball, teams prevent each other from either running or passing and catching the ball beyond the others goal line and scoring a touchdown and later the extra point or a two point conversion. The team with the most points after four quarters of play wins the game. The best teams of each division vie against one another until there are two and those teams compete in what is known as the Super Bowl.
Basketball, there are 5-men per team on court wearing shorts and tennis shoes, playing on indoor courts running up and down defending one another scoring two-three points every time the ball is thrown through the a circle hoop the team that scores the most points wins the game. The division leaders compete amongst the others determining the best until they are down to two teams and they play a series of 5-7 games to determine the overall winner and national champion.
Each of these leagues have teams located throughout the US in which the teams compete within their divisions, allowing the public to see them live, follow them, take interest and some camaraderie with the teams players. I propose we think the same way for martial arts. Why can’t we make prime time? Because we haven’t been thinking that way, we and when I say we I mean the majority think whatever venue we present to the public must be reflective of the disciplines portrayed. The venue and the techniques displayed must be so effective that they can be used in a street defense situation but I would be in the minority in stating that we are shooting ourselves in the foot. The oriental masters only made certain techniques available to the public and the hidden dark secrets of true survival were taught in the underground. I propose we continue this thinking and make the sport aspect available to the viewing public by way of a prime-time potential sport – The National Martial Arts League (NMAL).