I guess I am just like the average person after a hard day’s work; I like to sit down, relax and watch a little television. I flip through the stations until I find something either humorous or exciting and then I’ll stop and watch for a few minutes then flip to another station. A few years ago I would turn until I found an MMA event, Uriah Faber or Randy Couture, or even Ricky Henderson would catch my attention after watching numerous matches I began to realize the events started looking like fights I had in high school and they were quick. My attacker would approach me with out stretched arms I’d grab one or maybe even both and then throw them down to the ground, I’d role him over, get in the mount and pummel with my fists in the face until I was pulled from a top.
From this I realized without any training I was still executing like techniques, maybe the precision wasn’t there and maybe I was a little slow to getting the advantage but I guess these techniques were natural when maneuvering around an individual and pinning him or beating him into submission. Having never taken a lesson in any ground fight or self defense at this point in my life it just felt natural that if I got him on his back and punch down on him, there wouldn’t be anything he could do, and he would give up. I had one fight in high school and that’s all it took, now that was in 1974. Things are different now, martial arts instruction is more accessible and so is ground fighting.
So with the explosion of the MMA, and prior to that martial arts movies and tournaments I think there is a certain amount of fear a person has of a martial artist especially if he/she is a black belt. I’ve come to the realization that MMA events cater more to the grappling styles, i.e. wrestling, jiu-jitsu, aikido, at times you’ll see boxing techniques and submission holds and techniques. These are usually no holds barred type venues. Now I’ve watched many of MMA events, and when the Professional Karate Association was in syndication I wouldn’t miss an event but the inventory of techniques were not the same even though they were both martial arts venues. The movies have courted us with the likes of the Drunken Master, Five Deadly Venoms, Spearman of Death, the Five Fingers of Death, Fists of Fury, the Chinese Connection and Enter the Dragon. These movies were very entertaining and left us wanting more, and the more we offered our public was the gory details in the PKA, and now MMA.
We won’t see a spinning back kick like the one I watched Jason Tankson execute and put a man to his knees at Rick Lee’s Spartanburg event in 2000, or the when Jimmy Sherman put down his opponent in the NBL Supergrands, it took split second timing and precision to execute these techniques, and you’ll never see the sport martial arts superstars like Raymond Daniels, Carl Winston, Ronald Brady and Tommy Lee.
And the list of techniques goes on: The Backfist, the front leg crescent or axe kick, the spinning back axe, or back crescent kick, the double roundhouse kick, and the hook kick. I’m sure there are many more but these are kicks I saw in the choppy socky movies of the Kung Fu theatre. How I miss it so much, will we ever be able to see those flashy but yet questionably effective techniques again.
I’m sure they will be seen in the NMAL, like seeing a movie in the making – Live.
Thank you reading these words.