As some would say, "I seem to have struck a nerve."
For the record, I fully stand behind everything I wrote, which I can summarize as follows:
- All of the martial arts have their value, especially when the training regiment is examined
- Effective fighters have matched the elements of the art to the persona of the artist
At no time did I state or imply that Tang Soo Do is better than martial art "X". Although I may have to temper that a bit as ... apparently ... some proponents of MMA seem to get offended easily. Is it that MMA training causes easily-offended-syndrom (doubtful) or rather that some easily offended people happen to practice MMA and occasionally reply to bloggers (likely).
I would proffer that good MMA style fighters carry a certain confidence that they don't need to tell others to "put their money where their mouth is" and describe TSD as "outmoded thinking", or having "over reliance on Hyung."
Let me be clear (and quote from the earlier posting):
Tang Soo Do is, and is taught as, a very traditional martial art. Low stances, lots of repetition, hard blocking style, good breathing, and fundamental body movements. We routinely practice (read that as "reinforce to the point of instinct") strikes to the groin, temple, throat, spine, and joints. In a real self defense scenario, these will come forth without hesitation or thought. Does this make Tang Soo Do better than MMA, or Judo, or Boxing? Tang Soo Do works; it is effective. I'm not sure, beyond that, that there is any value in comparisons, except for the other bullet point above.
Tang Soo Do is a defensive art. We don't teach how to sneak into a hardened bunker and kill people. We teach how to defend - true, our philosophy is that even a defensive move can disable an attacker (referred to as Defense / Strike ). We also emphasize Il Kyuk Pil Sal, or one technique to finish, i.e. each block or strike should be so effective as to end the conflict. For me, a defensive art fits my psychology as I don't envision ever wanting to be an attacker. The best martial art is one that you'll actually use, if the time ever comes.Never, not once, did the previous posting suggest that TSD was better than any other art. I know that TSD is effective and it fits my personality. If you prefer a more attacking style of martial art; go for it.
Maybe you find using your opponent's aggression and body mass against them; great, learn Judo.
Maybe you prefer a defensive strategy where you don't need to be anywhere near an attacker. One word; Gun. Grapple with that!
To my readers and friends who admire, practice, and endorse MMA; I have no argument with you. A few MMA proponents read my earlier post and found it to be confrontational and challenging. I hope they find peace and comfort through their training.