No, I know that dude, I was just kidding around--plus I HATE those kinds of myths.
I was talking about JJ--not karate, karate was not a battlefield art--and it did/does have grappleing.
Maybe not the gullitine choke--but grappling there is.
See, that is the problem here, you have "your" reality and I have "mine."
What is the "reality" of training, in my opinion, comes down to what is "real" and practical and useful for individual people---and most everybody is different.
I disagree, you can take kung fu from the wastes of northern china nd if your trained right--and your any good at it--it works just fine in the bars of LA.
You can take silet from the streets of Indonisa and it works fine on some creep from New York--if you are any good at it.
The problems with culture are mainly perceptual ones-- in which people do not really understand the whats and whys of the art--they try and "see" it thu glasses that often don't fit.
So rather than going "oh, ok, NOW I get it" they are left with the impression that something is all "wrong."
I'm sure that you do--I was using the term MMA in is "mormal" context, of UFC/Pride etc type traing.
Since this is the JKD forum--I'll have to be more accurate
If there is nothing wrong with the "1000 year old ideology" then why not "depend on it???"
What exactly is worng with the ideology?
Just cause its old does not make "bad"---I mean most grappling techinuqes we do today were well known to the greeks well over 1000 years ago--the seem to work just fine today.
Outside of firearms--what is "really" that different--people still have 2 arms and 2 legs, a punch is punch--weither its thrown in 1620 or 2007.
(and nothing beats the gun)
I mean sure we have much better health and better weight training etc--but all that goes to the person---does not mean the "ideology" is wrong at all.
When people say "unwillingness to adapt to the times" I honestly have little understanding of what they actually mean by that.
Again, other than the ready avalaiblity of firearms--what has really, substantivly changed??
A punch is punch, a kick is a kick and lock is still a lock.