By mingmengv4, May 29 2019 06:28AM
People constantly ask, which is “the best” fighting system! The honest answer is there isn’t one. All fighting arts are as good as eachother!
There are however differences between systems and people usually end up picking one that they like or are stuck with what is available in thier area.
It is very difficult comparing martial arts, a system which has developed into a sport will have lost elements and gained others in the transition to the tornemant mat, grapeling is very different to kicking systems and pugelistic systems have their own excentricites.
I look at this subject like looking at Oranges and Lemons and Bananas! Now you’re thinking what’s he on about!? Like sytems are recognisably similar so they can be compaired easily Oranges and Lemons, both citros fruits both have textured skins, both give off a distinct smell once openned, but they are also different, one is yellow, one is orange, one is usually sweat, one is usually sharp. These fruits are easily compareable, so like arts are also compareable.
However some systems are very different like compairing an orange and a banana, an orange has all the things mentioned above, but a banana has very different qualites. A banana is also a fruit but it isn’t a citros fruit. A little like comparing Judo with Taekwondo although both systems are olympic sports Taekwondo would be seen as having a street martial aspect, whereas Judo would be seem as more of a mat based sport. One is seen more as a kicking system whereas the other is more of a ground based competition.
Both systems have distinct competancies but they can’t be easily compaired like for like as they are very different a little like an orange and a banana. When talking martial arts with other practitioners, don’t look for the differences in systems as this can course disagreements, look for similarities and learn from eachother.
People also become very partisan and protective of their chosen system, a person may not like pugelistic arts and may say so, when a pugelist hears this they often understand, “Punching systems are rubbish” and they become very offended. Having a personal preference for a martial art does not mean that other syastems aren’t recognised as being effective, people just have personal preferences, just like eating oranges or bananas.
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