July 28, 2008
I'm 24, not seeing a very bright future in my present employment so I'm looking at my other options. MMA has really brought some discipline into my life. I've been watching MMA since 1998, Don Frye used to be my favorite fighter because he looks just like my dad. Fedor Emelianenko will be my favorite fighter for the rest of my life, unless some freak of nature comes out of nowhere, I don't see my opinion changing. I've been training in Muay Thai, Ju-Jitsu, and Jeet Kune Do, which all seem to perfectly supplement each other. My training partner, Jason Coyle, is a 1st Dan black-belt in Okinawan karate (Sho-Un Ryu) and his techniques have really added diversity to my striking. Chi-sao, or "sticky fingers", is a version of Wing Chun Kung Fu that was borrowed from my supplemental Jeet Kune Do training, and that technique is vital to anyone that is serious about training or self defense, because it relies heavily on speed and technique rather than power. Bruce Lee had it right, it's all about self preservation, quickness, and anticipation of the enemy movement. Once an established pattern has emerged, one can quickly close the distance and incorporate the Wing Chun technique. It takes a lot of practice, but it develops sensitivity and pliability in your hands, which is vital in close hand-to-hand combat. You can really frustrate your opponent who doesn't have that skill, because every move can be easily thwarted once you've developed the sensitivity. "Using no way as a way: Having no limitation as a limitation." With this as a basis of your training, added with constant repetition every day to develop muscle memory, anyone without training would be insane to challenge you. I'm well on my way, but I won't be ready to compete for about two years. I don't know if that's really what I want to do, primarily because I've seen what constant bombardment of the brain can do to affect intelligence. The prospect of losing my ability to comprehend and reason is the main factor keeping me from direct competition, but we'll see where that takes me.