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Which is Better, Jujitsu Throwing or Karate Punching

Striking v Grappling

When it comes to Jujitsu throwing or Karate punching I will always take karate punching.

I know this is going to ruffle a few feathers, but let me state my case.

Back in the sixties and seventies there weren’t many organizations, no protective gear, no mommies worrying as they watched their seven year old learn Karate. There were so few schools that I had to travel fifty miles to class, and the only people I trained with were VERY dedicated.

how to get a black belt in on yearDedicated people who didn’t sign up because they had seen a Bruce Lee movie (Bruce Lee wasn’t around when I began Karate, he was yet to come), but because something inside them was driving them.

Over the next few years protective gear was introduced, chain stores started up, people who had studied for a couple of years were promoted and went off to start their own schools, and the worth of Karate sank.

But before that happened I saw people do things that people today simply cannot do.

Can you break a standing brick with a half fist? How about sticking a hole in a board with a single finger? How about taking a full power kick to the groin?

Such things are virtually unheard of these days.

And I am not just an old fuddy duddy hearkening back to the ‘good, old days.’ The things I speak of happened, were verifiable, and the level of Karate was much higher.

Here’s the interesting thing: people can do more back flips and fancy kicks today. People can do more difficult forms.

But they are showing the fat, and the real meat hasn’t even been cooked.

Flash forward…the Ultimate Fighting Championship is the most popular arena in the world. People crowd into MMA schools so they can ground and pound, and classical karate, and Kung Fu and many other arts, are fairly well ignored, or taught to children in large chains, which merely exacerbates the problem.

Yet I have never seen anybody step into the ring and do the type of Karate punch I was trained in. I have never seen anybody who could punch an arm and break a bone with perfect focus and a calm mind.

MMA, you see, is using boxing.

Many claim that Karate punches are too stylistic, won’t work. But none of the people who say such thing trained back when these Karate did work, when students were trained until they could make Karate work, and only the dedicated survived.

About the Author: Al Case began martial arts in 1967. Check out his Outlaw Karate course. There is also an Outlaw Karate book (same material but no video) available on Amazon.

What Is the Best Martial Art?

Yeah! What IS the Best Martial Art?

I have had people ask, and tell, and discuss what is the best martial art since I first began my studies. There is a fascination with being the best, and, to tell the truth, I can’t fault it.

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Come on! All of you! At once! I know the best martial art!

Heck, if you don’t believe in something, why are you doing it? Right?

So when somebody goes on a jag about some art being better than another, I just smile and go along with it.

Heck, the Ultimate Fighting Championships were started to answer this question.  Every week people from different arts would get in the ring and discuss the matter. Kung Fu went against Jeet Kune Do. boxing went against Jujitsu. Muay Thai went against Karate, and you know what we all found out?

Brazilian Jujitsu was the best! Couldn’t be beaten, and…and time passed, and suddenly Ju Jitsu was no longer the best.

Hey, all arts are good, and all arts have their moment in the sun, but it really isn’t about which art is better. It is about which art makes you better.

So maybe kung fu works for you, or Karate, or some Mixed Martial Arts dog.

And, who really cares?

When I watch the UFC these days it is merely for the spectacle, to see a couple of grown men punch the daylights out of each other, to choke each other, to bleed a little bit, and then stand up and shake hands.

Isn’t that better than war?

And the real best art these days, as demonstrated by the gladiators of the UFC, is a generic thing that is unique to the fellow who studies it. Some guy focuses on kung fu drills, speeds up his hands, and he becomes best for a while.

Another guy works on his kicks, or his takedowns, and suddenly we have a new ‘best martial art’ in town.

But, as I said, what you work on is what you need, and the art you study is the best martial art for you, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that.

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