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Author Topic: What's your style?  (Read 16576 times)


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What's your style?
« on: June 02, 2006, 08:21:16 PM »

"What's your style?"

Well, I am the cool, quiet type. Slow to anger, but when...oh! Oh, you mean my martial art style?

Martial art style is not a term that relates to me too well. I know what you mean by it and it is an easy term of reference to use, but I have grown not to like it. Style as in martial arts is a certain kind of approach, like,

"In our style we use Chinese joint locks to make throws and takedowns.

"In our style we emphasize Filipino stick work to teach hand-to-hand..."

"In our style we use Japanese methods to teach self defense."

"We use a Korean/French mix to over come aggression."

"In my style of fighting I only teach knees, head butts and elbows."

Style with and upon styles. Highlighted expressions. I am rather, all about stripping the style from the moves. I teach the essence of combat, clean, practical, tactical. (if you want to call THAT a style, then you are one semantic devil!)

I try not to look a certain way.
I try not to have any finesse or flair (such is subjective system by system)
I am not interested in looking fluid, smooth or impressive.

You can have training on a particular tactic that is just as thorough and complete as any other "style," minus all the trimmings, outfits and flags.

Just nuts and bolts movements.
It is supposed to be shocking and ugly.
If I look pretty while doing something, it is strictly by accident.

How pretty is a car wreck?
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Re: What's your style?
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2010, 01:22:18 PM »

The fighter that impresses me, is the one that just executes nuts and bolts movements.
He is styless.
Efficient. Crisp and clean.
The essence of combat.

We have many people like this.
Too many to name here.  Jim McCann. Tom Barnhart. Joe Hubbard,....just way, way too many to name here. These people fight like efficient machines. Unidentifiable in style. Unconfined. Customized for their body size, shape, strength.

UFC fighters, too, but they still linger and exist in a myth of the duel, that stand-off format with some rules restricting their otherwise, race car, engine-efficiency. Rules hold back like old regulators on cars that control maniac speeds. The rules make the style and the methods. When they hit the ground? Many still look like wrestlers. Thats why efficient groud n' punders are now usually winning. They shun the expected look and style. Ignore the expected trained moves. They do not "fall into" expected routine.



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Re: What's your style?
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2016, 01:38:20 PM »

One time awhile back, I had a old-timey karate black belt, system head, guy, tell a student who was both with him and me, say...

"Hock has no finesse."

Actually coming from him, that was a good compliment. His definition of finesse is not one I aspire too.

Beauty and ugly is in the eye of the beholder.