#1 Posted by casedawgz -
#2 Posted by ZeroXraven -
#3 Posted by ZarnonElchris -
#4 Posted by casedawgz -
Takedowns and grappling were not invented for the sake of MMA. All MMA techniques comes from other styles, including Kung Fu.
Be that as it may, they talk him up as a kung fu fighter, and I'm reasonably certain that an armbar is not a kung fu move.
#5 Posted by ethanarchib -
But you have to think of it like Jeet Kune Do. Bruce Lee learnt various martial art styles, most kung-fu though with some boxing & such thrown in; he blended them to create a new form of fighting which is widely regarded as kung-fu because it's base is made up of a lot of kung-fu practice.
Think of Wei in that way (didn't mean to attempt a pun there :D )
As for a lot of his new age cqc moves, that i'm guessing mainly comes from his cop training. But even then, breaking limbs & such effectively can definitely be found in old kung-fu styles; it wasn't just invented in the last 40yrs
#6 Posted by Deku20 -
In fact, Kung Fu practitioners have been approaching fighting scientifically and rationally and "mixing" martial arts since before the term MMA even existed. Look into the origin of any form of kung fu and you will find the same story: A fighter practiced in various disciplines and then decided to mix them and use what they considered the best bits of them. Wing Chun, Hung Gar, Jeet Kune Do, etc. Any true form of Kung Fu today is not so much a style that approaches combat in a singular fashion (Example: Strike in this specific way, and never grapple!), but as a matrix that prepares you to deal with any situation (Example: Respond to the situation accordingly, incorporating whatever means are called for in order to neutralize the threat.)
Seriously, MMA and Kung Fu are not so different. It is simply that there are some MMA loudmouths who do everything they can to paint kung fu fighters as outdated and useless showboats, and you have loudmouth Kung Fu practitioners who love to paint MMA fighters as undisciplined and idiotic bandwagon riders. Pretty much every technique they use was passed on to them by chinese boxers. Muay Thai has a deep connection in the past with chinese martial arts, and so do the Japanese arts of Te (Later formed into Karate) and Jiujitsu (Which directly influenced Brazilian Jiujitsu, the golden boy of MMA). They are so related that I personally see them as brother and sister martial arts. To put it plainly, elbows, knees, blocks, takedowns, and joint locks are not the exclusions of Kung Fu, they are the speciality of Kung Fu.