MMA, or “Multiple Martial Arts”

Woah…It’s been a while.  Not too long, but def not soon enough.

Some of you may know that I train in the martial arts.  Multiple martial arts actually; mainly Karate and BJJ, but I dabble in a bunch of others, learning about them from friends and people who I train with.  Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to do some training in the martial arts with a couple of really special instructors, along with the amazing people they have themselves surrounded with, and let me tell you, there has been some learning going on like you wouldn’t believe.  But not just learning.  Clearing, discovering, and understanding.  Those are maybe better words for it.

Prof. Shah Franco of Toronto’s Inner City MMA

To take a concept from Douglas Adams’ character, Dirk Gently, I’m starting to see the “interconnectedness of all things” in the martial arts.  A lot of people have asked me about the difference between the different styles of the martial arts.  They want to start taking classes but they’re not sure about what to take; Karate(and all their different styles), BJJ, Wushu, Aikido, Tae Kwon Do.

Mr. Rory Miller of Chiron Training

There really are a lot of choices.  I’ve sort of nailed it down to this: all martial art styles, if they are complete fighting/combat/self defense systems, should get you to the same place.  Now this obviously depends on the level of the instructors as well as the time and effort you are willing to put into it, but really, we are all just learning how to manipulate the human body(and mind, but that’s for another conversation).  And, generally speaking, all our bodies are pretty much the same.  If you hit hard enough or exert enough pressure or force in the right spot or in the right direction, bodies will bend and fall, flesh will bruise, bones will break, ligaments will tear.  It’s not rocket science.  It’s just understanding human anatomy through movement, pressure, connection and force.  I think.  lol.  But that’s pretty deep for a post on a photography blog.  If you want to hear more about that you’ll have to come to a class at London BJJ.  I’m here just to share a few photos from the days of training.  I will finish by saying this; I love training.  And I love learning.  I hope I never get to a point where I can learn no more.  That will be a sad day.  Thanks to all who were involved.  I’m always looking forward to training again!



Check out these links:

Inner City MMA
Rory Miller’s Chiron Training
London BJJ

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