Last nite was my birthday and my coach & old buddy Vince together with his beautiful wife Kate and couple of my gym mates took me out to dinner at Chilli's in BSC.
As we were enjoying the Tex Mex meals and bottomless drinks, I told Vince that I found few of our old Karate friends who used to train with us through Facebook. I spoke about about the changes we went through and the different paths we took: they're still in Karate and me doing MMA via the CMD Program now.
Vince shared that as a professional coach who own and run a training academy on a full time basis, he has a duty to offer the best to the gym members and the CMD Program is the best at the moment. While we chatted about the usual combat sport stuffs, a realisation dawn on me: it doesn't matter what ranks you hold in any martial arts, it's what you can do when you need to do it!
You may train under the greatest sensei with a long respectable lineage from a well known dojo and has even beaten many top fighters before. But he cannot fight your fights for you, whether in a competition or in real life. YOU need to do it. It doesn't matter what your sensei can do. At the end of the day, it boils down to what YOU can do.
This is the best thing about combat sports like Boxing, Muay Thai, BJJ, Judo, Wrestling etc: they train the individual to perform. But I don't mean to start any style vs style debate here, I'm just sharing my personal journey. If you manage to make your style (whatever it may be) works for you, then I'm happy for you. If you are interested to understand why I believed those combat sports above really enable the individual to perform, just do some reading on the Net.
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