What do you think would make the sport of MMA better?
Sure, technique can always improve, and it is better more refined each year.
We must first look backward to move forward…
Traditional martial arts have something that a lot of modern martial arts are missing.
Can you guess what it is?
No, it’s not a flashy spinning technique. Although, we see those pulled off more and more, don’t we?
It’s is the traditions that make a person a life-long student with great respect for others. It’s the old-school traditions that make someone a true martial artist, and not just a great fighter.
We’re talking about the aspects of martial arts that kids get patches for, and adults need to take throughout their life.
The “merit patches” that line the sleeve of many kids’ programs in martial arts schools are earned for behaviors like the following: Honor, courage, respect, discipline, kindness, attitude, bravery, power, leadership, and similar skills and traits.
We aren’t suggesting adults should wear these patches on their BJJ Gi.
We do feel that in the modern era of martial arts, some of these traits are lost or not emphasized enough. The result can be a talented fighter with little self-discipline, a bad attitude, and no leadership skills.
We’re sure you’ve seen a post-fight interview with a winner who was obviously talented to get the win, but really lacks any type of class or respect. Not only is this person a poor role model for MMA, but they are also likely leaving huge checks on the table due to lost sponsorship deals.
Whatever your role is in the world of martial arts, make it a point to enhance these “merit patch” type of trails in everyone you encounter.
Thanks for reading.
The MMACA Team