I guess you haven't viewed my profile... I'm looking at this at a Traditional method vs a MMA method... I haven't stereotyped in one bit, but here you are stereotyping (oh faceless one). I give my respect to where my respect is due for the hard working athletes in MMA that go out and become great fighters. There are very few great fighters out there... Believe me.
I've trained in several martial arts fully learning aspects in TKD. Moreover, I have a strong sense of self defense and I have ground techniques from my 15 years of Hapkido and 3 years of Judo with my Grandmaster... I'm a well versed Martial Artists not an MMA Fighter. Which was my original comment to begin with.
I have read your profile; though, I'm not sure what that has to do with anything.
Ok, let me elaborate on my view and let you know where I'm coming from:
I'm actually not
an MMA fighter either (in the UFC sense). I'm a traditional student who's studied multiple styles over 15 years, trained multiple students, and studied under a very highly ranked grandmaster. Trust me, I'm well versed in traditional styles too.
However, I moved away and ended up having to study on my own for several years. I started to branch out by reading books, watching videos, and sparring anyone willing to fight. Of those resources, I found MMA ones were often the most practical and useful.
Now every time I walk into a traditional school, it feels like I see overweight, underconditioned students doing sloppy forms with a billion stripes on their belts. This definitely isn't always the case, but it feels like it's becoming more common.
So, like you, I give respect where it is due
. I've met a lot of great traditional martial artists. I've also met many great MMA fighters. I even have a lot of respect for tricksters. (They do things I can't dream of)
I just felt like sticking up for MMA because I think it has a wealth of knowledge to offer. As for the belts, I think the whole system should be thrown out as it's more a money maker than anything now. Originally, they didn't use belts anyway. If you look into the martial arts history, MMA really starts to look a lot more like the styles that current "traditional" styles arose from
- back when physical conditioning, strength, speed, reflexes, practical techniques, and camaraderie were the name of the game instead of name dropping and belt flashing.