Despite the numerous occasions that martial arts ‘masters’ have been exposed in the past, it still happens. This time, the so-called expert decides that grappling is not a necessary part of fighting and believes he can beat an MMA fighter…
Traditional martial arts, as many people know, are rooted in respect and discipline BEFORE the actual art of fighting. Apparently, some martial artists have completely overlooked the respect part.
Throughout the years there have been many attempts by ‘masters’ to beat mixed martial artists. Prior to the emergence of MMA, it was usually styles vs. other styles like Karate vs. Judo.
Now, somewhat disrespectful martial artists feel the need to throw themselves into deep water. One perfect example is the recent craze in China where an MMA fighter is on a mission to ‘expose’ fake martial arts.
Today’s story is far more downscale but equally as valuable in terms of lessons to be learned.
Old Kung Fu Master Trolls MMA Fighter
According to the report on Mixedmartialarts.com, and as you’ll see in the video below, this Kung Fu ‘master’ was on a mission to prove a silly point. Check out the story as told by one of the fighters at the MMA gym, and watch the video below:
“Morrison Butler, while filming the fight, politely tells Wayne’s coach that he didn’t have the lock and would not be able to choke his opponent (you can listen to the entire conversation during the last minute of the video of Wayne’s fight in the above link); his coach goes ballistic over Morrison’s advice and immediately challenges him to get on the “stage”.
“Fast forward 20 days after that silly discussion – Morrison receives a text message from Wayne Hunter saying his coach was going to come to KnuckleUp and prove to Morrison that grappling is not important. He was going to jump on the “stage” and defeat Morrison without taking the fight to the ground.”
That Didn’t Go Well
“Fast forward 20 days after that silly discussion – Morrison receives a text message from Wayne Hunter saying his coach was going to come to KnuckleUp and prove to Morrison that grappling is not important. He was going to jump on the “stage” and defeat Morrison without taking the fight to the ground.
Nobody believed he’d actually show up; but yesterday (9/22) he showed up at KnuckleUp with an entourage of 15+ of his students, and his own timekeeper. After signing a waiver of liability, the coach decides NOT to use gloves, and asks for ONE 15-min round. There would be no rules on the fight.
The Kung Fu instructor took quite a prehistoric approach, thought to be lost somewhere in the early 1990s after the first UFCs with Royce Gracie. In fact, the coach did resemble Tank Abbott somewhat.”
Ed note: kinda like that ninja who tried fighting Dominick Cruz:
“One might think the coach overreacted, after all, it was a spur-of-the-moment discussion during a fight – but there’s much more underneath the surface.
despite his ascending mma career, Wayne has never had any grappling training, and lacks basic ground skills. Wayne lost his past two matches due to his inability to defend himself from being taken down and dominated on the ground. But when he finally faced the need to learn Jiu Jitsu and Wrestling, his coach (the Kung Fu master in the video) would not allow it.
For whatever reason, Wayne’s coach believed (I don’t think he’s so sure of it now) that grappling skills were not important for MMA.”