Fearless6691 wrote:I understand where your coming from with the confusion. The owner of my gym is a hardcore TKD guy but he is old and worn out. He is oldschool and doesn't know anything about MMA, he still thinks he can beat Hoyce Gracie and shit lol. He always yells at me to mix up my kicks, and I just want to be like, yeah I'm not a TKD BB so I am not going to do a back spinning round kick leading to a front kick and crazy shit like that. Our head MMA coach tells us not to do that gay shit lol.
I work on my 1-2 no joke, 20 min. Just sit there, 1 - 2, 1 - 2. It is the basics, you might not get to do that back spinning round kick in an actual fight, but you know your going to do the 1 - 2 a million times. Samuris use to drill the same move for hours, and who is more badass then a Samuri.
JonB wrote:Definitely master the basics. THEN if you have time, you can learn a few new things to add to your bag of tricks.
Having said that, we have to remember that everyone is different. Just because person A is not good with technique x doesn't mean person B is the same. With the unpredictability of standup in general (Not to mention MMA), I see no issue with finding a few unorthodox techniques to throw in. But you have to train it like the basics, and learn how to use it.
So I would say master the basics, but if you can learn something unorthodox to throw in, then more power to you. It may not be wise to have an completely unorthodox style from the get go without experience though.
irishmike357 wrote:There is a great quote floating around some place that goes something like this. "I do not fear the man that has practiced 10,000 kicks once, I fear the man that has practiced 1 kick 10,000 times".