View Full Version : BJJ/muy thai vs. kyokushin karate
hey guys,. i'm faced with two options,. bjj/muy thai,. and kyokushin karate,. which would work better on the streets,. and which has a well rounded mix of ground and strikes and kicks,. to be honest with you,. i really like the idea of kicking and punching and would rather stay standing,. but i want to be able to handle myself on the ground also,.
which one is easier to accell in?,. if i got jumped by some dude on the street, which would you rather know??
Kyokushin, while great at stand-up, doesn't have any ground work that I know of. If they do, it's very limited. However it's still a great art.
I would say go with the MT/BJJ combo but I think you need to watch both places and see which one you think you will fit into best. Ask for the instructor's background and see how he interacts with people. A good instructor will happily tell you who he trained with, how long, ranks, etc. Since BJJ is pretty young here it's easy to check if someone is legit.
Watch as many classes as you can and try to get some free intro classes at each one. Then make your decision.
Again, these questions are subjective.
The best would be whichever teacher presents his style in the most realistic fashion. Your ability to apply it would depend upon which style best fits your body type and natural abilities.
Consider the following:
TKD (the real thing) may be good for keeping an opponent at distance but a jump spin kick is useless to someone who weighs 350 lbs.
BJJ is great for getting people like TKD stylists to the ground and in unfamiliar territory but won't be as useful to a guy who only weighs 120 lbs. as a evasive/striking style would be.
MT is just fine but if someone doesn't have the tolerance for the training and conditioning they will only have a very basic and limited method of fighting.
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