Originally Posted by EarthDragon
so let me get this straight you, power lift, grapple, Thai box, MMA, CLF, bakmei and dragon, style???????
no wonder your all over the place, may I suggest trainning just 1 art and becoming good at it instead of trying to train 6 on top of power lifting and just being so so , you know jack of all trades thing.
How did I know you were going to pull the jack of all trades thing out of thin air?, how long must one spend in a single art before he gets good enough to know it?
This again is where you go wrong gross generalisations without knowing what you are talking about
I studied TCMA exclusively for a decade, most of that time under one master very well known here in the UK. I gained sifu level under him and represented him at various national comps here in the UK in both forms and traditional barehand sparring, during my last year with him I studied with another sifu in addition who taught me his arts of CLF and bakmei/dragon and opened my eyes as to what I was missing, he also introduced me to grappling lol
I then went the sporting route competing in grappling for several years (won the submission league competition that braulio estima ran twice in a row amongst other wins, picking up fasted sub of the comp at one.
I trained MMA and Thai out of the same club I grappled, not too uncommon Thai is the stand up art of choice for most MMA clubs: I trained a minimum three times a week with guys competing at national and international level in grappling and MMA .
At this time I stopped doing all TCMA classes but still practised on my own, I have done grappling and MMA since 2002 or so and still train it now.
Powerlifting I took up to help me in grappling comps, when I stopped competing in grappling I started to compete in powerlifting, done a few comps got some medals at the regional level but nothing worth writing home about . I started back with my CLF and bakmei sifu a few years ago as well hence the bakmei and CLF when I cut the number of MMA and grappling days I attend due to work and finances, and simply wishing to challenge myself differently.
So for a jack of all trades I think I have done ok: reached sifu level under one well known UK master, competed at national competitions for him, won several regional grappling comps, medalled in powerlifting at the local level and managed to pick up a fair bit of CLF and hakka stuff along the way. Could I have been a better TCMA person if I put the whole 2 decades+ into it rather than the decade + maybe BUT I wouldn’t have enjoyed myself as much