Fortunately, debates over which style of martial art is ‘the best’ have become less and less common. Professional Mixed Martial Arts competition has driven home the point Bruce Lee was making decades ago; Being unwilling to adapt and integrate means the lid on the coffin is closing. However, with the increase in popularity of "Reality-based" training, the old Sport vs. Street argument is ever-present.
It would be tough to count the number of times I’ve heard some variation of the following statement:
"That won’t work on the street! People don’t fight like that."
Is this simply one of those cliches leveled by martial artists at other systems or schools to prove why their way is superior? Or is it a valid criticism in at least some cases?... [continue]