Originally Posted by blodwyn
1) I have a monkey thats got great ground game, really slippery character. You could learn from him.
2) I am suprised it took so long to say that TBH
Originally Posted by Plasticpaddy
Really??? See Above...
Originally Posted by Rob T
After getting through 7/8 pages of gripe, gripe, pop at WAKO, more gripes I got bored.
Surely a big reputable firm like WAKO getting involved in the UKMMA scene is a good thing.
Asking for a Dan grade or relevant experience ensures that the Monkey I have (as mentioned above) couldnt be a MMA coach.
The idea seems good to me even if slightly rough around the edges, and you are never going to be able to please everybody.
If you are not happy about the idea, dont take advantage of it. But unless you have hard proof that it is a fail - dont knock it either.
Just my view on the matter.
So what level of grappling experience is necessary for being a WAKO certified MMA instructor?
I would take you up on that but there is no way I can get my weight that low.. 75kg at best.. cant you eat something heavy? ;)
Originally Posted by johnchigo
I am not really old enough to remember, but didnt people have these same discusions about Karate and Kung Fu back in the day when they started up over here?
What you have just stated is indeed to to some extent correct. The reason why so many Kickboxing bodies exist..is simply not one can control the whole sector in the correct way...so new bodies open to furnish the kickboxing world with new rules and better regulations to try and improve conditions and safety for fights and officials..
I'm by no means a leading player in this debate at all, but he's my opinion
asking for an instructor to have a dan grade in a martial art before taking your courses is ridiculous
look at the following examples
[U]Gym A - Boxing and Wrestling
coached by an ex pro Boxer who won a world title, and a former commonwealth gold medalist wrestler
home to various levels of fighters including high level pros who have fought all over the world
the pros help develop up and coming fighters
Gym B - Thai and BJJ
coached by an ex MT fighter who has won domestic titles and a BJJ Brown belt
home to a couple of up and coming pro fighters and a pile of decent amateur/semi pro/class guys
this gym develops young fighters, who in the future will be professionals making an impact on the UK scene
Gym C - WAKO Certified
coached by a Karate 2nd Dan who has no grappling experience, but has taken the WAKO course
taking money out of the pockets of other gyms
teaching young guys that they can fight, only to see them slaughtered when they enter the cage with no grappling experience
People often disagree with my opinions, but I'm pretty sure that anyone with half a brain will draw the same conclusion as i did... you don't need a dan grade to teach MMA