Western or Eastern martial arts?

Posted by: Black-Jesus

A lot of people tend to think that Eastern martial artists could easily beat Western fighters, but I've seen trainers in Western systems beat those of Eastern styles just as badly as you see Bruce Lee beat the snot out of Chuck Norris in Way of the Dragon. It is largely up to the fighters themselves, but, obviously, some styles are better than others.

  • Western

  • Eastern

29% 5 votes
71% 12 votes
  • Simple and natural to learn. Most people don't have the time to learn a complicated series of martial arts, best bet is to stick with the basics.

  • Ever heard of Cane-Fu?

  • Western is more applicable in real world situations. Eastern martial arts tends to be more for ceremonial and performance purposes.

  • The Eastern system of values embedded in martial arts is much more valuable. It isn't just all about fight, fight, fight.

  • Western styles in UFC are all hybrids of eastern ones anyways. The only truly western ones are maybe Boxing and Grecco-Roman Wrestling. Those though, mostly prove that the bigger stronger guy who can take a hit the best always wins. Eastern match-ups seem much more interesting and require technique and brains to beat your opponent.

  • i prefer the eastern women over western men.

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UtherPenguin says2015-08-21T20:39:33.1540532Z
Huntress says2015-08-22T05:55:13.3392615Z
I think the Eastern style is superior overall, but that's not to say a Western born martial artist couldn't learn the Eastern style just as well. There is more focus in the Eastern style on watching your opponent and using his weaknesses against him rather than just trying to overpower him.
Black-Jesus says2015-08-22T06:23:58.9755232Z
I find that Western styles are more focused on real life situations that one might find themselves in, it is more about survival at all costs, and incorporates more western weapons like guns, knives, and baseball bats. Whereas Eastern styles focus on control and respect, and use martial arts as more of a discipline to train your body and your mind than to win a fight, and winning fights is more of a byproduct of your training. I'm a brown belt in Western karate class, and I've taken a few classes in Krav Maga, which is a Western martial art, and then I've seen documentary on Eastern styles and spoken to Eastern martial artists, and these are the biggest differences I've noticed.
Huntress says2015-08-22T06:28:55.5646244Z
I was thinking more along the lines of wrestling and boxing, given the picture and the use of the term "Western fighters", but I think newer martial arts in the West like Krav Maga are brilliant and do have more use for soldiers, police officers, security, etc.
Black-Jesus says2015-08-22T06:34:40.3112343Z
Well, roman wrestling does have it's merits, it is possibly the best style to go to if the fight goes to the ground, but it wouldn't be good if there is more than one enemy. And then there are Eastern styles like the one I take, that have been Westernized. I take Tora Ha Kempo Karate, which is a Japanese karate style based off of Chinese Tiger Kung Fu, and was adapted into American style by my teacher when he studied martial arts in Japan.

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