Three Fight Disciplines, Two Fighters, One Fight. Let the Revolution Begin
Martial Arts competition has been evolving throughout the history of time. Critics, fighters, and fans have debated on who is the worlds most well rounded fighter. For one fighter to excel in all the main fight disciplines is rare to see. Certain fighting disciplines throughout time have also been competing to claim superiority. As far as fighting standing up, Muay Thai has been proven to be the most effective form of striking. For years Kung Fu, Karate, & Tae Kwon Do practitioners have come to Thailand & they all got knocked out.
Most professional fighters excel & feel comfortable fighting in one particular discipline & stick with it. Romie Adanza feels comfortable in Muay Thai, but thinks he sucks at Jiu Jitsu. Bernard Hopkins said that if he fought an MMA Fighter he’d get his ass kicked. Boxers can’t defend being taken down, or strikes below the waist. Then there are those who have excelled at one thing, and tried to branch off into MMA. From what I’ve seen it usually isn’t a successful transition. We all saw what happened when Boxer James Toney fought Randy Couture. Let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.
Then, there are those who excel at Boxing, Muay Thai & MMA but have never had a proper forum to display their skills in each particular discipline. All three are often used in an MMA fight, but never have they been displayed individually in one particular fight.
That is where the IFS comes into play. Master Shawn Shilati, Promoter & Founder of the IFS (International Fight Showdown) & The IFS team is excited about unveiling their latest concept on finding the most well rounded fighter. They have created The Pro-1 which is the newest phase in Martial Arts competition.
The way Pro-1 works is very simple. It’s like a Fight triathlon in a sense. Combatants begin the first round with Boxing. The Second Round consists of Muay Thai. Instead of only using their fists, fighters will be able to incorporate all eight limbs (Fists, Knees, Kicks, & Elbows.) Then, the final round will consist of Mixed Martial Arts (Striking, Ground Fighting, Wrestling, Grappling, etc.) The Am-1™ is the amateur fighter’s version of this. The same rules will apply except knees to the head and any elbow strikes are not allowed. This new form of fight competition was recently approved by the California State Athletic Commission On November 30th, 2011. Incorporating all three discipline into one fight will determine who is the most complete well rounded fighter. Three Fight Disciplines, Two Fighters, One Fight.
The Pro-1 & Am-1 Competition will be unveiled at the next IFS event. It will be interesting to see which fighters are up for this. If anything it will definitely show holes in any one particular fighters game & provide a foundation for improvement. Hopefully, this new form of competition will prove successful. I’d hate to see a fighter forget what round he is in & try to take down his opponent during the Boxing round. 8 OZ MMA Gloves will be used for all three rounds. It’ll be interesting to see Boxing, & Muay Thai fought with 8 OZ Gloves & how a fighter will react to using such light gloves when being accustomed to much larger.
I personally would like to see stick fighting, or the use of weapons in a competition like this in the future. Fighters could wear protective padding & fight with long wooden staffs. Unfortunately, the art of using weapons in competition is rarely seen today in a Mixed Martial Artist’s arsenal from the current lack of popularity & competition.
IFS10: Triple Threat will be held on Sunday March 04, 2012 at the Industry Hills Expo Center – 16200 Temple Avenue · City of Industry, CA 91744. 2PM (doors open at 1PM.) For the latest updated & news regarding the IFS you can check out their website. Don’t miss this opportunity to see history in the making.
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