How Long Does it Take?

That last post and poll sparked another question for me: how much of a role does experience play in combat sports or fighting in general?  Former champ  Lyoto Machida earned his title after a lifetime of training in karate and other martial arts.  The precocious Jon Jones earned his belt after fewer than four years of total MMA training.

There is no doubting the skills of either of these fighters; however, the difference in their longevity and commitment to martial arts go me thinking.  If you can focus on training, and if you have the natural athleticism of Jon Jones, does it matter if you specialize in a style for years or even decades?  Or is it better to learn to fight at an MMA gym and to compete as early and often as possible?  What do you think?

About moaimartialarts

Lucky enough to grow up with the martial arts, I have felt their positive influence throughout my life and am especially interested in sharing these experiences with others. I enjoy working with youth and adults to give back some of what I've received. If you would like to learn more about Uechi-Ryu/Shohei-Ryu Karate, or if you want to find people to train with, please contact me. I am the head karate instructor for the Meriden Martial Arts Club.
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2 Responses to How Long Does it Take?

  1. Kevin says:

    If you are simply judging a rank by fighting skill, then the skill level itself should determine the rank regardless of time. However, if you are focusing on other aspects of martial arts training like developing discipline, tenacity, and other good character attributes, time should be a consideration. Some schools only give a senior rank after 10 years!

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