|OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!!|
With that being said, there are instances where more of other styles make their way into their program than originally intended. For example, after our TKD sparring class some of the guys who practice BJJ (including myself) will continue to spar in either BJJ, or in an MMA format. When more than one person has training and an interest in multiple arts, I think it is wonderful to cross train as long as it does not interfere with our regular class requirements, or force a student to perform tasks that they may not have learned in our program. You can’t expect a TKD- only student to do well in a BJJ sparring match (rolling) if they do not spend out of class time at a BJJ school like some of our students do.
|Wait, what part of Jayoo is this again?|
I see it all the time, sometimes during our belt tests. If someone is testing for their next belt and you are scheduled to spar them, don’t take advantage of their tired state to pull off that sweet hip throw you learned in your Judo class. That’s like refusing to dribble in street basketball – sure you can run faster and evade better, but it’s not in the agreed set of rules that have been established prior to the match and otherwise “cheap”. Or even better, a boxer using a head butt or low blow when the ref isn't looking. Now if both parties have agreed and trained to do that, then we have a level playing field.
|This isn't in the standard sparring rule set? My bad.|
Fanboys inside the martial arts can be categorized as using unexpected methods to attempt to gain advantage when the other person is adhering to guidelines established in the match. They may also “full-cup” a situation when they think their exclusive “side-art” is superior. Boxers don’t throw kicks. Jiu Jitsu artists don’t use strikes, Arnis doesn't use guns, so don’t bring that crap up if you are training at one of those schools.
In reality the gun is more effective than the stick… but why are you at the Arnis school if all you have to say is, “Well if somebody came at me with a stick like that then I’ll just pull out my gun”? (That argument is also 100% nonsense and will get somebody killed- The Stick Chick)
Don’t fanboy other arts at your school. There is a difference between keeping an open mind and taking advantage of a situation to make you feel superior. It is disrespectful and in most cases the other party would have dealt with it just fine if it was understood that it was in play. Don’t use someone else’s ignorance of your “other style” as an opportunity to gain advantage. It’s cheap. Find someone who agrees to use those same guidelines and train with them. You and your partners will be better for it.
Troy Seeling is a 1st degree black belt and instructor in Tae Kwon Do, with 5 years experience in Boxing and a two-year white belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Troy also instructs a strength and fitness class, and helps to manage his families' dojo, North Texas Karate Academy In his spare time, he enjoys trying different forms of physical fitness, including Olympic weight lifting and distance running. He also enjoys film photography with antique cameras. You can contact Troy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed note: Opinions in "Troy-Kwon-Do" posts are those of Troy Seeling, and I don't always agree. In regard to Arnis and guns - 21 foot rule, 'nuff said) -The Stick Chick