The transcript below is from the video “Kungfu Tests The Legitimacy Of Capoeira” by MindSmash 

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

The schools of thought in regards to martial arts keep evolving due to the competitive platforms presented. The constant trial and error evoked by competition inevitably crushes all those who end up fixed in a belief structure or dogma… As result, in our current time it’s as if martial artists can do everything by taking bits and pieces from whatever seems to feasibly work opposed to a fixed structure of what has conventionally worked.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Whether it be Conor McGregor, Israel Adesanya, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali, Anderson Silva, George Saint Pierre, Hélio Gracie… The list could go on forever in regards to fighters who evoked evolution in the game due to their knowledge advantage… That said, in this segment we’ll be looking at two fighting styles. Kung Fu and Capoeira thus hopefully taking a bit of understanding from each styles as result. Thank you for joining me on this breakdown as we take a closer glance.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Hello. I believe to some extent every martial art has some technical understanding that could be applied relevantly to real-world contexts. Although in our current era we extract the high success rate techniques from the high success rate disciplines, salvaging from these other disciplines, opposed to ridiculing them is rarely ever done. Why change what is working? You know to some extent that is true, but to the individual who dares to walk closer to the edge. If they do not fall they fly higher than any other.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

After all at the top that’s one thing they’ve always had in common not an ability to walk as closely to the line as possible but to respect the line, while also having the courage to try their own way, learn the rules. See me break them like an artist Pablo Picasso. This is why no great fighter has ever looked like another, they may inspire another but no one has ever fit our mold perfectly. That said in this segment we’ll be looking at two disciplines that are typically viewed as ornamental kung fu and Capoeira. With this time a focus on the Capoeira fighter, Capoeira often fools people into believing that it is purely an ornamental discipline.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

That’s due to its emphasis on dance. Well to be honest if it has fooled us it means it’s working. After all Capoeira was invented by Africans were enslaved in Brazil at the beginning of the 16th century and the only way they could train to pretend all the we’re doing was dance, why because if they were caught doing martial arts they would be punished.This dance masking their true martial intentions was not only a source of hope but a tangible method to train in preparation for escape with even several groups of slaves escaping to form settlements known as Colombo. That said capoeira is a legit martial art and it may seem too flashy to be functional but in for a moment the opponent is caught up confused or hesitant that’s when you ridiculous amount of devastation may come around.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

That’s just it the dance itself is used the generate momentum thus once it moves into a rotation it’s as if the turning kick, the spinning technique, a running start…boom. The lights had no choice but to go out.That’s the advantage Marcos Aurelio had versus the kung-fu fighter.The kicks were confusing. Just the difference in power was blasting Shinsuke. He was making him tentative. He couldn’t feel a window to engage against. After all you can only fight the way you train, like we had little preparation for this particular style. Catching the kick he somehow mitigated the force against his neck by rolling with it.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Watch as he takes Marcus down. Marcus goes for a sweep attack in the leg but he couldn’t get it as Shinsuke was putting his weight down on him. With Shinsuke keeping his weight on Marcus’s butterfly guard the two kind of just forced a stalemate knowing the ref will stand it back up. You see Shinsuke throw a kick but it appears as a real physical difference between these two fighters. The level of threat from the kung-fu practitioners comparatively to the Capoeira fighter but by keeping the pressure close he’s not giving Marcus the space to move into his dance. He is still tentative. He’s waiting too much on Marcus. When you’re too worried about something big and flashy, that’s when something simple down the middle will easily find entry behold the TRT Vitor Belfort blitz.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Resetting again there is just a real physical difference between these two. The kicks were brushed off like there was nothing. Note also how the Capoeira fighter has resorted to simpler techniques that’s usually what happens when pressure is applied to a flash. It’s really hard to break in a flashy beautiful kick the moment you’re pressured onto the back foot. In the melting pot of pressure extra usually finds itself falling off leaving us with only the simple fundamentals. That’s the real issue with flashier styles. You need a certain degree of space and comfort of flow into execution. Usually the unpredictability and mysteriousness of his style helps create that space, but if you have someone like Steve [?] walking you down you know completely controlling you with ring generalship, finding that space and window it will be very difficult.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

Especially if he’s done a lot of studying on your style. Once the mystic fades, you need simplicity to establish respect once again to maintain that space, otherwise you’ll just keep getting tagged rushing for it. Shinsuke showed us this much even though he did not have the physical presence to handle Marcus. That’s often what I find with a lot of kung-fu fighters. Many of them have very practical techniques. It’s just the truth is often much simpler. Conditioning the body, stimulating will [?] strengthen the bones and some degree of sparring to build a reference experience for what will feasibly work for the individual. It’s a double-edged sword really.

MindSmash (Martial Arts Are A Microcosm Of The World):

It’s very difficult to spar when there is an emphasis on eye pokes and groin strikes. The moment it enters a competitive situation like this resting on the laurels of danger. It makes the overall star soft versus a fighter who strove far more for that specific setting. Nonetheless though I believe every foundation is built anything can work so as long as the window is present for it to work. If you’re like the work from me please subscribe and hit the notifications. Thank you if you did. It truly does mean a lot to me. Thank you. Smash like if you enjoyed it. It is good karma. And until next time peace.




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