Since I’m running a bit of a theme with these posts, I thought I’d add XMA to the mix. Once again, extremely impressive athleticism, power, control and flexibility, of that there is no doubt. However, like Wu Shu, I have to wonder about the relationship between those traits and combat effectiveness. It was mentioned in another post that people who practice these styles can probably translate these skills quickly into a combat effective application. I would have to agree with that, they have tons of physical skill and know the mechanics of punching, kicking and weapon skills. It should be easier to translate those skill fairly quickly.
However I am sure that some folks had an eye opener like I did when I started FMA. Its one thing to get fast and impressive with your hands and sticks, Its another thing when you actually start hitting things. Its another thing entirely when that “thing” is another moving human.
My intention here is not to judge these styles, I have no clue what these practitioners do other than what they present via video. But it does make me think about the relationship between “style”, “art” and application.