Do Styles Make Fights?
As an avid social science nerd, Jungian psychology fanatic, and chronic overanalyzer, I tend to look for the philosophy in everything. I seek to see what’s lurking below the surface and my passion for MMA is no different.
I don’t look at fights on the purely physical plane that they take place on. I look as closely as I can into the minds of these fighters, into their stories, their camps, their beliefs, the life forces that shape them as combatants. Styles make fights as they say and I believe one's style is derived from their mentality as an individual.
It’s not just about what discipline they’re trained in or what techniques they specialize in, but the circumstances that led them to train in those types of martial arts or to be drawn to develop those specific skill sets. What makes someone an aggressor versus a counter puncher, what psychodynamics create a fighter who looks for submissions over someone who likes to stand and bang?
These are the questions that plague me when I am studying fighters who are about to step into the cage. I believe that fighting is one of the most brutal, raw, and courageous things that one can embark on in this lifetime. I don’t care who you are, where you come from, your color or creed— if you go to war with another human, you are a warrior in my eyes.