Is karate better than MMA?
This has been an ongoing debate since the beginning of the UFC. It’s also been an ongoing debate since the dawn of martial arts, which one is better?
My answer “It depends on what you’re looking for.” We live in an age where we have so much access to content online, choice of martial arts schools close to where we live so no wonder people are confused about what to do and which is better.
Some advice would be thinking about your specific training goals and be aware that they may change over time and that’s ok.
For example, someone that wants to become a career fighter you must look at what competitions are out there, where you could make a good living (and be warned top prize fighting money is reserved for the very elite) and what styles interest you. In this arena you have but not limited to MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, WKF circuit (mainly European competitors can earn a living) and many more.
Another example is someone may be looking for specifically street self defence training. Many martial arts have elements of self defence but not all are applicable for the street unless they are trained that way.
You might be wanting to do a martial art with your family as an extracurricular activity and to keep fit and spend time together. Learning how to kill or damage people on the street in self defence may not be part of what you are hoping to achieve.
So back to the original point here. Be specific about what you want to achieve, research schools near you. Once you have narrowed down what you are looking for then go meet some instructors, visit some dojo’s and see if you gel with the instructor and the class. Try them out, but not one class, commit to some training and really see if its for you.
Everyone is different so enjoy the journey and find what is best for you.