I’m an avowed UFC fan. Most of my friends find that revelation quite shocking but despite my very real fandom, I’ve been somewhat annoyed over some developments in the MMA community. A growing number of fans are beginning to believe that the rigors of getting a black belt in anything other than jiu-jitsu (which is featured in a lot of MMA battles) is pretty much worthless in a real fight. Why? Look among the top ten fighters in any division of the UFC. You have to be well rounded in wrestling, jiu-jitsu, grappling, and striking. A gross generalization commonly argues that jiu-jitsu artists defeat wrestlers via submission moves, wrestlers take strikers to the ground and beat them via ground and pound and unfriendly hugging, and strikers (mostly karate artists and thai boxers) beat up jiu-jitsu artists by keeping the fight off of the ground. There is a lot of truth to that generalization: one martial art will never dominate in MMA – you have to be well rounded to make it to the top.
Apart from the common and glaring misunderstanding that martial arts are exclusively about fighting, this growing contingency of fans fails to understand that martial arts also teach you how to use weapons! Newly designed armor developed in Australia (in part by armor producing talent from LOTR movies) will now allow martial artists from various disciplines to test the effectiveness of their styles against one another much like MMA allowed open handed fighters to determine which styles win in a stylistic match up. But no one has ever been able to find out which style does the best when it comes to real world weaponry contests. Now, Unified Weapons Master deserves the honors of providing a new generation of combat that will surely revolutionize the combat sports world! Oh – and as an added bonus – the suits look cool.
Of course, if you want to learn how weapons based martial arts combats are handled hundreds of years from now, you can just read Moon 514: Blaze and the White Griffon. After your done with that, you can find out more about these currently existing suits at Unified Weapons Master‘s website.
The picture comes from Ceramics.org because, of course, the suits are made out of ceramics … really? Find out for yourself…