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    I've been practicing Northern Shaolin Long Fist for about a year now.
    Our training consists mainly of stance work, two man drills, and
    sparring drills (practicing footwork and combinations). I usually
    participate in continues sparring sessions with a couple of the
    advance students at least once or twice a week, and when I
    do we are usually working with MMA style rules.
    Fighting with people who are generally larger than me, guys
    would normally be out of my weight class, has demonstrated
    to me that weight is a huge factor in any fight. Grappling
    though seems to be most effected by it, for it is mainly a
    matter of positioning and momentum and as a thinner person
    (155 pounds/ 6ft) it can be an extremely difficult situation.

    So the question is: How do you feel the removal of weight classes would effect the MMA venue? this is in terms of skill, style, etc.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    When UFC started they did not have weight classes. I recall Dan Severn fighting some dude smaller than him. Forgot the dudes name though. Only reason I remember Dan Severn is cause he showed up with his mom.
    Master of Shaolin I-Ching Bu Ti, GunGoPow and I Hung Wei Lo styles.

    I am seeking sparring partner. Any level. Looking for blondes or redhead. 5'2" to 5'9". Between 115-135 weight class. Females between 17-30 only need apply. Will extensively work on grappling.

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    Join Date
    Jan 1970
    If you have a rule set for sportive combative, you need weight classes.
    the idea of small beating large only applies when there is other forms of equalization occurring.

    in a ring type match, no weight restrictions means the little guys are getting their asses handed to them more often than not plain and simple.
    Kung Fu is good for you.

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    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    West Virginia
    When the UFC first began fighters were not as skilled as they are today. Many of the fighters had little to no grappling skills and many of the traditional arts had little full contact stand up skill. During these first events, the fighter with the most full contact experience, either stand up or grappling, generally won. Now that MMA has evolved the weight classes are necessary because if you have fighter A at 155 lbs and fighter B at 205 lbs and both are of about the same skill fighter B will win. It's a matter of physics. If you have an unskilled 205 lber against the skilled 155 lber the smaller guy has a much better chance but size is always a factor when it comes to fighting.
    "The hero and the coward both feel the same thing, but the hero projects his fear onto his opponent while the coward runs. 'Fear'. It's the same thing, but it's what you do with it that matters". -Cus D'Amato

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Of course, training wise, you want to train with all sizes and there is no doubt that, even competition wise, going up against bigger and stronger opponents is a necessity in ANY MA system.

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