Gentleman Jim Corbett and the Queensbury rules. For what its now worth!
How times have changed. Now even myself can get a TV channel due to new technology. Gentleman Jim Corbett basically pioneered the Queensbury rules, his main aim was for the safety of the fighters, the athletes. The video below highlights those changes... MMA, have they reversed the script. Are they going back, what next, head butts, weapons... Lets face it MMA is fought in a cage. The Queensbury rule changed Muay Thai forever, thanks to these rule the sport is safer, MMA in the larger more commercial shows everything is very safe. What concerns me is how can the safety be brought into the gym. The MMA seem to have a mad attitude and this must come from the gym in some shape or form. Going to Brazil to get a Gracie certificate is just a piece of paper, crushing limbs and ground and pound must cause some injuries. Ju Jitsu is their originally to break your body and disable your attacker not an athlete. 3 years, then you are an instructor, then your a promoter. I wonder what they are really teaching!
Sport and safety come together first and foremost. Translate this to real world combat and rules shouldn't apply. Safety first and go home. Is Martial arts going backwards?
The rules were their to help build a better athlete and turn them into a better showman and not get serious injuries in the show. MMA competitions are shows full of spectators, with a passion of seeing people get hurt. This then concerns me regarding activities in the gym. I choose the Thai Way and this Muay Thai used the rules to become a sport, a more exciting sport, not a scrap in a cage that reminds me of fighting at school, no winners and pain and injures to someone.