I agree, on first blush. It’s important to note that generalizations are what they are: fuzzy truths – they are right, but not always.
The traditional arts which in which I have trained and taught (Judo, Aikido, TKD, TangSoo, etc.) attract a certain type of person, and that type is usually not into supplementary training like roadwork, weights, kettlebells, you name it. Those who enter sport-based styles like boxing, MMA, wrestling, and BJJ understand that a champion is not made via technique alone. It’s a different demographic.
In fact, one of the primary reasons that sport-based styles breed great fighters is that they fight (applying what they’ve learned) and train like athletes. And that’s where “traditional” martial artists fall down the most, and don’t realize that by supplementing their training, they enhance it in a synergistic manner.
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