Rupert Atkinson wrote:
In most, though admittedly not all, of such fights the winner is pretty much as beaten up as the loser. Not much sense in that. And how many beatings did he take to get where he is? Sure, he might be able to fight his way out of a rough bar on the wrong side of town, but part of the reason he is there in the first place is because half his brain cells are working part-time.
Yes, exactly why I chose Aikido over boxing or any of the other arts that use striking as a means of brutally, vindictively punishing an attacker/opponent.
Even with Ali's superior skills, making his opponents look like plodding oafs, it usually took him several rounds to wear them down. That's definitely NOT "street" practical when you've got a guy Foreman's size coming at you with brass knuckles and four of his buddies closing in.
When O-Sensei was Ali's age, how quickly and elegantly could he have taught five guys Foreman's size why it's not smart to pick on little old Japanese guys?