ericbryanwiggins wrote:I think this probably explains what I'm seeing. I imagine that if a high-impact "striker" goes up against a low-impact "binder," the bouts would look much different from like fighter vs like fighter. I just wanted to make sure these were maybe opposite ends of the same spectrum and not me overlooking some alternative, overall approach to the art.
And this is precisely why tournaments are so damn cool. I've been to a lot of big events over the years, and generally
when it's freeplay only you see one of two things:
a) People only fight folks with similar styles, because they're friends or have seen the fighting online and think that so-and-so would be "fun" to fence with...not realizing that the reason that fighter looks "fun" is because their movements are somehow familiar.
b) People seek out fighters who are different, but the fights are gentlem, playful affairs. They're wonderful learning experiences, but they aren't truly pitting one approach against another...they're two approaches experimenting with each other. Not the same thing!
In tourneys, though...you're really seeing two people with wildly different styles really, really trying to outdo each other, in public, and unplanned. That's part of why tourney fighting, historically, hasn't looked that good. There's no unspoken choreography happening as with almost all fighting in the a-and-b scenarios above.