Something that sometimes gets lost in our age of pragmatic MMA is the old cinematic beauty of the “less functional” traditional martial arts. On the other hand, there is obviously value in not deluding a young man with the idea that he’ll be able to tiger claw his way out of a bar fight with Renzo Gracie.
Somewhere in between those two ideas is the elegantly clumsy art of Drunken Boxer Kung Fu, a fighting style that was probably invented by an intermittently graceful wino who couldn’t stand still long enough to throw a proper punch. In this video, an 11-year-old student of the Dragon MMA Academy in Ephrata, Pennsylvania appears to take several invisible shots of high-proof rum. He performs some acrobatic kicks, then collapses, passing out face down like an unemployed samurai who spent his last government assistance check on a case of sake.
I don’t wish to make light of some really nice choreography that the young man really should be proud of. But in the context of “MMA training,” I imagine this stuff could get a fellow killed in the parking lot of a VFW.