Hard work vs experience

Discussion in 'General Martial Arts Discussion' started by Zerodauto, Dec 29, 2010.

  1. Zerodauto

    Zerodauto Valued Member

    Could anyone help me find examples of people who have studied martial arts for a long period of time losing to someone who has been studying for a short period of time, but has trained extremely hard?
  2. Haakon

    Haakon Valued Member

    Such people are generally going to be the exception, not the rule, but Joe Lewis comes to mind as someone who trained for a short period of time and went on to beat many people who had trained longer.


    It doesn't list who he beat, but I'm sure there were a number of people who had trained longer who lost to him in his first tournament.
  3. righty

    righty Valued Member

    BJ Penn comes to mind.

    Just looked on Wikipedia and he got his BJJ black belt in 3 years and a few weeks after the black belt promotion won the BJJ world champs in the black belt division.

    However at elite level competition, in the majority of cases you need both experience and hard work.
  4. Moi

    Moi Warriors live forever x

    Eugene Valerio. Fought his first kickboxing fight after two weeks training and was British Champion within a year. Went on to win multiple belts. Still fighting now even though he's over 50.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N16MEnrhzlg&feature=youtube_gdata_player"]YouTube - 'Initiation' Sat 16th May '09 Eugene Valerio v Malclom Griffin 78k[/ame]

    (eugenes the one in pink shorts)
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2010

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