MMA is the tactical combination of stand up clinch and ground work. Or put another way the Science of combing stand up , clinch and ground work as seamlessly as possible. That is where it stands today. Thats what makes it an art just like Boxing is the art of fist fighting and a science and wrestling is a science of grappling or BBJ has the science of the gaurd game. Good, up to date ,MMA is the science and art of combining all of the above and more. If I was with a boxing coach he would teach me the best possible stance and movement and give me tips and technique to employ in a boxing rules fight. If I was with a wrestling coach he would teach me the best possible stance and movement and tips and technique to employ in a wrestling rules fight. If its MMA its not a boxing stance anymore where all those tips and techniques will work as well ..its not a wrestling stance any more where all those tips andf techniques will work as well..Its a different thing. What do I do now to give myself the best chance? What tips and stance and movement and techniques do I employ? The answer is the art of MMA. Its true that some just do a bit of this and a bit of that with no thought to linking it up ,and call it MMA. They might even do ok. Thats more likley that they are a natural fighter or they are realy, realy skilled in one area and rely on that. That aproach at the top level is phasing out and its becoming more pure MMA as a style in itself IMO. Other things to consider are the perception of martial arts, coming arguably from traditional arts that use forms and also SD or RBSD thats shown at a slow or low rate. Out of that has come the wrong idea of what movement during a violent situation looks like. The truth is that its chaotic and looks a total mess. The thing MMA type training brings ,thats important is how to do what you need to do....strike grapple or clinch,....in this chaos. If you cant do it with in that chaos then its not worth trying to do.