Ok, apologise for this being a pretty vague thread. I just read all the way through the Chad Waterbury MMA strength thread just now. In reference to the tangent it went off at, I kind of understood some of it but not all.
I was kind of thinking to doing some sort of martial art, mainly for something to do and also to burn a few more calories. Whilst I was at school I did Shotokan for 5 years and later on in the mid 90's did it for another 5 years. I started off with the very rigid teaching of the KUGB and went on to a federation that applied more application and sparring etc.
Anyway, I understand the limitations of karate, particularly watching all these vids of Karate guys fighting BJJ and stuff. I don't consider myself a hardass, I don't get into fights and stuff but I want so input as the best route to follow.
There is a video on the Chad thread where some BJJ guy basically takes the Karate guy to the floor. I understand lots of fights end up rolling about on the floor like this. How useful (maybe this is a dumb questions I dunno) would it have been for that Karate guy who got pinned by that BJJ (for those that saw the vid on Bushido site) if he was a competent bodybuilder, or are we talking about a system (BJJ) where technique would have defeated any strength stuff.
Surely if you are very strong then and it comes to grappling, strength and size is an advantage over technique or not ???
I basically think I won't bother going and doing Shotokan again and wonder what sort of stuff is good for alround usefullness. I'm not particularly flexible and think stuff like kick boxing might be not for me.
Appreciate the help, apologise or long post.