I've been watching the UFC last week-end, and during the fight Jones-Belfort, some postures of the fighters brought me to asking myself: But why do they not apply Bunkai Jutsu in MMA ?
To be more specific, it is mainly the idea of me grabbing the opponent limb (usually the arm) in order to prevent him of protecting himself and of attacking me too easily and for me to be able to strike more accurately and strongly, and if/when relevant to apply any kind of lock.
This question arises because if you've a look to the fight, you'll see that Jones is very often having his left arm extended towards Belfort in order to prevent him to attack too easily, but such an extended arm means for me "grab me and twist me" ! However, I've often seen such postures in MMA fight (also with fighters not at the level of Jones and Belfort), but I've never seen a fighter grabbing the opponent's extended arm in order to apply some of the principles described in the kata and the bunkai jutsu approach ... Why ?
I think there are different possible answers:
1. They (MMA fighters / trainers / teams) do not know about these techniques ... maybe we should try to bring this into the game ...??
2. These techniques are not applicable in the MMA context; this is of course an option, MMA context is not self-defense context (yes let's not forget context for Iain ;-) ), but up to now I've not found a reason why they would not be applicable in MMA !??
So basically the question is:
Is the bunkai jutsu approach applicable in MMA (fully or partially) ? And if not, why ?