What is a "Pure Sport"?

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Poor_Franklin
12/27/12 3:34:42PM
I was at the bar & a guy brings up that his uncle is a boxing trainer. I asked him if he ever trained any MMArtists & he said that his uncle would never train MMA bc it is not a "pure sport".

This got me wondering what exactly makes a pure sport & which sports qualify.

Thoughts?

( i only brought up the convo at the bar to inform everyone how the topic got brought up. i do not care to discuss the opinions of the trainer refusing to train MMA fighters. thanks!)
KingCmb
12/27/12 4:46:07PM
prophecy033
12/27/12 4:49:26PM
Should have asked him what a dying sport is
grappler0000
12/27/12 5:31:22PM
That's just something old people (or their disciples) say to make their sport seem more meaningful. I'm assuming he just means a single discipline though. Of course, what does that mean? Boxing would be more pure than kickboxing, since it has those pesky kicks and all. Now, if someone were to invent a sport called Jabbing, they'd laugh their asses off at how unpure boxing was. It's all relative. If you want to be the best puncher in the world, do boxing. If you want to be the best fighter in the world, do MMA. How pure it is, is subjective.
Chael_Sonnen
12/27/12 6:13:16PM

Posted by Poor_Franklin

I was at the bar & a guy brings up that his uncle is a boxing trainer. I asked him if he ever trained any MMArtists & he said that his uncle would never train MMA bc it is not a "pure sport".

This got me wondering what exactly makes a pure sport & which sports qualify.

Thoughts?

( i only brought up the convo at the bar to inform everyone how the topic got brought up. i do not care to discuss the opinions of the trainer refusing to train MMA fighters. thanks!)



Amateur & Olympic WRESTLING equates
Poor_Franklin
12/27/12 7:15:38PM
would Football be considered a pure sport w/ it having kickers or baseball having some guys only pitch & some guys only hit?

it is weird to try to figure out what constitutes a pure sport. i saw a website say that the olympics competitions are all pure sports, but as was previously said, it all seems debatable & a matter of opinion.
Bubbles
12/27/12 8:07:22PM
imo a sport is where:
a) an opponent in preventing you from obtaining the objective
b) there is a risk of serious injury

Golf is the exception to the rule.

I guess a "pure sport" would be a 1-on-1 type sport where you can only rely on your own abilities to reach victory and can only blame yourself for defeat
jay98107
12/27/12 9:34:32PM
There is serious irony when claiming purity in a sport that involves these men.



tcunningham
12/27/12 10:13:47PM
i think any of the traditional martial arts probably fall into that category. the ones that talk about the samurai spirit and shit like karate or kung fu. i personally think its a crock because when it comes down to it, martial arts should be nothing more than fighting between people either in sport or on a genuine battlefield. wrestling and boxing would probably fall in there too. i love MMA because when i go to the gym to train, we don't talk about chi or spirit we just kick, punch, and choke each other. very simple and rewarding.
jae_1833
12/28/12 12:57:14AM
Tough question to ask / answer......I think pure sports is a classification to it being as closely related as possible to it's original conception or as close as it can be to a real life situation. MMA is more pure to me than most other combat sports because it more realistically depicts a real life unarmed fight between two people. Rules and regulations are needed to keep it fair and safe to ensure the safety of competitors of course. But for an example, if two people start fighting and a guy tries to grab you would you not punch him in the face or attempt to break his arm? If a guy hit you really hard would you not try to kick him in return? Fish hooking, hair pulling, groin kicking, jumping in, pulling weapons or attacking smaller folks are generally considered dirty fighting. So I love what MMA has turned in to and think only a couole of small changes would make it perfect (Cruiser weight division, more Women's divisions, and knee strikes to downed opponents being in the front of that line).
cowcatcher
12/28/12 1:28:22AM

Posted by grappler0000

That's just something old people (or their disciples) say to make their sport seem more meaningful.



I think this pretty much sums it up, but if I was forced to argue about something like this I guess I'd say that it would have to be a one on one sport. Something like a footrace, boxing match, swimming race, etc., where equipment doesn't play a big role would probably be the things I considered purest forms of sport if I had to take a stance on the issue. Again, though, I think grap nailed it with his assessment.
prozacnation1978
12/29/12 8:29:28AM
I got same response way back in highschool

Played lacrosse for years. People said it wasn't a pure sport cause it was a club sport. We eventually got cif
Sanctioned and officially became a hs sport not club
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