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Competitions and Cross Training

As a forerunner of the mixed martial arts (MMA) movement in South Africa (early 1990's) RAT has its own system of competition, allowing martial artists and other combat sportspeople to enter our competitions. However, we have also always believed in having open minds by both training with and competiting against other martial arts on their terms. This way we have got to experience the strengths and weaknesses of our system and other systems and make great friends along the way.

Photo of Ryan swinging fire chains at RAT training camp


RAT practitioners have, amongst others, competed in the following martial arts and sports (some having competed and placed at world level):

  • RAT
  • No-Rules and MMA
  • Full contact Kung Fu (Kuoshu)
  • Full contact Pankration (at world level)
  • Sports Jiu-Jitsu (at world level)
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Karate
  • Judo
  • Tae Kwon Do

Photo of Tim throwing competitor in full contact Kuoshu competition

Having competed in so many different competition types, we still believe that competition is only a small part of martial arts and our purpose in doing competitions is simply to gain experience of different situations under pressure. Our focus is on the practical application in real life.

Cross Training

RAT is an open martial art, meaning that practitioners will consider ideas and principles from any martial art if they add value. As part of this open-minded tradition, the RAT syllabus requires practitioners to gain black belts or achieve significant skills, experience, and knowledge in other combat types in order to progress in RAT ranks. Practitioners can choose for themselves what systems they would like to learn. Amongst our small group of practitioners, we have achieved ranks in:

  • Zulu and Sotho stick fighting (Nguni stick fighting)
  • Kung Fu
  • Japanese Jiu-Jitsu
  • Karate
  • Eskrima/Kali/Arnis
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Boxing
  • Kick boxing
  • Kendo
  • Close Quarters Combat
  • Hsing-I (Xing Yi)
  • Pa Kua (Ba Gua)
  • French Savate
  • Tae Kwon Do

Each of the practitioners who experience these other arts adds to our collective experience.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2009 21:54