Originally Posted by Alpine Whiteboy
At my Academy, they teach BBJ, Capoeira, Filipino Martial Arts, Jun Fan Gung Fu, MMA, Muay Thai, Savate, USA Boxing, and Wing Chun Kung Fu. And I promise you, with full sparring gear on, its nothing short of a street fight scenario... Ask a MMA guy to "fight for real in the streets" and he will destroy you...
I study Jun Fan Gung Fu (also known as Jeet Kune Do; Bruce Lee's method to martial arts), as well as Wing Chun Kung Fu, and both are for "street fighting".
Karate and Tae Kwon Do is all commercialized. Tho it may be effective, its more for being "flashy" and scoring points in a tournament...
OP do what I do. When in class, if you can't clear your head, and feel your not in your zone, take your time to make sure you are doing the forms correctly. Even if you take a loss, next time around you may get the upper hand because you are strengthening your technique, rather then just worrying about winning all the time. I see white belts/sash's come in all the time, and try to hit and swing their hardest to try to impress somebody. They don't realize technique and form are more important then hitting as hard as you can. If you know HOW to, and WHEN to, and WHERE to strike, not much force is needed...
edit: I know this is an old thread, but maybe it will come back to life... I never even checked out the off topic section, so this is new to me
I think Wing Chun is the best street fighting system around. Have you checked out the Ip Man movies? I studied with Yip Man's nephew many years ago.