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Feb
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comment Aikido and Bulking Up?
Well then, you have two, maybe three possible choices, Drakes. You can continue with Aikido and allow your joints to worsen, and not be able to lift weights. You can stop doing Aikido completely, find something else to do, and lift weights. Or you can possibly find a way to continue doing Aikido without it screwing up your joints. I suspect the 3rd option is out, because you would have already figured that out, but maybe not. Listen, if your joints are messed up, stop doing whatever it is that's causing that. Joints are important, and you're going to regret it later on if you don't stop now.
Feb
1
comment Aikido and Bulking Up?
Gracie Jiujitsu is also a very strenuous, active martial art. You will use your muscle and cardio-vascular system. Do that often (Kron probably works out every single day multiple times a day), and you'll be in fine physical condition. Aikido isn't like that. There truly are an awful number of fat, absurdly out of shape black belt aikidoka. So that's out. But the idea of just going out, biking, swimming, maybe play tennis, do a bunch of pull-ups and push-ups, etc., that stuff is great. That's the way to do it. Weight training is very effective, too, though.
Feb
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comment Aikido and Bulking Up?
Bulking is not something that interferes with aikido, nor vice-versa. So I think the question about bulking is a little strange to me. You need to be able to lift weights, first of all. You need to have your joints free of pain. And you need the time to lift weights. If you lack the time, or your joints are messed up, those are your issues you need to figure out first. Any aikidoka can bulk up. It just takes time and effort. Most don't, because most people don't put in the effort to get muscular, period, regardless of whether or not they're doing aikido.
Feb
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comment Aikido and Bulking Up?
This is the correct answer. Drakes, if your joints are hurting, you need to fix that first before lifting, assuming you can't lift while they're in pain or stiff. If you're new to aikido, wrist pain and pain from sitting in seiza, etc. will happen. It's normal. You'll get better, and that pain will either go away or will become smaller over time. If you're 3 months into it, you still feel that pain, your aikido teacher doesn't have a solution, and it's preventing you from lifting weights, quit. You're better off. Because nobody needs that crap. Joints are not something you mess with.
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comment how to use o2 mask to training martial arts
You can take more breaths per minute to compensate for the reduced amount of air in any one breath, sure. That way you might get the same amount of oxygen per minute as you did without the mask. But very quickly you'll reach a limit on how many breaths you can take per minute, and you'll go into an anaerobic mode. If you want to be in an anaerobic state, you can accomplish that a number of ways, including by wearing weights and wrestling bigger guys. At least then you're doing something useful. This mask alone? It does nothing for you. What do you think you are accomplishing?
Jan
20
comment how to use o2 mask to training martial arts
@AFetter Correct me if I'm wrong, but reducing the amount of air you breathe should reduce the amount of oxygen you breathe by the same factor. Right? Regardless of how it works, the device fails to present any benefit to the user.
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Jan
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comment How do blood chokes actually work?
No, they didn't look at the Vagus nerve firing. They merely took blood pressure measurements. But what they did show was one way the blood choke can work, which is by restriction of blood flow. That doesn't explain all of the cases where someone faints due to blood choke. It explains the chokes that take 5, 10, 15 seconds to work. It doesn't explain the ones that work instantaneously. And we know that strikes to the Vagus nerve causes people to faint also. There appear to be two mechanisms.
Jan
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comment How do blood chokes actually work?
Blood pressure may not have been affected by the choke, that is correct. It doesn't have to be. What matters is that the Vagus nerve triggers a signal to the brain saying that the blood pressure has spiked too high. The Vagus nerve can be tricked into doing this by simply compressing it, stretching it, or striking it. The actual blood pressure is not necessarily increasing for it to send a "high blood pressure" signal to the brain. At least this is how I think it works in many cases. It might not explain all cases.
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Jan
11
comment Why is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?
... Making a tight lapel grab thwarts the wrist lock. In competition, that's going to be the problem with the standing lapel grab to outer wrist lock throw defense. You won't see flimsy grips in competition, just in class. Same goes for real life. What I'm saying is that it's more likely than you might think that you're going to have to struggle even with two handed wrist locks. But then, you can always sense that it's not working out and let go quickly. I'm just saying be conscious of that fact. Struggling with this while not having secured your opponent is a bad idea.
Jan
11
comment Why is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?
There are a number of scenarios where the wrist can be manipulated. One is the lapel grab that you described. The other is the case BJJ tends to use it in, which is when you've established position on the ground and have control over your opponent. Then you're in a position to apply the wrist crank, but it usually isn't immediate and requires a struggle even if you have two hands cranking on his wrist. The lapel grab to outer wrist lock throw is something else. But it too has this problem. All it takes is for someone to make a fist for that wrist lock to be thwarted....
Jan
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comment Why is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?
@HuwEvans What you said is all good in theory. As I point out, it's rarely done in competition. To be in a position where you can take time out to crank on a wrist, you first need to be really good in everything else. Which I think is why this is less common in colored belts rather than the black belt ranks in BJJ. In Tomiki aikido and Hapkido competition, too, we don't see a lot of successful wrist manipulation, especially not the wrist lock throw. It's trickier than it appears. And just because you have the wrist by two hands, it doesn't mean you will very quickly submit your opponent.
Jan
7
comment Why is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?
@DaveLiepmann I suppose anything can become your bread and butter and can be turned into a high percentage technique if you train it enough. It may just be that most people haven't trained it enough to be good at it, and maybe that's why it's low percentage for most people. Lots of BJJ black belts have made an effort to train wrist locks to a high degree of reliability. But then, maybe that's only because all their other stuff is good enough that they can deliver wrist locks reliably or know which situations are optimal for wrist locks and which aren't. You have to talk with them.
Jan
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comment Is hitting hard objects really effective in making bones harder?
@pojo-guy Oh, that's very interesting! Thanks for sharing that.
Jan
7
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
By the way, interesting thing to note about the spear-handed strike in karate: It's not a strike with the tips of the fingers. It's a strike with the knife-edge of the hand. Your other arm is performing a standing arm-bar on your opponent (similar to a kimura), and as you do that you're coming to the side of your opponent, standing perpendicular to him. Then you bend him over with the leverage of your arm-bar, so he's sort of bowing. Then you do a downward knife-hand strike (your spear-hand strike is actually a knife-edge strike) to the base of his skull for a knock-out.