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Nov
18
comment Are any Martial Arts Reality Shows/Documentaries useful to watch?
I would emphasize that these shows are shooting for sciencey, not science. The veneer of science, through whiz-bang graphics and a dash of technobabble, is plenty for them. Using electronics to measure one punch is more sciencey than it is science.
Nov
18
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
@SteveV Good point. I allow for the possibility that some karate/kungfu/silat styles were originated by people who didn't know how to fight, and so even the original forms had moves that were impractical and ineffective.
Nov
18
revised How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
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Nov
18
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
@SteveV But empirically, we find that many styles are not good, and not practical.
Nov
18
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
I've seen this as a method used by AJ Advincula in Isshinryu, but the applications were beyond silly. I think this is a modern invention.
Nov
18
answered What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
Nov
16
answered Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
Nov
12
reviewed Approve Is the Olympic sport of Tae Kwon Do uniquely Tae Kwon Do like?
Nov
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revised Is weight training useful in martial arts?
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Nov
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answered Conditioning after sick leave
Nov
6
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
@Damon That tragedy is a great example of why we should regulate MMA and screen fighters, but the fact is we don't know whether he died because of punches, kicks, knees, the choke, or any of those plus a pre-existing medical condition. Plus, he didn't pass out, which makes this case totally tangential to the discussion here.
Nov
5
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
@MarkC.Wallace The last sentence makes a lot more sense now :) And I apologize for the way I phrased my comment--I didn't mean for it to come across as attacking you or anyone. I just thought her statement was pretty incredible.
Nov
5
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
Her statement is equivalent to saying "I would never practice a header in soccer, because although I've never played the sport, it looks like it would cause cerebral hemorrhages." It's quite clearly a statement that is ignorant of the plain fact that millions of people do practice these things with no evidence of ill effect either chronic or acute. Judo is one of the top practiced sports in the world. Wouldn't you think we'd have had at least one case of someone falling down dead from a choke by now, if it were going to happen?
Nov
5
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
@Damon That's a caricature of my reasoning. 15 people dying is at least a fairly serious chance of injury compared to 0 people dying from training chokes with the basic precautions noted in my answer, as Kowai and various judo organizations have noted. The data shows that our time would be better spent warning people about poorly applied uchimata attacks that endanger the neck. Let me put it this way: is there any data that could conceivably convince you that chokes are safe?
Nov
5
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
@Damon Kowai goes into fair detail describing how law enforcement's LVNR should not be considered the same as properly trained and applied martial arts chokes. I would also be interested to see if the after-care guidelines were based in medicine or were just a legal way to cover their behind.
Nov
5
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
I still disagree, and point to the massive numbers of people doing this every day without falling dead, as noted in Kowai, and without noted deleterious long-term effects, per Rodriguez, Vitali, & Nobili (and others), though I acknowledge that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
Nov
5
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
Explaining that in your answer would make it more clear. Thanks.
Nov
4
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
I feel like we're in danger of some circular reasoning. If I understand correctly, the point of training chokes is to force the partner to tap out before they experience a vasovagal syncope. We're trying to determine how dangerous it is if our partner passes out before tapping. As my answer details, all studies of this kind of training seem to show that there is minimal or no risk involved, as long as basic precautions are taken. Saying "choking them unconscious is dangerous because they're unconscious" doesn't really shed light on the situation. Or did I not catch part of your position?
Nov
4
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
Can you tell us what caused the shock kidney trauma? I assume it wasn't martial arts training. And correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't vasovagal syncope via carotid sinus massage the goal of training chokes, and a large part of the subject of the question itself?
Nov
4
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
@MarkC.Wallace Any word? I'd be interested in any brain scans that showed problems from chokes.