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Feb
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comment Aikido and Bulking Up?
And did Kron actually gain muscle with his described program? He has fought MMA and BJJ in the 170lb/77kg division for his entire career, dating back to his teens, and even if he cuts he doesn't cut much. So we're talking about someone who is athletic and well built, but not notably big or strong or muscular within his sports. Beyond that, I'd attribute his current build to doing BJJ through puberty more than bodyweight training.
Feb
1
comment Aikido and Bulking Up?
@Drakes How did the year off go? Did you fix your injuries? How big are you now—because being undersized and weak makes people more prone to injury, and maybe that's not the case anymore. Are you still trying to get bigger, or just to get stronger while maintaining your roughly current size? How many times a week do you lift, or did you train aikido?
Feb
1
comment Aikido and Bulking Up?
Where does this refusal to consider weight training come from? What about bodyweight training is so appealing?
Jan
21
comment Why is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?
@HuwEvans If you're so sure in your wristlock technique in the context of BJJ, then go try it out. Most BJJ schools offer a handful of free classes and they'll be happy to give you a blue or purple belt to try your wrist manipulations on.
Jan
13
comment Does judo work against someone not wearing a judogi?
She's a good example of judo application without the gi, but counterpoint: she spent substantial time training without the gi to transition her skills to MMA.
Jan
8
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
I'm sorry, that was more rude than I intended. I think we may be talking past each other. I'm partial to the historical definition of "internal"; if someone uses the term to refer to particular practices I find it less than useful because of its vagueness.
Jan
8
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
@mattm Perhaps you should read the specific examples in my post again. Hung gar has exercises you describe as "internal", as does BJJ, judo, many karate styles, and others. But the internal/external terminology was created specifically to promote three specific arts. When used to refer to styles it is a marketing term; when used to refer to practices it is vague and often leads to magical thinking.
Jan
8
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
Unfortunately these are ex-post-facto explanations. It's also a good example of how the internal/external dichotomy, instead of being an objective grouping, is just another marketing method for the arts marking themselves as "internal". In each of your points, "external" is a straw man to be improved upon, not a valid training method in its own right.
Jan
7
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
@mattm The central thesis of Kennedy & Guo's point, which is backed up by history and current fact, is that internal/external is not a valid distinction. I'll add some more to explain the political origins of the grouping, which makes it clear how nonsensical and useless the dichotomy is.
Jan
7
comment Why is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?
Aikido aside, are wristlocks really seen in BJJ as low-percentage? I'm not sure I think that's true, or if I know exactly why BJJ doesn't prioritize them. I certainly think wrist locks (but not usually wristlock throws) are fine techniques in some scenarios.
Jan
7
comment Are there viable ways to simulate the body reactions to a punch landed to the face?
@ElMynx One of the biggest effects of taking hits, whether to the body or head, is exhaustion. Having a big gas tank and experience fighting through fatigue is critical.
Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
That's why I quoted you, and then asked two questions. The first corresponds to your point 1. The second corresponds to your point 2.
Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
That doesn't test the technique in question. A test for the technique in question would be to chop someone like me in the neck. I'd prefer to wear a mouthpiece and be allowed to defend myself. This is my point: you have no basis of knowledge for the statement I quoted in my first comment.
Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
I didn't say it was a concussion, but you're right that we wouldn't see a fencing response in a choke-out as opposed to a KO. But the point remains that he did a forward roll instead of falling over unconscious like someone choked out, which leads me to ask: if you admit he's not rendered unconscious, then what is the effect of the technique?
Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
It's a forward roll. Which unconscious people tend not to do.
Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
I assume you mean the knockout at 1:00. Honestly it looks fishy to me in two ways: 1) uke does a break fall while supposedly unconscious, and doesn't exhibit any of the telltale behaviors of a person knocked out (e.g. stiffness, fencing response), suggesting he may actually just be falling for his teacher. 2) Hitting a defenseless opponent tells us nothing about my question, which is implementation against a live, resisting opponent in a chaotic situation. The example at 1:35 is not much better. This is fakery and tomfoolery.
Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
"A strike [to a valve of the carotid artery on the neck] will cause unconsiousness." How do you know this? How reliable is this effect in live implementation?
Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
I updated the epistemic viciousness PDF link. gilliankrussell.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/… Judoinfo may be temporarily down; not sure.
Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
See related question here: martialarts.stackexchange.com/q/501/347
Dec
30
comment Video evidence of Aikido applied against a resisting non-aikidoka?
@StevenGubkin I find it useful to A) distinguish Aikido (or any other style) from wristlocks), and B) remember that wristlocks work, but they (and other standing jointlocks) have their own specific impediments to effective training. I actually really like wristlocks and waki-gatame armlocks.