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Judo ikkyu (brown belt)

BJJ blue belt

2nd dan Isshinryu, former instructor, don't believe in it anymore

negligible experience with boxing and muay Thai


Feb
10
comment Is there any documentation of newaza in Fusen-Ryu?
Thanks for dropping by, and for the updated link. I got that impression from the "Kosen Judo evolution" section, but will rephrase my statement to better showcase our agreement. I think the only potential distance between our views is that much like you convincingly argue that many techniques attributed to Brazilian judoka were predated by Kosen judoka, I've heard claims that some non-Kosen judoka were making the same inroads into newaza.
Feb
8
comment Terminology: List of all boxing and muay thai technique terms with example photos
Kind of similar to this question, but not identical.
Feb
4
comment Avoiding “Belt Factories”
In many styles/schools/organizations, kid belts are indeed the same as adult belts. It can also present problems when, say, a 7-year-old TKD black belt mentally equates their achievement to BJ Penn's BJJ black belt.
Jan
29
comment What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
That would be nice, but "if they want to join the club...make sure they reported it" sounds a lot like "if they don't report, they can't join the dojo" or "they should report it whether they want to or not". It doesn't sound like "support their choice".
Jan
29
comment What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
It's nice that a given technique worked, but that's a one-in-a-million shot. So-called "one-strike disabling" techniques should not be relied on. False empowerment is dangerous.
Jan
29
comment What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
MacYoung's page is chock-full of victim-blaming, and demanding that sexual assault survivors go to police is patronizing. Someone who has had their autonomy violently taken from them doesn't need someone else--someone who they don't even know and haven't given any authority over their lives more than asking for training--telling them what to do. Going to the police is the victim's call. If you have an opinion about it, keep it to yourself until they ask you. But "there are no easy answers" is spot-on.
Jan
29
comment What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
@dmckee I agree, but I think there's room enough for both syllabuses in this question. The difference between three hours and 32 hours exist, but there's a bigger difference between both of those and regular training. The key is "what do you teach to people who don't train".
Jan
28
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
let us continue this discussion in chat
Jan
28
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
@Alan All of that KM stuff, multiple attackers, weapons and so on is great material to focus on after you've developed proficiency with basic hand-to-hand combat using sparring arts. Someone who can't fight 1-on-1 hand-to-hand has no business learning compliant techniques for those more difficult scenarios; it just makes them overestimate their abilities. As for "what else would you teach them", I answered that: "We should be telling these people that they should either learn to fight or acknowledge that they can't."
Jan
28
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
@Alan I moved my response to the last section. I also note that in my understanding, the military's approach could be summed up as "spar hard (in the mannner of BJJ, boxing, kickboxing, and MMA) in combat gear, occasionally using hidden stun guns to simulate knives". As I recall, West Point requires every freshman to take a semester of boxing.
Jan
28
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
This answer is relevant, as are several of the others. The short answer is that martial arts, trained correctly, increase someone's hand-to-hand combat ability. That's not useful in all scenarios. Whether that makes it "inadequate" is a fuzzy question.
Jan
22
comment An Ontology of Combat
@Trevoke Since I don't think there are ontologies in the sense that the OP is looking for, I decided that the closest relative would be a fine answer. But no, it definitely doesn't answer the question as stated.
Jan
6
comment What are good exercises for building grip strength for judo and BJJ?
Relevant reddit thread, espousing towel-grip pull-ups: reddit.com/r/bjj/comments/161gh2/…
Dec
24
comment How can I keep my back straight in my horse stance?
Squat.
Dec
22
comment What type of brace should I use for the jumpers knee injury (patellar tendinopathy)?
Did your doctor recommend a knee brace? This comes very close to medical recommendation.
Dec
21
comment What are the most effective exercises (hojo undō or otherwise) for martial arts?
@THelper Osu! Thanks. It's a great question.
Dec
16
comment What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?
Can you clarify the baseball bat analogy? I think any reasonable person would prefer being hit with a baseball bat end-on, rather than hit with a swing.
Dec
7
comment Is kickboxing or boxing particularly dangerous?
I would also question your use of the term "short term" to describe the evidence of brain injury in amateur boxing. From the article you link: "The boxers who participated in the study competed on the top-level of Swedish boxing and all had fought at least 47 bouts." These are world class amateur boxers; the amateur refers to whether they take pro bouts, not their level of involvement in the sport, which is quite extensive and certainly not short term.
Dec
7
comment Is kickboxing or boxing particularly dangerous?
I edited your Livestrong link to point directly to the BBC reportage, though it still lacks a link to the study. (If you think I erred, please feel free to roll it back or re-edit.) I think the distinction between pro and amateur is worth noting here. My answer on concussions (linked above) addresses this.
Dec
6
comment Finding my center (hara / t'an t'ien)
The idea that it takes ten years to feel and use one's center is complete hogwash.