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Judo ikkyu (brown belt)

BJJ 4-stripe white belt

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

negligible experience with boxing and muay Thai


Dec
5
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
A friend of mine noted that a remarkable number of barfights in Japan led to two drunk men vigorously trying to osotogari each other.
Dec
5
comment How do I choose a boxing glove?
What are you getting the glove for? Training at a gym, training at home, hitting a bag, competition?
Dec
1
comment How to select the right Aikido dojo
Could you excerpt it here, or convert this to a comment, to prevent linkrot and add value?
Dec
1
comment How can I judge the competency of a teacher?
This question is so close to an upvote, but the black-and-whiteness of the negatives, plus the idea that only someone with 20 years experience could judge someone's skill, makes me reluctantly leave it alone.
Nov
30
comment Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
You had me on the history...and lost me with the idea that kicks aren't useful for fighting.
Nov
27
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
Here's a case where someone familiar with jiujitsu was choked, but not choked unconscious, the choke "felt different", and had a stroke three weeks later that he blames on that choke. If this were prevalent it would be worrying, but it seems more like a less-common relative of commotio cordis, which is a pre-existing condition combined with normal athletic activity, which together causes death.
Nov
21
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
It hasn't been enough for a downvote, but I've always disagreed with the idea that humans don't stand so well. Wrestling a resisting opponent to the ground is hard.
Nov
20
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
@aberration Either MMA fights count as evidence, or they don't. If they do, then we have to look at the tremendous, overwhelming success and prevalence of going to the ground in many matches, particularly early UFCs like 1 to 15, as well as modern fights like GSP/Condit, where the fight was won on the ground. If MMA doesn't count as evidence, then why does Mir not taking down Dos Santos matter?
Nov
20
comment What is a good push-up routine to build punch strength?
Counter stslavik, there is a correlation between muscle strength and the power of one's strikes. How else would one move one's arm? Of course technique is important, but the idea that everyone who is strong is "muscle bound" is hogwash. Do sprinters shy away from deadlifts because they'll get too strong? (A: only if their deadlift is already awesome.)
Nov
19
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
@Trevoke I'm not 100% sure which parts you regard as which, but I organized it in order of relevance to the majority of readers. That is, I think people should know that my experience of solo kata was that they're often useless, that they have major drawbacks for the purposes people claim they're used for, and they have some minor benefits, though historically they were used as a kludge or for militaristic indoctrination.
Nov
19
comment What rate should I be learning tai chi and qi gong?
What are you there to learn?
Nov
19
comment Cutting weight fast
@MattChan Isn't losing weight over time with the goal of lower BF% a dramatically different question from how to cut water weight temporarily for weigh-ins? I don't think these are duplicates of each other unless we say all weight cutting is the same.
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
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
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?