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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


Feb
25
comment How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?
@coeus I've found yoga quite helpful for judo and kickboxing. Longer yoga classes, particularly when you're new to the practice, can take a toll on your recovery demands (which would otherwise be devoted to MT), but if you're inflexible then you need to do something. One option is to develop a short daily morning yoga practice, since flexibility responds best to frequency.
Feb
25
comment How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?
@JuannStrauss World champion in muay Thai? I'd be interested to see any of the research.
Feb
25
comment How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?
-1 I'd advise against cycling, since as a repetitive partial-range-of-motion exercise it tends to decrease flexibility, particularly in the hamstrings, which is a bad idea for MT. It's also quite strange to say that running only works the shins and calves. But neither running nor bicycling is a proper strength or conditioning exercise for MT. Neither is sport-specific, nor are they effective for general S&C. What's called for is either sport-specific conditioning or a general strength training program.
Feb
25
comment How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?
@coeus 4+ isn't necessary, it's just the point at which you see rapid progress. The point is to maximize your in-class muay thai workouts. Can you do something at home? Yes, but I'd focus on a progressive strength and mobility program first, and only then supplement with a MT home-drilling workout.
Feb
19
comment Defence against Wing Chun
You spar with no rules! How often? What kind of throws and groundwork do you do? What is your insurance like, considering you spar full contact with biting and hairpulling and eye gouging allowed?
Feb
19
comment Defence against Wing Chun
@RichM Because Bruce Lee knew Wing Chun? It's not like he had some sort of magical martial arts evaluation mechanism.
Feb
14
comment What information should I consider when choosing a martial art to study?
@TonyD That's only true if training for self-defense. If the goal is training for the fun of training, then grappling without head punching but 100% application of grappling moves is perfectly valid.
Feb
14
comment What information should I consider when choosing a martial art to study?
@TonyD I don't know what Thomas intended, but for me it's that I know whether what I'm training works in grappling because I can apply it 100% even in friendly training. That's not possible with striking; you need to compete for that perspective. One could argue that 100% application in striking training is possible if you just don't punch the face/head...but then you're cheating yourself of real confidence and skills. I've found that to be true and I think that's what Thomas meant.
Feb
11
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
@AlexQueue The short answer: it abandons dominant position. Long answer: If I'm on top of mount I can strike, move us both where I want, attack with chokes, get up and leave, or pin their arms reliably. If I go for the armbar, I'm laying on my back vulnerable to 3rd party attacks and I can't easily stand up. If the armbar fails, it's even worse: I'm on bottom, my opponent can strike and move us both around, and both of us have a legitimate chance of pinning the other's arms. I love that armbar, it's one of my best moves, but it's a terrible choice for military applications.
Feb
10
comment Should I start competition or wait for green belt
@SteveWeigand Your comment would make a fine answer.
Feb
6
comment What drills are good to escape/break Spider Guard?
@BadaBoom I agree with Funky. The leg drag you describe is fine but nothing works all the time and the spider guard is an effective weapon.
Feb
5
comment Why do we train martial arts?
@JohnP That's fair. In general I think many users aren't even aware that there are perfectly fine subjective questions.
Feb
5
comment Why can't I bring my knees up fast enough to block low kicks in Muay Thai?
@Vass I'm really not qualified to describe the stance any more than pointing out potential problems that I've had. The lifting motion is just 1/10 of the checking motion: bringing the foot up an inch or two like the start of a check.
Feb
5
comment Why do we train martial arts?
@Sardathrion Have you read Good Subjective, Bad Subjective? This question inspires long "why" and "how" answers that share experiences. It's more than just social fun. This is a good subjective question. SE is not supposed to be knee-jerk opposed to this kind of question.
Feb
5
comment Why do we train martial arts?
I think with a few nudges this question would do fine in the Q&A format. Nigel has posed a specific question about the purpose of training. Instead of getting on a high horse about proper questions, EDIT THE QUESTION so it fits the guidelines.
Feb
5
comment Can you be immune to chokeholds?
@cameron Please try to write your questions with proper grammar. You have asked several low-quality questions that needed editing. Try harder.
Jan
23
comment Self-defense against a bigger charging opponent
@JonEricson Sorry for the trouble. Cheers.
Jan
22
comment What is the best way to improve your skills in BJJ (gi and no-gi) and become a black belt in short period?
@BadaBoom Gianni Grippo, newly promoted black belt, says at about 4:00 of this video that during his early days of training as an adolescent, he'd train an hour of gi and an hour of no-gi, 6 days a week. I think if anything he does more now as an elite adult competitor.
Jan
21
comment What is the best way to improve your skills in BJJ (gi and no-gi) and become a black belt in short period?
@BadaBoom I have no sources, it's just what is commonly recognized and stated casually. Yes they roll 5-6 days a week, though perhaps not in every workout. They manage it with a lot of effort, sacrifice, and tradeoffs. Every person's situation is different but it is very difficult to train 10+ times a week if you have a job...but I hear of people that manage it.
Jan
17
comment What are the techniques a white belt should master to become a blue belt in BJJ?
@BadaBoom To me, that means that focusing on good posture, survival in each position, and escapes means that instead of freaking out when put in a bad position the student can think calmly and rationally about what they should be doing instead of spazzing out trying to do "anything, oh god get me out of here what's going on"