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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
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"
Jan
16
comment Training Body Reading Without Sparring
Why no sparring? That's generally the best way to get good at recognizing tells.
Jan
16
comment What are good solutions for MMA training with half long hair?
@BartBurg The bandana was for non-combat sports in my case. For grappling I just cut my hair or deal with it. I haven't seen a good solution other cornrows, which defeats the purpose of long hair in the first place.
Jan
16
comment What are good solutions for MMA training with half long hair?
In what martial art are hair grabs legal in sport? I don't think that's part of the question.
Jan
16
comment What are good solutions for MMA training with half long hair?
Bandana worked for me.
Jan
16
comment Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use
Very well said.
Jan
15
comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
@bcmoney I see the confusion. Regardless of the billing, it wasn't seriously considered to be "best of the best". Royce wasn't a BJJ champion--that was more Rickson and Royler. Regardless, we've strayed from the point: it's patently absurd to claim that pure striking is a reliable defense against grappling.
Jan
15
comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
@bcmoney When asked about a hypothetical fight against Royce, Mike Tyson replied, "It doesn’t matter. If I hit him with a good punch, OK, but if he gets hold of me and in a position I’m not familiar with, I’m not going to win the fight. I would have to be equipped with grappling skills as well. Gracie changed the whole game around. To be involved in this kind of fight, you have to know that style right off the bat."