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Nov
8
comment What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners
As an aside, you have my extreme gratitude for your many years of service to our country.
Sep
13
comment Is there a sport aspect to Krav Maga?
It's not really due to time. BJJ started in 1914, while KM was first started in 1930's. It's due to philosophy more than anything. Also maybe smart marketing, since people won't see KM fighters get their butts kicked in the ring, they won't lose credibility.
Sep
3
comment Is there a sport aspect to Krav Maga?
It's not my distinction. Its the distinction that Krav Maga's various associations make. Krav Maga has no Art to it. It's all about street mentality w.r.t. self-defense. KM is far from perfect, but I certainly think the distinction is a valid one.
Jul
9
comment Sparring against Offensive Fighters
Hah. Unfortunately not. While we learn quite a bit of elbow strikes, and headbutts, we don't do them in sparring, because the risk of injury is too high.
Jul
8
comment Sparring against Offensive Fighters
Thanks! I'll try to work on sticking and moving, and try the uppercut, hook to circle out.
Jul
8
comment Sparring against Offensive Fighters
Yep, this is specific to "hands only sparring." Kicking is probably the best part of my striking game, but when it's not a allowed, I need to come up with other viable techniques.
Jul
8
comment Sparring against Offensive Fighters
Interesting, I'll look at striking to non-conventional targets. That said, this is with 14oz boxing gloves, so there isn't a lot of bone on bone contact.
May
20
comment Quickly learning the full essentials of Krav Maga
My understanding is the military/police KM has a lot more hostage and counter terrorism training, along with more weapon defenses, along with things like how to fight and properly secure your weapon if an enemy combatant is attempting to take it.
Jan
28
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
For the record, I prefer Krav Maga as a self-defense study. It incorporates many of the practical aspects of BJJ, Muay Thai, (kick) Boxing, as well as kicks to the balls, choke defenses, weapon defenses, and other likely real-world threat scenarios (home invasion, car jacking, fighting in the dark). Stuff that you just don't get with hard-sparring.
Jan
28
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
If you are going to train in self defense, then I agree with you 100% be well rounded. But I disagree with your assertion about college kids. My point: if you only had 1-hr total to teach someone something, a kick to the groin is more effective than anything else you could teach them in that hour. What else could you teach them that would be useful if they faced a thread. Also none of what you've touched on deals with other real scenarios, such as guns, knives, sticks, bats, bottles, cars, multiple attackers. This also relies on you being better than your attackers, which isn't a good plan.
Oct
6
comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
This isn't specific to your question, but have you looked at heavy weight training (anything by Mark Rippetoe)? I've found that proper heavy lifting techniques has gone a long way to help repair my bad knees (250lbs) person.
Oct
6
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
@Bushi: +1. Use it or lose it.
Oct
6
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
You make light of "ball punching" but it's much easier to teach a college freshman girl how to kick an attacker in the groin, then it is to teach the same girl how to grapple. Nothing is wrong with the martial arts you talk about (My personal background is MMA--Muay Thai, Submission Wrestling, and Dutch Cross Fighting [I trained with Mighty Mouse in WA]). But I think there are more effective, easier to learn systems, if you are specifically looking for self defense.
Oct
6
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
I think you make some cogent points about the necessity of hard contact, but wrt self defense, I would optimize for practicality/survivability over technique. What your advocating will make you a better overall fighter, but I believe striving to be a better fighter isn't the most optimal way to learn self defense. The problem with strictly sparring and competing, is the conditioning into a set of rules that don't necessarily apply. The US Military has gotten away from this, and moved towards a methodology of "training how we fight."
Oct
5
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
The point of hard-sparring, really is to know what it's like to get hit hard, and not shutdown. I agree with that. But hard sparring, competition isn't the only way to be put in stress situations.