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bio website simonpeter.org
location Dodgeville, WI
age 47
visits member for 2 years, 9 months
seen Feb 13 '13 at 19:37

Have been doing Judo more on than off for about 31 years now. For various boring reasons, mostly involving either geography or two jobs, I have never made it to Black belt. On the other hand I have fought my way from white belt to top brown three times. Have also done enough Fencing, Karate and Kung Fu to suspect that I know something about them.

Working hard to become a full-time pastor, so I try to keep out of fights these days. Still, it's kind of nice to be your own usher when dealing with someone difficult. :-)


Feb
12
comment Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?
True. I don't think that I was saying it couldn't be. More indicating that it's manner of expression was different.
Feb
6
comment What's the most effective way to discipline students (particularly juniors)?
Yes, yes, yes. The more active you keep youngsters, the more fun they have and the less they play up because they're bored. I used to help teach an under-11's class and also an 11-16 class, so I've also learned this from experience.
Feb
6
comment What are the classical/canonical books for Aikido (all styles)
I can't contribute an answer, but I like the question. :-)
Feb
4
comment Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction
The Duke says that bravery is being afraid and saddling up anyway. I'm sticking with a flinch being an automatic reaction to physical stimulus. These reactions can, with dedicated effort, be trained out or trained in, so that tends to discount the fear stimulus.
Feb
3
comment Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction
I just have to say that flinches are an automatic behaviour of the body's nervous system. They are absolutely not based on fear.
Feb
3
comment Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction
That's what I came here to say. Well played.
Feb
3
comment What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?
@Rob Z - And that's why the good Lord gave us mothers. :-)
Feb
3
comment What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?
@Rob Z - That's true. If the school requires a certain patch in a certain location, then they would be the best ones to advise on the appropriate manner of attaching it.
Feb
3
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
@user249228 The answer isn't unhelpful, it's truthful. The question specifically asked about choking to unconsciousness. Asphyxia is no laughing matter and there is no way to know what someone's physical tolerance for such things would be. Now, under normal circumstances or training regimes, it's a non-issue because everyone (except the young and foolish like I was) taps out before the choke reaches a dangerous point. The question specifically asked about choking to the point of unconsciousness and that is outside of the normal realms that most of us deal with.
Feb
2
comment Dropping weight before a MMA fight
@Ginamin Interesting. I am aware of MMA, but have not looked into it closely enough to know the rules and procedures. The few Judo contests that I have entered have been very relaxed about weights, with weigh-ins being the morning of the fight and they stretched the weight categories here and there to even up the number of folks in each. MMA is on its way to being big business, so I can see that that wouldn't work there.
Feb
1
comment Dropping weight before a MMA fight
Do you select a weight and then weigh in to prove that you're within the boundaries? Otherwise, I'd just turn up and fight at whatever weight I was. Of course, there's more of me to love these days, so I'd likely be placed in the open weight no matter how much "cutting" I did, so that's easy for me to say. :-)
Feb
1
comment Dropping weight before a MMA fight
So pre-register 5 lbs higher. If you can't handle an opponent 5 lbs bigger than you, perhaps full-contact martial arts contests aren't for you.
Feb
1
comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
Nice perspective. I like that way of explaining it.
Jan
31
comment What's the best way to sew badges onto a uniform so they don't come off?
That article seemed a little light-weight. My mother would call those kind of stitches "homeward bounders", because they would likely only be good until you got home.