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Apr
17
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
True, I am a big fan of Aikido. Love it; for its art, not its combat efficiency. Trained Aikido from Oct/95 until Apr/2002, when I left my country. Randori in Aikikai's Aikido can best be described as multi-person Jiyu-Waza. With 7 years experience in Aikido I can tell you with good confidence that what is taught in Aikido alone will not suffice in this situation. In order to really make an escape route you would need to stunt one or two, and simply shifting their weight around does not do the trick, though it is indeed useful for after you launched your actual attack.
Apr
17
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
I did. I left my country some time ago <^_^>. Regarding the law aspect, there is a good book, Geoff Thompson - Dead or Alive: The Choice is Yours. He addresses the preemptive defense. Often in the eyes of the law (for this kind of situation), you get done not so much by what you do, but by what you say. If you can present irrefutable argument that you preemptively acted first because you were really scared for you life you will get away with it (in UK at least where I am now). Intending to get yourself cornered is a ludicrous idea that could not be argued against you.
Apr
17
asked Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Apr
12
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
@DaveLiepmann, because it does cause a shock reaction, which if you do not manage to at least tear a chunk of flesh out, you will at least have some temporary gap to escape while the person instinctively pulls away from the bite. If the person on the bottom also happens do know BJJ, biting is another weapon besides the conventional side escapes. Receiving strikes is OK, but you are right, if I am being choked, then perhaps it might be too late. Nonetheless the value in it is the surprise element, the extra weapon and the temporary space created.
Apr
11
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
Plus, I believe Rafal does not make explicit which type of self-defense we are talking about. Defending yourself against an old, drunk homeless is different than from a 'predator' like, who might be specifically targeting you. In this case, traditional MA is not as useful as it should, only if they 'modernize' themselves as it is the case with the training you mentioned, @Dave Liepmann. Very debatable, as we depend on defining the different instances that 'self-defense' might appear under properly. Perhaps another question?
Apr
11
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
Point taken. @Rafal Burchard: would you be kind enough to expand on #6, please? I have to agree to certain extend to the 'sporty' thing. BJJ for example is very efficient on a one-to-one only for example if you don't consider biting, eye poking. If someone takes me in side-control on a street for example, I would probably end-up with half of his throat in my teeth.
Apr
10
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
I would be very interested to hear the comments of those who downvoted... A radical opinion, no doubt, however the arguments seemed all pretty valid to me, though I hate having to admit it. His arguments might indeed hurt many people's feelings, but it does not seem like he is saying that MA is completely ueless; rather addressing the issue of whether MA is useful on (targeted?)self-defence. The answer is no. The following are my own words: Still MA is the closest most people have to approach this issue under a learning perspective. With this plus all other side benefits MA are still useful.
Apr
9
comment Training front kick
@slugster. I think you covered it all except for one small but important aspect. Whilst, as you correctly pointed, it doesn't really matter if the kicking leg is straight or not, the supporting leg that stays on the ground however should have a slight bend in order to provide better balance, make you less vulnerable to landing on your butt should you miss or over-commit your kick, less vulnerable to being taken down by having a too high stance and lessen the chances of having your knee broken by a low side-kick to the knee.
Apr
5
comment Impact of being smaller(shorter arms) and how to overcome this
Spot on. Footwork is everything in this case scenario (and in many others), while keeping hands up protecting the face. +1.
Mar
23
awarded  Scholar
Mar
23
accepted Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi
Mar
22
comment Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi
@rjstreet Point taken. Thanks for that.
Mar
22
comment Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi
Excellent answer. +1. Amazing video. I had heard about, but never saw it to be honest. I also noticed that by using the balls of the foot, your distance has to be shortened a bit too. It is interesting to see that the kick he hits the guy (at 3:05) comes from the front just like the tae-kwon-do style (knee up to the front, then the hip rotation to whip the foot to the face). Thanks for that, Dave.
Mar
22
awarded  Student
Mar
22
asked Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi
Mar
16
answered Are there any benefits to Sitting Seiza?
Mar
14
comment Training while exhausted
Could not agree more. +1.
Mar
14
comment What can i practice to remove tension from my movements
Excellent summary. +1
Mar
14
answered What can i practice to remove tension from my movements
Mar
5
comment Tips for faster recovery after training
This is a very good point. I wonder myself. Have you tried to take a day off after a very hard training and sleep well the night before just to see if lack of sleep alone is the factor causing the next day tiredness?