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May
21
comment How easy or hard is it for a combat sport champion to defeat a much stronger man?
@DaveLiepmann So you are lucky to have instructors that have this level of awareness: I, on another hand, have only met a handful of enlightened ones throughout my MA study.
May
20
comment Martial art for a complete newbie - can i learn on my own?
@munish my pleasure; any time.
May
20
comment How easy or hard is it for a combat sport champion to defeat a much stronger man?
Dave you are now generalizing while missing the full context. 1) Mastering one's own death was the essence of budo. 2) you are probably living somewhere nice and I would guess North America. While not the safest place in the world, it is pretty different from the 3rd world country I come from, so MA has a slightly different context from your usual environment. 3) While joining the military would get you the extra skills, this would be in the interested of their officials, not the individuals. MA and self_defense are two completely separate things, though they do cross over.
May
20
comment How easy or hard is it for a combat sport champion to defeat a much stronger man?
I agree with everything you said. But a question for you: if there was no other way, would you kill in order to protect yourself or your beloved ones? While I agree that MA should not prepare an individual for murder, if your answer is 'yes', then you (not necessarily the MA itself) should prepare yourself for that. This is why I argue that the psychology (i.e., how one projects their frame of mind) is more important than knowing how to throw a punch, because if your aggressor is really committed, he will have this psychological preparation and you will become a victim.
May
20
comment Is “choondu marmam” in Kalari Payattu real?
Define 'spiritual power'.
May
20
comment How easy or hard is it for a combat sport champion to defeat a much stronger man?
It is important to note that there are elements present on the streets that you will not find on those competitions: bottles being thrown, improvised weapons, concrete, which makes the landing much more violent, friends of your aggressor, 'illegal' moves (face shredding, eye poking, fish-hooks), knives and guns, police, security staff, dogs, broken glass on the ground, etc, etc, etc. Again, the majority of the traditional MAs will not cover this aspect. Moreover, they will not prepare the individual psychologically to face these sort of life and death situation.
May
20
comment Martial art for a complete newbie - can i learn on my own?
@munish - Hi, I think the first important question is: "What do I want to train MA for?". Fitness? Street Defense? Sport? Show off? Be honest with yourself (and with us) and we can perhaps guide you the best of our intentions. Depending on what you want, you don't necessarily need to go to the a MA club at first. There are lots of exercises you can safely practice by yourself.
May
7
comment What are the possible signs some has lost consciousness when being choked?
@AyaProgram. I agree 100% with what you just said. Which is why I upvoted the question. However, by the way Keith Nicholas has described the situation I got the feeling that the person was passing out already while refusing to tap out. The person being choked should know when they are about to pass out and tap out before that. But I repeat: what you said is absolutely reasonable. I should thank you for clarifying that.
May
6
comment What are the possible signs some has lost consciousness when being choked?
@KeithNicholas. Indeed. +1 for the question: very good one. -1 for the partner who refuses to tap out on a training beyond the point of no return: I would bet he is a beginner; there is no reason not to tap out. Resisting when the choke is locked is a silly display of ego. He should be made aware of that.
May
1
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
@stslavik. Flawless. Thanks so much. +1
Apr
30
comment Which disciplines involve smacking away opponents' strikes?
@DaveLiepmann. I agree.
Apr
26
comment Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?
Very interesting indeed; in fact it makes sense. I wonder why bother changing sides (from left side over to right side over) at the time of death: why not just leave it as it is (left side over)?
Apr
19
comment How effective are foul techniques as a side control escape?
@DaveLiepmann. I'm sorry, I didn't realise you had changed the title. I will edit my answer.
Apr
19
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Thanks @RafalBurchard. I believe it would be beneficial doing this kind of mental rehearsing. Cheers for that.
Apr
19
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
+1 too. Very close to what we are looking for. I think this systematic approach is ideal for analyzing the situation around. It is by rehearsing it (even if mentally only) that we start getting used to the idea of are thus better prepared to face this situation with a bit more awareness. Spot on. Thanks for that @AdamJones.
Apr
19
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
+1 for the "hit fast, hit hard, accept you'll be hit". Though I disagree that boxing as it is taught at the gyms would ideal. I think it would have to be a different school with this sort of situation as their focus, with special attention at the psychology of accepting 'you'll be hit', while giving good instruction on what happens inside of us at a physiological level. By that I mean, getting people to understand the difference between Fear and Adrenaline and how we feel them in our bodies and how to use this to our advantage (being more resistant to pain, etc.) Thank you.
Apr
19
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Still, +1 for the 'your goal is NOT to grapple'. I agree 100% even though I am a BJJ student.
Apr
19
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
I can't find a single hole in your arguments above. So I am 'forced' to agree with all your points, especially the "strike the one presenting the biggest threat that you feel are capable of downing/incapacitating in one strike" part, which is why I am choosing your answer as the preferred one. Thank you. I guess the whole is about, as usual, psychological preparation and conscious decision on whether to fight or comply.
Apr
17
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Thank you @Steve V. But this does not really address the question. The point I am trying to learn is which of those agreessors would you attack first, and why; not so much on how to attack them.
Apr
17
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Definitely agree with the last setence. +1