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    Craziest thing to date - MA training

    Lets see. Assuming a continued strictly linear progression, that would bring me to 284 pounds. At 64, I could get away with that as long as it was all muscle. So Im just going to have to pump a lot of iron as I get up into my 80s and 90s.
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    Just Made Brown High In Goju Ryu

    Congratulations!
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    Craziest thing to date - MA training

    I blame my wife for fattening me up. I was skinny all my life until getting married at age 40. Since then, I've gained an average of 2 pounds per year. How dare she feed me delicious food on a regular basis!
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    I am physically unable to relax my upper body during kata. Should I give up Karate altogether?

    There are forms of strength training which help reinforce proper movement patterns for martial arts. For example, the Turkish getup is excellent for BJJ practitioners because it not only builds strength but it also helps develop proper body alignment and coordination for certain fundamental...
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    Stay in your lane! Or....explore and have fun...

    I don't know if I've encountered so much of a "stay in your lane" attitude. More of a "be honest about your qualifications, how well you know your subject, and how well you've tested what you're teaching" attitude. For example, if a karate teacher takes the time to learn a few ground fighting...
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    JacksonWink Black Belts?

    I think the belt rank system is something that Greg Jackson came up with as a way of providing feedback/accreditation to students of his system who aren't competitive fighters. As far as I know his pro fighters don't need such a thing because their fight record is their rank. I have no idea...
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    The black belt promotion system YES or NO?

    There are already a number of FMA and Muay Thai organizations, at least in the U.S. which have some version of a rank system. Usually I've seen those ranks take the form of specific titles or something simple like "level 1", "level 2", etc rather than the Japanese inspired colored belt system...
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    The black belt promotion system YES or NO?

    This happens in BJJ as well, although there are some countervailing forces to help limit the degree to which it happens.
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    The black belt promotion system YES or NO?

    I train in systems which have belt ranks and systems which do not. I see advantages and disadvantages both ways. It probably wouldn't change my enjoyment of the training significantly if the systems with belt ranks dropped that aspect or if the non-belt rank systems added it. I just accept the...
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    Normalcy Bias and Salman Rushdie

    I should add that our internal scripts don't just affect our actions, they also affect our perceptions of the situation. Based on my personal life experiences, I know that if I had been in the audience when Rushdie was attacked that I would have attempted to help as soon as I realized what was...
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    Normalcy Bias and Salman Rushdie

    I tend to frame the issue in a lightly different way. I think of it in terms of "scripts". In most human interaction, the people involved are not looking at all the available information, applying their relevant personal values, then formulating an appropriate course of action from scratch on...
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    Craziest thing to date - MA training

    I switched to wearing a silicon wedding band after reading enough accounts of degloving. (And also my hand has swollen enough since I got married that it's just too much of a pain in the butt to put on and take off my original wedding ring.)
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    Craziest thing to date - MA training

    I've had to tell new students to take out their earrings/nose studs/whatever before starting class. I think they know better, but they're so used to the piercings being there that they don't even think about them before stepping onto the mat.
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    Thoughts on TKD and BJJ after 10+ years of TKD and 10 days of BJJ

    I trained for a couple of years, got my first cord, had a lot of fun. But as my wrists got worse, I drifted away from regular training, and my teacher moved the class to a new facility, and the pandemic hit. Then I started HEMA, and that filled up most of the time that I wasnt training Jiu-jitsu.
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    Thoughts on TKD and BJJ after 10+ years of TKD and 10 days of BJJ

    Not for a while. My wrists have gotten arthritic enough so that I can't bend them back and put any significant weight on my hands. So that removes a lot of the capoeira repertoire for me. My instructor would work with me to let me do just the techniques I can handle, but I have my schedule full...
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