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  1. Koshiki

    Avoiding training to fight your own style

    Yup! Sorry for any confusion. Given this definition, I'm definitely referring to a system, rather than a personal style. Haha, point taken. I guess to further clarify, I assumed that having experience with people outside one closed school was a given, so I was looking for more in depth...
  2. Koshiki

    Avoiding training to fight your own style

    That actually sounds like a lot of fun, even outside of the practical benefits... One thing I remember you saying in an older thread, was that you will give two students differing goals in a match, one to keep distance, one to use take-downs, etc. I've also seen this taken to the level of the...
  3. Koshiki

    Avoiding training to fight your own style

    Well, I currently live in Puerto Rico, 4 million people on one small island, so small-town syndrome is not really an issue. When I was in Maine, there were actually quite a few different schools from a variety of Karate, TKD, BJJ, Kung Fu styles, JKD, Kali, Tai chi, and some others, all of which...
  4. Koshiki

    Avoiding training to fight your own style

    This is a good example, but I think with many arts it's not as simple. BJJ's paradigm, especially gi, that leads to the super impressive, super technical modern sport stuff, comes from the obvious omission striking and much of a standing game, sometimes to a more or less lack of training of even...
  5. Koshiki

    What I believe MMA is best for

    Right, I get that you can. My understanding though, (again, speaking locally) is that the majority of MMA gyms still teach a grappling art and a striking art separately, rather than just teaching MMA as it's own martial art with no other background. I could be pretty wrong on that count. I note...
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    What I believe MMA is best for

    I may be naive here, but is it really standard for people to train in "MMA" as a style rather than a sport now? I know some places do teach straight up MMA as a style, but the only gyms I have seen personally teach a variety of martial arts, basically BJJ and a stand-up striking art or two. One...
  7. Koshiki

    Avoiding training to fight your own style

    Definitely the best. BUT, it's hard to run all your training as an open mat. I think it's fair to say, at least from gyms in areas I've lived, that the majority of training even at places with open mats, takes place within the context of a specific style/sport. So, while open mats are great...
  8. Koshiki

    Avoiding training to fight your own style

    One thing I think we all see all the time across nearly all styles of martial art, is the tendency to learn to fight practitioners of your own style, rather than the general population of the greater world. Shotokan stylists learn to deal with huge, lunging punches. Taekwondoders may spend an...
  9. Koshiki

    Combative system vs Martial arts

    Yeah, also you never know when the guy might have his tongue on the roof of his mouth, or be alternately flexing his big toes...
  10. Koshiki

    taekwondo vs karate

    A fair amount of what's known today as Taekwondo could perhaps more accurately be termed Tang Soo Do, Korean Karate, or even just straight up Karate. But, for a variety of legal, political, and post-occupation nationalistic reasons in Korea, many schools began calling whatever they were teaching...
  11. Koshiki

    Combative system vs Martial arts

    I don't know if the OP's still around and reading, but to get back a bit to their original enquiry: I'd be careful looking into systems heavy in pressure points and disarms. They're cool, exciting, and very impressive to watch, and certainly subjects which should be studied. But, while there's...
  12. Koshiki

    Why Traditional Karate Is Not Effective for Self-Defense

    TKD guy reporting in. I don't even know the basic rule-sets of any of the TKD sport-game things, Olympic style, point-sparring, what have you. If I entered a tournament for TKD sparring, I would, I'm sure, be out in the first seconds of the first round. What I train in may be nominally TKD, but...
  13. Koshiki

    taekwondo vs karate

    Straying from crack back to the original post... As someone from a "TKD" lineage, let me just say that we do Japanese kata with very few kicks (maybe 5%, probably less), use mainly Japanese terminology, and practically focus largely on close range striking and grappling with lots of takedowns...
  14. Koshiki

    Counter's Don't Work

    My impression of the "counters don't work" idea, is that the thought is not that you cannot defend yourself against a given attack, but that the methodology taught many places of, "when attack x occurs, do defense y" is a faulty concept. In a grappling situation, attacks take much longer and...
  15. Koshiki

    Tricking

    Oh, I didn't mean I consider it a martial art. I meant I doubt that trickers think it's a martial art. If tricking is supposed to be a workable martial art, then yeah, it looks a bit like the aforementioned horse puckey. But, if it's meant to be performance art, then I think it succeeds quite well.
  16. Koshiki

    Tricking

    Weeeell, I would maybe guess that for BJJ at least the emphasis isn't usually on looking cool, but rather on effective (or technically impressive, or innovative, or whatever) BJJ. Same potentially goes for TKD, Aikido, depending on the school and practitioner. My general experience is that...
  17. Koshiki

    Tricking

    My general impression is that the average "tricker"/XMA-er isn't expecting to be ready for combat sports or the more unfortunate case of real-life bitey-scratchy, but rather that they intend to look really, really impressive and cool. I'd argue that they succeed in that respect, so it might be...
  18. Koshiki

    Team mma

    One school near where I used to live did a gentler version of that, which they called their "Boston Brawl." Certainly an eye-opener if you're used to focusing intently on one opponent!
  19. Koshiki

    This forum I read in the link provided made my head hurt.

    For those who didn't read the other thread, I've collected a few of my favorites, in the hopes that we can share in the knowledge of others, and thus increase our own potential... "Excessive, high-pitched noise can disorient aggressors. Infrasound devices are tools of mob control for many law...
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    This forum I read in the link provided made my head hurt.

    Well, I can agree that I would rather elbow someone in the head than punch them. A lot of that has to do with range, in my preferred range (quite close), straight punches to the head become tricky, but some of it is big-bone, little-bone thinking. Where I do think the overall gist of the first...
  21. Koshiki

    In The Quieter Moments, A Foot Placement

    I'm far too tired to add anything meaningful, but I wanted to note publicly that I like what you've all written thus far. Sometimes (most times) it's the shorter, less popular threads that contain the good stuff.
  22. Koshiki

    Indian girl uses Karate to defend herself. Is Karate an effective martial art for self defense?

    Honestly, I come from a Korean Karate background, and I'm somewhat familiar with the repertoire of many of the karate and karate-based schools in the area. All of them have grappling. None of them have comprehensive grappling, unless you count schools that also teach a separate grappling art as...
  23. Koshiki

    Boxer vs kickboxer

    On top of that, it depends where. All else being equal: -Under boxing rules, the boxer will almost certainly win, because they train for that. -Under kickboxing rules, the kickboxer will almost certainly win, they train for that. -Under the rules of another sport, who knows? Both of them are...
  24. Koshiki

    Armbar ends in Stabbing

    Yeah, I'm not a ground fighter, but whenever I've been arm barred, I've never been able to punch (stab) my partner in the gut... Plus, the shirtless guy looks like he actually manages to bend his arm. If someone's over-extended arm is stronger than the straightening force of your entire body, I...
  25. Koshiki

    If you could master any two MA what would it be?

    Yeah, I think instant mastery would be pretty fun for a month or so, but really, it's not the being good that I love about the martial arts, it's the getting good. Anyway, to actually answer the question, and assuming my own art is out of the question... (Because, I mean, obviously the one I'm...
  26. Koshiki

    The Taxi Driver "Knew Martial Arts"

    As I understand it, he got out to demand his money, and was greeted with a small bat, which sounds like it was previously concealed. In the first bit of the encounter, I'd classify the driver's action as defense of property at the expense of defense of self. So, not self-defense, and a poor...
  27. Koshiki

    Valid Techniques

    In one sense I see what you're saying. For applications involving pulling or guiding the opponents bodyweight, the second clip looks, at first glance, more true to application, while the first might look more stylized. That said, I'm no Tai Chi practitioner, so I'm likely missing a LOT...
  28. Koshiki

    Valid Techniques

    Don't worry, there's a thoroughly rewarding substitute: Exactly. The movement can be as valid or invalid as you like, depending on your preferred application. So in the sense of techniques as the solo-person movement, removed from application, es casi imposible to call a technique valid or...
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