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    Troubling Racism and Xenophobia in Sumo Reforms

    This is a difficult subject to rationally discuss the pros and cons, as it is related to cultural chauvinism, an emotionally charged issue. I am of conflicted opinion. The video above is similar to the South Pacific Islander ritual war dance, meant to intimidate the opponent with a show of...
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    Footwork and Movement

    I agree with all your points, though not sure about #3. A good time to sweep, but if a person is on one leg he is likely kicking and few can both defend and sweep at the same time unless the kick is a lazy one, From videos posted by kung fu wang, sweeps seem to be common in CMA. Rear leg...
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    Footwork and Movement

    I mentioned this exact thing to one of my students this afternoon. I was teaching a slide step in, where the front foot takes a small step forward with the back foot sliding up the same distance to maintain stance integrity and delivers body mass to the punch or other technique accompanying the...
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    Looking for Your Post Black Belt Journey Stories

    The physicality was a main aspect of brown and 1st dan. The technical execution was expected to be at a very high degree at 1st dan. Back then (1970) most all the respected instructors from various styles knew each other and reputation was important, so black belts were not given away. I was...
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    Footwork and Movement

    What excellent videos of these fighters! They shared many of the same qualities - raw speed, mastery of movement, and mongoose-like reflexes with an uncanny ability to gauge distance - beyond the abilities of mortal men. More importantly, they knew how to integrate these skills to all work...
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    Have you ever considered quitting your MA(s)?

    I don't understand this talk about quitting. I also don't understand how a thread almost 14 years old got resurrected. If a thread can take a long leave of absence, only to return, I suppose one's training can, too. Like others here, I had a very long hiatus from real training and...
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    Your Enemy Is Training...

    I figure there are 4 types of everyday people (possible prey) walking the street: 1. Those who are oblivious to possible threats and have no skills to handle them. These are happy folks - until they're attacked. 2. Those who are aware of the dangers, but have no training or strength to...
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    Today's workout - Arm is for offense and pain. Waist is for power and speed.

    Staff work is excellent exercise for the waist (and shoulders, too) especially if you use a heavy one to train forms with - makes your regular one lighter and faster. There are so many exercises you can do with a heavy staff to strengthen your torso and arms. Good luck on your way to 100%...
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    Heart Attack?

    I could give dates of birth and death for a number of the individuals referred to, but my post was not meant as an academic work. And thank you for your comments on diet. I would more than suggest that WWII impacted ave. age of deaths in the world, but the topic was a few karate...
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    Sensei YouTube?

    And karate as well. Learning to break the opponent's balance structure is key to making most techniques actually work, whether grappling or striking. When one's moves do not seem to be having the intended effect, kazushi is not being employed. Videos and kata do not teach this well as...
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    Heart Attack?

    Studying karate history, I have noticed that in the late 1800's and mid 1900's, many of the Okinawan masters and their students lived to be 75-90 yrs old. Quite a benchmark, even considering their healthy diet on the island. Then, during the rest of the 1900's, it seems that a number of them...
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    Looking for Your Post Black Belt Journey Stories

    I agree that 1st dan is just the beginning to really knowing the art, pretty much having all the basics down regarding form, speed and power. That test took 2 days, 2.5 hours each day (not counting the all-nighter in between creating and memorizing my own kata - a surprise requirement.) A lot...
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    Aikido has no reason to prove itself!

    Gee, see more pee, "point trying system holding some" is helpful to retain understanding and effectiveness, When I change spelling and grammar structure, meaning and comprehension can go out the window (though may be entertaining. sorry, couldn't help but have some fun with your name. no...
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    Improving my sidekick

    Good to see you're not striving for height at the expense of form now. I agree with the above comments and have a couple additional criticism, though fairly minor. dvcochran may have cryptically touched upon the first: There is a slight arc in some of the kicks that is most noticeable when...
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    A big "Thank You" to Kyoshi Castelli explaining the 11 hands of buddha

    Interesting video (that didn't import into this quote) that shows the sidestep to the outside and the deflection against a punch. That move is in the opening of our Kusanku kata. The next move, he shows coming off a block and extending the arm to strike the face - almost the same move we...
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    While in my Okinawan system all the formal curriculum is traditionally completed by 4th dan (11-14 years, continuous training) that does not mean learning and development stops. There is a visible difference between the way a good 4th dan moves and how a good 7th dan moves (another 12-15...
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    Aikido has no reason to prove itself!

    All these things are true, for BJJ and application to MMA. Not so much for TMA which have not evolved within a televised sport realm and have a 300 year history in the case of karate (which is a blend of other styles even older,) masters refining and passing down fighting techniques which were...
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    Aikido has no reason to prove itself!

    Depends on what "naught" refers to. One must understand that martial arts is a very, very broad topic, like a huge wheel, offering its practitioners a wide variety of benefits, the hub of which is self-defense. But there are many spokes radiating out from this hub in all directions: health...
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    Aikido has no reason to prove itself!

    Your post takes a very reasonable position. Your quoted thought above has more or less been adopted. Tai Chi vs Tai Chi Chuan or similarly (I think) Aikido vs Aikijitsu. One can also refer to Karatedo (the way of karate including the philosophy and spiritual aspects) vs Karatejitsu (jitsu...
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    Thoughts on the nature and boundaries of martial arts - split from Training Log

    I agree with most everything you wrote here, so we are not really at odds. I don't think you are knocking TMA as a whole, but just when fidelity to the way one was traditionally taught leads to loss of efficacy, especially over the span of generations. Yes, and I have commented on this in...
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    Thoughts on the nature and boundaries of martial arts - split from Training Log

    Originally, the techniques WERE designed with effectiveness as the main goal, developed by trained warriors for actual use in survival situations. Granted, some of these situations have changed over the past two or three centuries, so there is some room for modernization, but the principles of...
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    Thoughts on the nature and boundaries of martial arts - split from Training Log

    Is it possible that the "pure" or "historically accurate" versions of a style may actually be more effective than its modern versions? Going back to the musical analogy, many covered versions (redone by another artist) of a classic hit are not as moving (effective) as the original and...
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    Scenario sparring?

    Physical training becomes mental training in TMA. Then it's a good thing you live on a small tropical island ??? Survival rules say fight before getting stuck in a vehicle. If so, I think head butts and biting would be my first tactics. Yes. After working graveyard shift I would take a...
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    Old Martial Arts techniques.

    And yet you train with him. You are one motivated (if not too smart) student! :confused: Ha Ha. Though it does sound like he keeps you on your game. Seriously, I was going to question your low stance as making you vulnerable to head kicks, stomps on your lead knee, strong sweeps...as well...
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    Scenario sparring?

    We did many of the same things back in the day. It was certainly fun to get roughed up in novel ways. We practiced in the alley and up in the hills. Relying on just feet or just one side was effective in teaching how to maximize performance within the given parameters. Can you fight one...
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    Old Martial Arts techniques.

    I think you're a little off here. Sport has not kept MA from becoming obsolete, but it has kept it from dwindling and in the public eye. Pre-sport / non-sport TMA is still relevant if trained properly. Where I train we do not train for sport competition. There is nothing obsolete in what we...
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    Started my sparring training with staff - Is it possible to learn on my own

    My Okinawan style staff (hard wood) use (most of the time) is to hold it in thirds, allowing for quick blocks and strikes with either end, and making thrusts easy. Chinese style seems to favor a more stand off distance, holding the staff with both hands near one end (most of the time,) and...
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    Why is their so much disrespect for Karate? And what can we do to stop it?

    So much back and forth on the efficacy of what this art or that art teaches, TMA vs MMA in a fight, and so on. One thing TMA does usually teach is a code of conduct. Respect, humility, and the way one carries oneself. This is inherent in the training at a good TMA dojo. While I have been...
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    Why has the long boxing guard disappeared?

    Many in TMA (and many non-TMA critics) do not understand this. Like some stances, these positions are transitory - to either facilitate a subsequent attack, or to entice an attack along an expected line, setting up a counter. It should be noted that in kata, some "kamae" are actually...
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