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  1. Chris Parker

    Thoughts on the nature and boundaries of martial arts - split from Training Log

    Hey @Tony, This is just a place-holder so I can come back and go through this in detail....
  2. Chris Parker

    Martial arts Japan

    Welcome aboard. Cool. Yeah.... as Tony went into, there's a lot of ground to cover... the very first thing would be to look at exactly what you're looking for, and what you've been training in (under who etc). This. The last part (introductions) is a big part of your whole question. This...
  3. Chris Parker

    Training Log

    It got initially off tangent due to your putting it in the "Japanese Martial Arts" section, despite having no relevance... I'd probably recommend asking the mods to put it in a more appropriate section, and perhaps giving some idea as to why you're in a position to give advice and answer...
  4. Chris Parker

    Plz tell me about To Shin Do Home Study Course

    Number one, this is not an answer to any question in the thread. Number two, this thread is from 2008, and the original poster is long gone. Number three, the question is on the home study course, not where the hombu is, or even what the relationship is to the Bujinkan and other expressions of...
  5. Chris Parker

    Most obscure martial arts?

    Understanding you were probably trying to be facetious, but yes, they have different "demons" in Asia. And the idea of "demon possession" is not a part of it. The point was that the very idea of "demon possession" is a Western, Judea-Christian concept, and is not what is found in Asian...
  6. Chris Parker

    Training Log

    Cool, basically what I was figuring. The lack of kata is an issue (from the perspective of being a Japanese art), but we'll cover that as we go. To be absolutely clear, though, it's not an issue with your system, just a major indication as to the categorisation of it. Ah, there's a big...
  7. Chris Parker

    Most obscure martial arts?

    It can come down to the fields in which one travels, being a koryu guy dominantly, there are any number of schools that are very well known in the area that, if I were to list them, would just be meaningless to many, such as Shindo Muso Ryu, Morishige Ryu, Yagyu Shingan Ryu, Kashima Shinto Ryu...
  8. Chris Parker

    Training Log

    That's okay. As mentioned, it's a modern, Western art, based more in karate with some modern "jujutsu" (realistically some basic judo more than anything else) brought in. To be honest, that means little. For one thing, "bowing" is fairly ubiquitous to most of Asia, and many Western arts...
  9. Chris Parker

    Tapered vs Straight Bo Staff

    The answer is the same as in length. What system are you training in, and what does your instructor say? If you're not training in a system, and don't have an instructor, what does any of it matter? You don't know what you're doing with it anyway, so get what makes you happy. But, if you're...
  10. Chris Parker

    Training Log

    Cool, thanks for that. So it's a modern, Western school, rather than any Japanese form, from what I can see based around a karate system founded by Don Madden in conjunction with a Swedish jujutsu practitioner named Bo Kimly from the late 80's or early 90's.
  11. Chris Parker

    Training Log

    Hi Ryan, Slightly unrelated, but what system of jujutsu do you study? I didn't see anything much about it on the blog, save for a mention of osoto gari being trained at one class.
  12. Chris Parker

    The Way of the Samurai

    Hi Ivan, Don't worry too much about insulting anyone... I don't think you even came close! I love the enthusiasm, but it needs to be tempered a bit with patience and restraint... it's how you last long enough to learn! Hey Tenshin, You're with Doug Tong? Cool! I've seen him post a number of...
  13. Chris Parker

    The Equalizer - What role do weapons serve?

    Put the weapons down. You have a little skill with the rope-dart, and you can do some tricks with nunchaku, but everything else was, simply, terrible. Take the video down, and do not represent yourself as being in a position to teach these weapons.
  14. Chris Parker

    The Way of the Samurai

    Hmm, I think this is the first time I've quoted an entire thread in one post.... Hi Ivan, To be honest, much of what you have written is, at best, partially correct. I might go back and cover the whole blog post after this, but for now, let's deal with the conversation we have here. Suffice...
  15. Chris Parker

    Darth Maul Staff style

    Well, that's an incredibly different post to the one you put up originally.... and really, watch the art-bashing, as you're skirting pretty damn close, if not crossing the line (again). What I will say is that I have little love for the majority of the way the Bujinkan approaches such things...
  16. Chris Parker

    Darth Maul Staff style

    No. What you've found there is a modern interpretation of Joachim Meyer's 1570 treatise on weapon usage, which is where the quarterstaff material is found... except, in a way, it's not staff fighting at all. Instead, in Meyer's work, quarterstaff is used as the framework to build skills, weapon...
  17. Chris Parker

    Darth Maul Staff style

    Dear lord..... I mean based on anything in regards to actual knowledge, experience, training, or anything that would give your words any weight at all. Your description here simply shows that you don't even have the basic understanding of a safe and strong grip, let alone anything else, and...
  18. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    The only point I'd make here is the comment that "folks who have been in wrestling, BJJ and probably MMA have a more intimate viewpoint". No, they don't. They have a more restricted view, if anything. Their viewpoint is so limited that they end up only recognising a small portion of the...
  19. Chris Parker

    "Samurai Fighting Arts" by Fumon Tanaka

    And... have you performed any of the Shinto Ryu exorcism rituals over these tomes.....? If not.... would you? Please? Ha! Oh, yeah, he's the absolute pinnacle of, you know, bizarre titles... not the king of meaningless accolades, though.... I'll tell you about him next time I'm in Perth...
  20. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    How would you know? You have been here for weeks, at best.... have no clue who you're talking to... and have refused to actually read anything. That said, your behaviour is essentially trolling, so I've sent this further, and don't need to respond. If you deign to read the actual posts, and...
  21. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    Sigh.... no, I'm simply suggesting that, if you can't follow the most basic of behaviours for a forum, you are not exactly adding value. Additionally, each comment you have made (video or not) has been countered, but you refuse to even read the responses... and you think I'm acting childishly...
  22. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    No, because that's how discussion forums work. Without it, there's no reason for you to be here. And you're talking to staff at the moment, fyi.
  23. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    Then you're really clueless.... but really, a major point of advice. This is a discussion forum. If you don't want to read the discussion, leave.
  24. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    My first instinct was to call you a child... is that better? You have no idea what you're talking about, and are arguing a strawman with no basis in the actual discussion... but you think I'm talking rubbish.... right....
  25. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    Wow. Dude. One more time. I am not a karate practitioner. Grappling does not equal ground work. The fact that you can't see that is your lack of knowledge on the subject. Karate has grappling (locks, pins, holds, takedowns, throws, sweeps). The fact that you don't know that is your lack of...
  26. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    I've watched the videos. Read the actual argument, and realise you're arguing against something not being said.
  27. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    So.... no, you can't read them... or, at least, be bothered reading. Great. Grappling is more than ground work. Karate has grappling (holds, locks, pins, chokes, escapes, throws, sweeps, takedowns). End of question. The idea of karate having ground work is not a part of it. The idea of "I...
  28. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    Sigh.... have you tried reading what I've actually said? "This is closer to a street fight!" So what? Who said anything about application in a fight at all? Grappling isn't just one thing, dude... and the question is only whether or not karate includes grappling itself. The answer is yes. Deal...
  29. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    Son, I'm not "butt-hurt", nor am I a karate practitioner... and, yes, I do understand ground work. I also understand that ground work is a particular context for one approach to grappling, and is not the entirety of the concept of grappling... something you're missing in my comments (at least...
  30. Chris Parker

    does karate include grappling

    Oh dear.... seriously? You're coming with "have you ever been in a fight?" Really? Look, you're conflating terminology, and mis-applying it, as well as completely missing the question itself, and what grappling actually is. Grappling means "methods of seizing, holding, grabbing, including...
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