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    What basic fighting skills to teach

    Hi and welcome to MT. What's your training background?
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    Wrote a book on power development based on Fascia

    I remembered this article, which brings interesting points to the discussion: Is Fascia training a fad?
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    Wrote a book on power development based on Fascia

    Hello, fellow Belgian, and welcome to MT! Will check out the book, looks interesting. It seems like you've done an in-depth breakdown of the Naihanchi kata, is the book written specifically for karate people or did you also have other martial backgrounds in mind when writing it? Also, have...
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    Tony Dismukes, You were onto something: Car Jitsu

    Wait a few years and watch those guys claim that their techniques are too deadly for the octogon and that, statistically, 90% of fights end up in Twingos.
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    Do new people actually exist in BJJ?

    That's more due to the echo chamber effect; UFC fanboyism; and the fact that a lot of folks on those subs don't actually train anything.
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    Slap Competitions

    Even good smart kids make dumb mistakes. That's the point of restricting access to dangerous stuff.
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    It's Gotta be the Hips

    For the love of all things fashionable, please do coordinate it with the color of your shoes. You've already received a lot of good advice. Something that's helped me tremendously with moving from the hip is sword work. You hold the sword in front of you, relax the shoulders and swing it from...
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    Slap Competitions

    The kink stuff is a bad comparison. Those people may do weird stuff but they have safety measures in place so that it's generally harmless. Also, it stays in the realm of one's intimacy. The slap competition is more problematic for a lot of reasons. Firstly, the game is designed to maximise...
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    Proper etiquette when you accidentally pick up your opponent

    That is weakness. No holding back in pun fu.
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    Proper etiquette when you accidentally pick up your opponent

    Funnily enough, "I could slam you", while technically accurate, is not a good pickup line.
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    Picking up your feet in a fight.....

    I think there was a guy here who was a former neighbour of Axl Rose. So technically he can say he's lived by the Guns. It probably was Buka.
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    Practical real-world shotokan self-defense

    The traditional karate response is to scream very loud.
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    Is it possible for a relatively new practitioner of MMA and Jiu Jitsu to beat a black belt in both Karate and Taekwondo?

    What's the point in trying to predict the outcome? Train your best and show up. Best case scenario: you win and are proud of your efforts. Best case scenario, bis: you lose and learn. Or is this a fight to see who gets to marry the princess? If so, a lot can happen in a couple of years.
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    Is it possible for a relatively new practitioner of MMA and Jiu Jitsu to beat a black belt in both Karate and Taekwondo?

    Well, if the instructor claims he's gonna make you a fighter but doesn't prepare you athletically, it's on him, not you. Being better than most untrained people at what you do is the point of training, isn't it? The schools you mention should question their athletic conditioning.
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    A police takedown.

    Badly as in "uh oh, the sweep didn't work and now I'm the one on one foot"?
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    A police takedown.

    Yeah, although I like having that option (and as part of my art I have to train it properly), I can't disagree with you. Ironically, the standing armlock from your original video was perhaps the first martial arts technique I've ever learnt and, although I have better tools now, it was the...
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    Anti-takedown techniques using internal energy

    Yes, although in application you can easily revert to that. But you meed more strength. Yes, fascia training and intent training are crucial in some lines of daito ryu aikijujutsu and aikido, and personally I think that it's the most interesting part of martial arts training. And I don't know...
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    A police takedown.

    Cool takedown, wrestling is effective, as often. Maybe arm locks can be useful if for some reason you can't afford to let go of the guy's arm (e.g. weapons?). And here perhaps I can help. I see three fundamental problems with the guy's arm lock in the video. First, he's too much in front of...
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    Anti-takedown techniques using internal energy

    That's a great demo, your master was skilled! I've seen high-level daito ryu and taiji people pull off similar demos. The end is fun to watch as you can see the guy in beige/yellow switch from pushing to pulling to twisting and none of those things affect the teacher. Yes, intent is also a big...
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    Anti-takedown techniques using internal energy

    I like what I see in the video, even though the really interesting stuff has to be felt. You mentioned "6 directions" in the xingyi video, is it a concept in your art as well? Assuming that we're talking about the same thing, I appreciate that it is incredibly difficult to maintain 6D in...
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    Internal in external fighting systems

    I think either I'm missing something or we are discussing different things entirely. Could you (and others with similar views) please elaborate on this? What is the difference between the two and how, in your opinion, do they eventually rejoin?
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    Is Chael Sonnen really a gangster?

    Indeed. And I defer to those more knowledgeable about Japanese politics, but I have my own well-reasoned suspicions about the true official title of Shogun Rua.
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    Is Chael Sonnen really a gangster?

    I have no proof but I strongly believe that Anderson Silva is not really a spider.
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    BJJ - The gentle art

    Dogpiling the new guy, as always. Hang in there, @drop bear
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    Internal in external fighting systems

    Trying to pull off a Kenji Yamaki, huh? :D Matsuoka and Yamaki: The Power of Cross-Training Aikido Journal Although we have different backgrounds, my hunch is similar to yours. Aikido was originally an internal art (the daito ryu curriculum is actually divided into jujutsu, internals and...
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    A New Journey

    Look up the blog and Facebook page of "Aikido Sangenkai". Although he's too humble to put it that way, Chris Li is one of the best sources for aikido history. The history of aikido isn't well-known even by the art's own practitioners, so confronting your instructor on this may challenge his...
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    A New Journey

    I dunno whether a hippie would be involved in far-right terrorist attacks, protect and provide shelter to criminals who perpetrated the worst kind of atrocities or teach at fascist ideological centers, among other "achievements". I do suspect that Morihei Ueshiba would have hated being...
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    A New Journey

    In Iwama aikido you learn the jo from day one. In other lineages it may vary but my first Aikikai dojo did weapons once a month. FWIW aikidoka often do things differently than what would make sense in a combative engagement. Sometimes on purpose, sometimes due to ignorance. For example, the...
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