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  1. J

    Can this be real?

    I don't know. Never tried it that way. The zombie thing may indeed be brainwashing. My experience was not. I know this because the subjects had their eyes closed and would have had no idea what was supposed to happen, how they were supposed to react, or if they were supposed to react at all. And...
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    Can this be real?

    That is true, but that's not at all an example of what I was talking about. The question is can an "attacker" make a move at a person who has their eyes closed and without touching them, make the person move in a direction that the person doesn't even know the move is coming from? One would not...
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    Can this be real?

    That is a good description of my experience of it. I can't do it, but I have had it done to me and I know it was not a con. I was not going to go along with it if I could resist. And I didn't always know what reaction was expected. It just happened.
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    Doxing yourself

    If you are really concerned about privacy, you dont want to be on forums like this one. Im on a prepper forum where some guy was talking about how OPSEC he was online, trying to sound all tacticool. Just based on his previous posts on that site, I figured out his name, where he worked and...
  5. J

    MA vs MA

    That is, if he doesnt get his nose broken studying Muay Thai! LOL
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    MA vs MA

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    MA vs MA

    A good BJJ guy is not gonna let you just stand up and your attempt to stand up can create opportunities for him. You will need some good anti-grappling techniques and like anything, they are not foolproof.
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    MA vs MA

    More like "Drunken Fist" kung fu!
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    MA vs MA

    @Monkey Turned Wolf, @Steve, the researcher gave the context that some months ago, he published a precursor to the the study in question that covered only 150 fights. Some people felt that was not enough, so he went at adding fights, but as a data analyst he realized the addition fights were not...
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    MA vs MA

    I think those kinds of comparisons are interesting and entertaining, but they don't prove a lot. What works is what you can make work in a real fight, whether you learned in a martial arts school, in the military or in prison. Competitions all have rules and the matches are promoted. People can...
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    Why does some old martial arts movies have odd fight scenes?

    According to his bio, apparently he wasn't originally. He learned his "martial arts" and acrobatics at a Chinese opera school that was also attended by actor Sammo Hung. So his martial arts were probably stage martial arts. However, after moving to LA, he apparently earned a legitimate black...
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    Why does some old martial arts movies have odd fight scenes?

    The purpose of martial arts scenes in movies, just like swashbuckling movie swordfights, is to be exciting, not accurate. Also, each part of a movie fight has to be choreographed so the scene can be "blocked" for camera angles, sound, prop setups, etc. It's only been recently that some movies...
  13. J

    Can this be real?

    I don't think it's an easy thing to test at all, because most of the people who claim they can to it are charlatans. There are two seperate issues here: 1) Is it possible? and 2) Are people who do demos of it actually doing anything? I think #2 is very easy to test. #1 is very difficult, just...
  14. J

    Can this be real?

    What you say is true, at the moment. But acupuncture was first documented in 200 BC and archeologists believe it may have been practiced as far back as 2000 BC. But it has only been recognized by government departments of health and scientific researchers relatively recently. Are you trying to...
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    Can this be real?

    FWIW, I think the video is BS. I think some are some f these are staged and sometimes the reactions are subliminally learned by the student the move is directed at. But I have experienced that sort of thing from a very good Tai Chi instructor I trained with. He was someone who is no stranger to...
  16. J

    If we took away the philosophical or spiritual roots of a combat art... Wouldn't it actually end up being BETTER?

    I have not read this whole thread, but I found the OP's question thought provoking. I've thought about it for a couple of days (not constantly, of course, I do have a life!) and I thought I would give my take. First, I would be amazed if the OP actually found a school that teaches real...
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    Switching up my edc

    I think this kind of thing is common in "equipment intensive" activities. Look at what people spend on golf clubs! Probably more than they spend on instruction from a pro. For a lot of people, not all, guns and related gear is only partially practical. A large part of it is really a hobby...
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    Switching up my edc

    That is my big concern about mini-shells: reliability. I would rather have 7 shells that feed and fire reliably than a gun with 41 shells in it that has jammed. I've even had reliability issues with full-size low brass shells in a high-quality pump. I've read articles from "experts" saying...
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    Switching up my edc

    I would say yes and no to that. I agree that the mental aspects and the accuracy are of paramount importance. But if you what you have the closet is a single shot .22, and there are two attackers, it may not be enough. And if you keep your home defense gun in a closet, it is neither readily...
  20. J

    Collecting Training by the Famous

    Things have really changed re: this topic since I started training 50 years ago. Back in the day, for an instructor to get famous, they had to be good. Where I came from, a major midwest US city, you had Okinawan Karate', Tae Kwon Do and Judo to choose from, with a little Japanese Jiu-Jitsu...
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    Switching up my edc

    I was just providing a resource I knew about. I didn't realize this was some sort of contest. If you want to play that game, I got a very high-quality, handmade hickory fighting cane for free at a free cane self-defense seminar for veterans. We also got free barbecue for lunch from Mission...
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    Switching up my edc

    Try Canemasters.com. They make a bunch of models and you can select the woods and diameter. It seems all their standard 1 1/8" ones are octagonal. They also have a "design your own" option. You can have them make one any way you want. They are not cheap, though.
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    Switching up my edc

    A person can always carry a cane on an airliner and on the street in any state in the US. A crook cane made of hickory or the like can be fast and devastating as a weapon. A person can learn a decent set of basic moves pretty quickly.
  24. J

    OODA Loop Drill...

    I'm a former Navy tactical aviator and while the OODA concept is interesting, I would not try to stretch it as many have to cover street self defense. Remember it was developed by a fighter pilot who never saw combat and only meant it for air-to-air combat. It's been endorsed by people like...
  25. J

    Do new people actually exist in BJJ?

    I think there is a certain personality who finds BJJ fun and addictive and others who do not. Where I studied BJJ, they also taught Muay Thai and it was very intense. Almost every one on both sides tried a few classes on the other side at some point, but there weren't too many people who really...
  26. J

    Martial arts training for an old martial artist with two replaced knees

    Of course, anyone can reply to a thread, but I am hoping to get some advice from someone older, who has experience with total knee replacement, either personally, or with someone they are close to, or who have some medical expertise in this area. I am 70. I had my left knee replaced seven years...
  27. J

    Guy who wants to be John Wick

    My wife doesn't like violent movies. But if a character in a movie harms a dog, she wants that character to die a horrible death!
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    Do new people actually exist in BJJ?

    I have a 3rd Degree black belt in Japanese Shi-to-Ryu Karate' and I have studied several other arts. I quit BJJ after a year because I had to have a knee replacement and I will probably go back to it, but I am not so hard on people who quit out of frustration. I didn't mind being submitted and I...
  29. J

    Mat burns and diabetes

    I have peripheral neuropathy and I wore something like that for both BJJ and Muay Thai training. They worked well. The only problem was that doing BJJ techniques that require a lot of traction against them mat, they can roll up or even come off. I had to give up training because I needed a...
  30. J

    Switching up my edc

    I agree. I don't carry a knife as a weapon, but as a tool. I would never be without a pocket knife, but I would have to really be in extremis to use a knife as a weapon, because I would have to have exhausted the use of my gun and my H2H training, so it is unlikely. For one thing, I have heard...
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