Archive for February 2012

The Difference between Self Defense and Fighting

February 26, 2012

To clearly illustrate the differences, so that people don’t mistake real fights for something else of a different nature, we have this.

Fistfighting has never been uncommon, particularly in the beach communities, Long said. Take young men, add alcohol and look out. Fights break out.

“I remember fights from when I was younger. A few punches were thrown,” Long said. “The fights didn’t have nearly the aggressiveness we’re seeing today.”

The thing is, this has always happened before. It’s something Target Focus Training even uses to train their clients. Self defense, plainly spoken, is to defend your life, not win fights. Whereas even in fights that people didn’t intend to kill you, can kill you and has killed others. But that’s not how it started. So self defense automatically must assume every potential fight and incidence will lead to a fatal consequence. Thus it helps people to avoid such issues, especially if they lack the firepower to backup their talk and mouth.

Sometimes not getting into fights is the exact solution to your problem of dying. At the same time, sometimes people will attack you, thinking they can teach you a lesson. That is when you must learn how to use violence, and not simply shun it as a totem pole of evil like many do with guns. It’s not a cursed or possessed voodoo Chuckie Doll people.

Sometimes aggressive and angry 20 year olds will get lucky. They will start a fight with someone that has been trained to kill humans with nothing but their bare hands, so to speak. Then that’ll be the end of that issue once and for all. If they are really lucky, they may even survive that encounter relatively intact. Life’s a box of chocolates. It’s also Russian roulette. You never know what you are going to get.

EDIT: There’s also the story of “more mature” males getting into the same trouble. Having internet evidence that you train in a “combat” style, probably won’t convince the jury that you used reasonable levels of self defense.

Basic Tutorial on Punching Dynamics

February 26, 2012

This has some good tips.

Please don’t think that the boxer’s fracture is one that occurs only in new students or inexperienced fighters. Just the opposite is true. The new and inexperienced person frequently cannot generate sufficient force to cause a boxer’s fracture, whereas with training the ability to deliver force increases and with it the occurrence of boxer’s fractures.

This one usually hits beginners hard, because they develop the wrong habits early on and as they get better, they suffer the consequences of those bad habits trained in early on that nobody corrected them on.

oxer’s hands are taped into the proper position so that the force is automatically aligned to go down the wrist and into the arm. The fixed wrist prevents creating the large hooking punch (try it some time) and helps limit the damage. But, since boxers have relied on an artificial means of keeping the wrist aligned, they have not learned how to do so themselves. So out of the ring they can easily damage their hands because they are not properly aligned.

Taping has become very popular, whether as a result of boxing or muay thai. It is still an external solution, one that does not originate from the user’s mind or even body.

An interesting portrait of modern America

February 24, 2012

The Forgotten Man

They said the world would respect the US more?

February 24, 2012

Is this what they really meant back when they were campaigning for a Democrat regime change. Giving away US territory in return for private benefits?

Falconry and other Birds of Prey

February 24, 2012

If you have never understood while some people hunted with birds, check this out.

Seeing is not Believing

February 20, 2012

Some people may wonder where’s the proof, the power source, of various things in martial arts. For external martial arts, it is often muscle conditioning. For internal arts, it is normally concentration and mental focus.

For this guy, it’s both.

This is a physical demonstration of the results of chi gong, meditation, and physical conditioning. And seeing is not believing in chi gong. In these arts, feeling is believing. If you don’t feel it, you can’t believe it. It’s too hard for the mind to imagine.

Young individuals with low weight can do this as well. About 25% of it. The other reason why feeling is superior to seeing is because in the modern age, video images can be edited and manufactured. Absent drugs, it is very hard to make people feel things that they don’t. Not impossible with hypnosis, but much harder to do than visual propaganda. These young man can do it on 4 fingers.

Modern Developments: Video reviews of games

February 19, 2012

Computer games have been mostly a male dominated craft. They have looked for more women, since that is usually more attractive on screen especially for a male dominated audience, but it has always been usually males who have played console and PC games. Recently, women have been provided more games suiting to their taste, such as the fashion designs of a Sim City 3, but that is only true recently. And speaking of recently, game reviews are mostly done by men as well, even in video reviews, except this one. Which is why I described it as a modern development. In the right direction, if you ask me. The other positive is that she’s more entertaining than the norm. Maybe because women received conversation training early on while men who programmed games and played them did not…..? Naww, couldn’t be.

On a side note, last year Starcraft II did a little something of a plot development with Raynor and his love interest. Romance is not a big selling point of video or PC games. (Gee, I wonder why) The usual “talent” pool for PC games just don’t have a lot of people who are really good at dating, relationships, or romance. It’s not like the Japanese visual novel market or galge (dating sims). That is also a “modern development”. They’re trying to put their hands on new things that have usually not been well explored. Women don’t play games much because games aren’t really about relationships, romance, and conversations. Whereas men don’t usually watch chic flicks precisely because it has no action, and too much about relationships.

If producers and coders keep branching out like this, they may see an inter cross exchange between different demographics. The Sims 3 has already proven that with the female demographic. So has casual games like Bejwelled. They are missing out on a lot of the market segment if they cater only to males.

EDIT: Here are some more entertaining thoughts on the same venue. Golden Age article

And a Mass Effect meme page. Of course, the Skyrim 3 meme even got to Yahoo Answers, days after their launch, which in my view is pretty amazing for memetic viral reproduction.