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Martial Artists spend their time doing crazy stuff

April 14, 2014

Things like staff or bo spinning for conditioning and coordination improvement.

In Asia, old men are often respected if not revered.

There’s a reason for that.

A martial artist, using certain methods, can grow much more powerful as they age and only the strongest and most capable at survival can survive the numerous challenges and threats to their life into old age. A lot of it is mythology, but there are historical figures you can check to see what was going on back then.

Other countries have their cultural pride and favorite past times as well. Sometimes independent of whatever military or economic power they have.

The Japanese have a saying that hard work can be its own reward. In many ways, what individuals come up with is strange and unique, but hard work is the base of all those skills.

Wing Chun internal review

April 13, 2014

This should be Episode 3 Wing Chun Blast with Jin Young

Time for a recap, review, and re-training of old and new material.

Good videos, from a slightly different perspective on conceptual and mechanical concepts and applications for martial arts, not just one martial art.

Target Focus Training’s instructors, Tim Larkin’s group, had a similar effect on me as Jin Young’s instructors had on Young.

This describes more of the things I’m practicing with. More subtle manipulations of power, designed to counter direct line gravity assisted power or bodyweight force.

Dom Izzo is very strong in the upper chest and favors a forward moving mentality, a yang centered application of force. Thus that’s why he doesn’t experience the benefits of yin force (he said so himself one time), which is receding force or absorption. His primary point of power isn’t in moving backwards or indirectly tangent or around a point, but directly straight. That’s why some of the things in the Wing Chun Blast Episode 1 with him looks that way, in the intro chi sau.

Jin Young’s methodology is very strong on the root, so he doesn’t need to quickly bypass a block or attempt to speed eye catch an opponent’s strike, since Jin uses sticking energy. He literally sticks his arm unto an opponent, and controls the incoming attacks that way, by upsetting the opponent’s balance while preserving his own.

Every individual martial artist creates their own art. We wouldn’t call an artist an artist if all they did was sketch stuff overlayed on top of originals, now would we. So every one of these martial artists have learned things and learned how to deconstruct and re-engineer what they have learned: what some call critical thinking or independent judgment. So no matter what their technical differences are, spiritually and mentally their training methodologies are still light years superior than an athlete that has merely copied perfect technical applications and is good at sparring because of it.

One of the neighborhood girls that roam around with their friendship group, stopped by once to talk. This time they didn’t have the boys with them, since the boys didn’t seem like they wanted to get near me or talk to me. I wonder if they know something I don’t. But the girls, one who said she was 15 when some guy in a black car drove up the street and tried to pick her up (yeah), seemed to like talking about the martial arts I was practicing. So I showed her the basic strength against weakness concept where the arm escapes the hand grip by utilizing circular rotation and direct line force against that spot between the index and thumb of the gripping hand. So I gave her a physical demonstration, where her friends watched with interest, and she tried to pull out of my grip using her strength and I merely reset our arm position using my strength. Her face looked like she was really exerting herself, so I focused my eyes at a spot to the right of her head, to avoid pressuring her, and calmly repeated for her to use the technique to escape. She after 2 tries using strength, which didn’t work, finally used the rotation technique and it worked for her. That should have been a good lesson on the difference between attempting to out muscle people who are bigger and stronger than you, vs the efficacy of using physics principles against the human body.

If you watch Episode 2 of Structural Integrity, at around the 70% mark, you’ll see something like that arm rotation escape. A lot of these things I come up with using the base principles and experience working with training partners in dojos. It’s not something instructors specifically taught, it was mostly stuff I re-engineered and tested. Stuff people engineer themselves is very different from stuff people copy from other people.

Spiral Through the Heavens!

I also came to similar conclusions that linear and rotational force equals spiral power. Gurren Lagann and Naruto, believe it or not, helped me develop that conceptual framework, as well as the rotational principle in Target Focus Training. Proof positive that it doesn’t really matter where ideas come from, so long as the engineering applications work. So not only does a physics background help martial artists, but also anatomy, medicine, and Japanese entertainment helps as well.

Tim Larkin Interview: Target Focus Training

April 8, 2014

The interview series is called the Genius Network Interviews, mostly financial information from what I surveyed.

I started with Tim Larkin’s program after 2001 and it was exactly what I was looking for.

Wrist alignment in power transfer via punching

March 18, 2014

The concept of different wrist alignments was something I discovered through experimentation and re-engineering.

Whenever the hand is palm facing down or vertical fist with the thumb on top, the elbow is no longer in the angle closest to the chest. Thus there may be speed and external power, but no internal acceleration to back up the movement after it has been extended beyond the angle the elbow can sustain the power link.

Developing smooth muscle activations has gotten to the point where I have to use the palm up alignment of the hand/wrist, or else my own power can damage my tissues. This also applies to open palm movements. Brushing off attacks, moving opponent’s limbs around, all requires that the contact surface connects to the wrist, the wrist connects to the elbow, and the elbow to the shoulders.

Like an intricate gear system, the small is attached to the large, and as the small moves with little power, the large ones are affected and move with greater power. But the moment a link or cog is out of alignment, the whole system grinds to a halt or destroys itself trying to work.

It helps to have a basic anatomy understanding of the six ways human joints can be broken, the six degrees of freedom of movement for each human joint. The Ancients such as Aristotle had their essences and the Ancient Chinese had their 5 elements. We are probably talking about the same thing, but in different frameworks. Thus to a Westerner educated in anatomy or physics, we understand the martial skills through that lens.

Rmax international’s training methodology

March 12, 2014

Found this while looking for the weight of club bells. I was comparing it to the steel swords I use for training, to see what kind of difference in force the circular motion was generating.

If I use fajing, energy projection, with the sword swing, it often tries to lock my elbow out, producing tennis elbow. Otherwise known as one of the six ways a joint can break. That energy must be directed to my core/torso by nailing the shoulder socket down into the seat, allowing smooth energy to pass from hand to shoulder. The shoulder thus acts as my elbow, given the sword creates another joint on my arm. I eventually have to go over my movements in slow motion, to re-correct things via reconstruction.

But going back to the clubs, which weigh about 10-15 pounds starting off, the exercises look interesting and somewhat similar in mechanics to sword training. The circular rotational movements plus chi gong have also healed some joint problems I had before. Ones I thought would never heal.

What the author there calls “fascia” is the same thing as the fat deposit in the gut that stores chi or energy in chi gong and taiji chuan. Martial arts have often spoken about power coming from the guts or the hips. That’s the fascia at work in Western science translation. The bones function much like metal rods, they generate electricity when compressed like piezoelectric crystals. The fascia then is an insulation around the bones, rotation and movement thus produces chi or an electromagnetic field effect. Invisible, but can be felt. The “core” is thus strengthened internally via internal energy as well as externally via blood/muscle and heat. Although technically blood and heat are internal ingredients.

EDIT: Just reconstructed my training for today using the knowledge by author Scott S. I had avoided using the widest potential movement, since I was training with realistic attacks in mind, minimizing my degree of movement and excess energy, blocking the lines that can reach my body. Extremely long forms of curves such as the shoulder and arm going behind my back were avoided, as that would place my defending sword out of line of my center, where my head and organs are. By de-focusing on precision and edge control, I could tax my fingers and relax my shoulder joints far more than I could when training with only the martial movements in mind. This has given me a great workout and I can already feel the forearm and hand muscles I’ve wanted to strengthen, recuperating from fatigue. I acquired an iaito, an unsharpened steel katana, precisely because I wanted to exercise with fatigue in mind, given that hand soreness can produce lack of edge control which can carve out body parts unintentionally with a sharp sword.

The wide angle “club” swings feel very loose and I can additionally add taiji chuan and target focus training slow movement methodology to it as well.

Self Defense in Modern America

March 12, 2014

The Art of Violence has not receded.

If anything, these days the choice between centralized authority/control and personal individual destiny/control is a stark one. Although there are still people who think authoritarian central control works for them, because they get to decide who is armed. And being armed is a privilege only reserved to the ruling class, like Diane Feinstein, even as they work hard to strip that ability from others. Like in a certain US state.

While Tim Larkin would get a lot more traction with Megyn Kelley or Sarah Palin, it is to be said that Couric’s…. audience is probably in the most dire need of this.

Power and Intent

March 5, 2014

Instructors have mentioned that your power shouldn’t be in front of your intent. The power should come from the hip, not the arm, yet if the arm is weak the hip cannot apply the power to the object.

So a Western reconstruction would be the simple sliding of the window panel. To make things harder, people should use a horizontal sliding window panel. The one with the grooves on the bottom. A vertical one is easy when going down due to gravity, but somewhat more difficult when going upwards. To practice the use of hips with arm strength, the horizontal one is more applicable.

When powering through the motion, most people if they are strong use the arms and the weight of the body mass to serve as an anchor/lever. However, pretend the window is sort of stuck and your arm/hand strength is insufficient by itself. Now instead of directing power to the arms first, line up the hand, arm, shoulder, and hips in synch. Then start the movement from the foot, to the legs, to the hips, and then on down to the hands touching the window panel.

Use less strength, go slower, for a better challenge. Better yet, find a way to increase the window’s resistance level via either a partner or put something in the groove that provides friction. It also may matter whether your arm is above the groove or near the groove when applying force/leverage.

After a few exercises and visualizations, the internal art student should be able to gauge a difference in effort and acceleration from the two methods: internal and external. The internal is the lining up of bones and muscle ligaments in the right order and in the right shape. The external is generating large force from outside to affect an object’s internal workings. If friction and the various equations having to do with normal force counts as internal, at least.

As for what people should find out about acceleration and force, I leave that up to the person to discover themselves via the experimental method (what used to be called science before science became a religion about divinity).

Crime in some Northeastern US City

February 4, 2014

Crime. Purse snatching. Guns. Shootings of compliant victims. It’s all the usual stuff, except with one twist because of that comment by the woman.

A Martial Arts Randori

February 2, 2014

Once upon a time, I was the training partner of one particular individual in aikijutsu or aikido. I believe he had been a student for 6-12 months longer than me. The condition for the spar was very simple. I, as the uke, would extend my hand towards him (initiation of drawing his sword, disarming him, attacking him, knifing him), and he as tori would execute a basic lock technique and then throw.

So I extended my hand out, not even at half attack speed, and he grabbed it as if we were doing individual drills at our own pace. I gave him .5 seconds to figure out what he was going to do with my arm, then I retracted my arm as the tori couldn’t decide what the next move in the sequence was that he wanted (maybe he was waiting for an instructor to phone him the technique steps when he was fighting on the streets, I don’t know). What I found interesting and worrisome later on, was that the instructor watching us said “no tricks” in reaction to my pulling my hand back. Of course, next time I tried it, the tori got an automatically tighter grip on my arm and immediately proceeded with a technique lock and throw the moment he obtained contact.

That wasn’t due to the specialness of the instructor or instruction, that was due solely to the fact that the uke, me, actually conducted a movement somewhat close to “realistic” context. That moment of learning, was far superior to the lectures and drills the instructor had given us, since it obviously had yet to penetrate my training partner’s head until he felt it for real. In all the times before, he had expected the uke/opponent to merely extend the hand as if in handshake greeting, and then wait for the tori to execute the technique. In some ways, that might be said to be a good way to learn how to get killed, if you do this long enough.

That was the good news. The bad news is that the instructor seemed to frown upon this or actually thought I was “feinting” when I extended my hand. At less than 50% speed, so that what takes me .75 seconds takes 1.5 seconds to do. If the instructor thought that was a feint, fake, or “trick”, they should have seen me at maximum effectiveness.

As time goes on, I come to empathize, understand, and agree with how ancient masters used to hide their techniques and full potential from public view or even from the view of their non inner circle pupils. There are people in this world that have no idea how to visually recognize a real martial movement done with intent and body-mind harmony. And it is often best not to clue them in, for their own good. They may start a conflict and argue about it. It’s not necessary to prove it or convince other people. Their training will be permanently crippled by working with training partners that do not know a real attack from a training exercise attack. Their training will be permanently crippled by drilling in movements that can defeat slow, methodical, predictable randori and drills; with nothing better to compare it against for improvement, the hard work will have been wasted.

The ancient martial artists didn’t have the NSA, IRS, Facebook, MySpace, and Google search bots breathing down their neck, but they did have these youngins roaming around looking for a “knockout game” on the closest and highest ranked martial arts practitioner. Defeat the boss and you’ll earn national “respect”!

Years ago, I also years ago wanted to test myself after my self enclosed individual training. I wanted to see the benefits or product of my labor and hard work. While the dojo or dojos I’ve went to had good to average instructors with years or decades of experience, I was extremely disappointed at the level of readiness on the part of the individual students. Given the time I spent, I had an equivalent of 1-5 years in a dojo, 4 hour per week schedule, translated from my individual training regimen before I entered a formal dojo for the first time. The students I saw were at least at the 12 month mark, if not greater. Yet only a few dedicated and talented individuals were what I might call near ready to start benefiting from realistic scenario, randori, sparring, and drill deconstruction training.

I was disappointed. Most of them didn’t even know to defend the center line and could not even see a simple jab, straight line linear acceleration strike. Of course a straight attack is designed not to let the eyes catch it, but even still, these individuals flinched after my fist reached the end of my range in front of their face, for range control drilling. We told them exactly what was going to happen and they blocked all kinds of attacks to the face (distance is made far away) from their fellow students, yet could only react via the superfast reflex of flinching without moving their hands to block at all. I write this not to disrespect their hard work and training, but to merely illustrate how absolutely disillusioned I was. Certainly competition teams and dojos would have had better physical athletes, and I certainly look forward to seeing how they do, but I had always thought the formal dojos had standards far superior than my own. It’s hard work finding a quality instructor in the US. The bell curve, that 5% at the top being the best quality, is still with us.

The Eastern knight errants and warrior philosophers often noted that once a student finds their master, they stick to that master via loyalty and fidelity. I always thought that was strange, to pick your own master and then become obedient. Since often the “picking” part involved fighting the master and being beat senseless by them. Because many warriors had life and death experience already, they weren’t going to trust their life and time to some old guy that didn’t even fight as well as the warrior. That makes a lot of sense now to me. Before, though, it made no sense.

Obedience to authority, obeying a master or instructor, should only be done when the individual knows absolutely that the authority is worthy of it. Not before. That has lessons for war and politics as well as martial arts hobbies/sports.

Independence of Will in Martial Arts

December 27, 2013

A lot of this applies to martial arts, at least at the higher levels of cognitive development. You don’t necessarily need independence of will, creativity, or free will to improve your physical conditions. You just do what you are told and you can grow stronger, faster.


I see the world in my own conceptual framework, of the contest between yin and yang or what I would like to call Individual free will and Authoritarian power.

A single human or person attempts to develop a sense of self identity and an ability to exercise free will, around puberty. Before that period, there’s little to no instinct to want to make decisions or judgments yourself, as your cognitive development is solid but still perfectly capable of accepting authority as the determination of your reality and ethics (Santa’s metaphysical reality for example).

In order to distinguish yourself from other people, so that you can distinguish your own will from what other people tell you to do, generally people try to find a subject matter that they have knowledge on or special expertise in. This is reinforced when society praises the individual for attempting to master a complicated and productive field. If society does not praise but instead condemns, then you get what might be called “sub-cultures”. It’s still obedience to societal norms and thoughts (because people are not yet free), but it’s obedience to a society of people like yourself: a sub culture.

Until a person is able to accept themselves, trying to get society to accept them may or may not work. Creative people or those with a burning internal desire for something, have to not only create a self contained identity that is able to control and make use of these burning desires but must also cooperate or adhere to community standards to function as a normal human being (herd or pack).

Many people have found success by finding a societal niche or role where they can put their energies to creative and productive use. So they benefit not only personally by having an outlet for their drives, but also recognition from society for being a productive member.

However, that’s not always the case. There are many individuals exercising free will or dissidents, where the state or high authority does not accept the existence of. If you say something you shouldn’t against Hussein or North Korea’s leadership, you may not find yourself as warmly accepted as a “creative thinker” as you might in the United States of America. That’s because it is not in the interests of authority to cultivate competition or rebels. The American system allows leaders and authorities to make bank on cultivating products and services, but that is only in the sense that they are tending livestock. It is not a system that makes you have free will. It just assumes you do have free will and lets you use it without dropping you into the river with concrete attached to your legs.

A popular phrase that might provide for easy visualization is: the nail that stands out is hammered flat.


Martial arts has its own unique combination of authority, authoritarian views, community standards (black belts), and individual will (technique deconstruction, construction, philosophy, and teaching).

Question your teacher, to see whether you are doing what your teacher tells you to do or whether you are learning from the teacher and learning how to do things on your own by your own judgment. It’s not very complicated. But that very simplicity masks the utter difficulty in the task of learning how to be your own person, act on your own judgment, become your own authority.


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