Archive for the ‘Traditional Martial Arts’ category

Practicing with shinken and sharp swords can get you killed

July 1, 2016

Going to download em if possible and share em with people who like swords, for funny jokes.


And for people with strong stomachs interested in practical applications:

When I trained for lethal force applications, one of the things I learned was that I should desire and want the enemy to be destroyed, visualize it like what you see in the video, and hunger for that result. As much as a man dying of thirst in the desert hungers for pure water. That will provide full authorization to the motor control layers invested in the spine and middle of the brain, near the brain stem. Motor control as coming from the frontal cortex or consciousness parts, actually interfere with maximum speed physical skills.

Xing Yi Quan and Bagua as Chinese culture

January 25, 2016

These were pretty interesting data points and research material for me.

Learning European swordmanship via youtube and the internet

January 16, 2016

Starts somewhere after the 20 minute mark, the story of how HEMA revived using the internet’s C4, communications and computers.

I linked this before, but this hits upon the same topic and journey Jin Young went through. Distributed learning, no credentials used, sharing of knowledge, reduction in cost of information transport and coordination, de-centralized command and control centers, community and grassroots based organizations.

It’s a kind of culture, but it isn’t a conformist culture, nor is it one based upon State Authority or Totalitarian Ideology, or Economic dependence even.

It’s a culture where if you are in one of these cultures, you can cross over to every other sub culture that focuses on different things. It’s pretty strange, to see a civilization’s culture get produced without economic or military expansion.

Ayn Rand theorized about it and called it “Going Galt”. The 3 percenters, the irregulars in the US, call it freedom and 4th generational warfare. Science fiction communities would see it as “post scarcity” economies. Insurgents or resistance movements would see it as grassroots and cellular in nature.

Learning martial arts via Youtube

January 14, 2016

From the 20 minute mark, interesting take on the Youtube culture

Training to use gravity as a power source Part 3

January 14, 2016

Jin has created a separate channel, devoted expressly to forming his own… for lack of a better term, his own school/philosophy on this Life Quest of his.

And, coincidence of coincidences, a lot of it matches up to what I’ve been doing and researching.

This won’t be a very text heavy post, just watch some of the videos.

Interview with Jin Young concerning getting older and teaching

January 3, 2016

That wasn’t what it was originally about, but since Jin likes to talk a lot about concepts and is very good at teaching and explaining, it ended up being that.

Training the body to use gravity power continued

January 2, 2016

Previously I wrote a digest concerning the overall summary. Here are some more specific body details.


For some reason, which I have yet to discover, the shoulder (being one of the most complicated joints with degrees of movement) has to be seated in its socket, like a nailed hammered into a board, before one can connect the mass of the body to the target at the end of the human arm. Shrugs, no idea why, actually. It gets complicated, I would surmise. Shoulder dislocation complicated.

The elbow has to be situated near the ribs or torso, it cannot be flared out unless the range is so long or short that this detail no longer matters. The elbow, being able to only bend in one direction, and that a limited number of degrees, isn’t particularly complicated. When combined with the shoulder, however, it does get messy. Because when people send an impulse to move the wrist and shoulder, often times their shoulder moves as well. One of the benefits of training the foundation of the body in neijia or weijia is being able to consciously or subconsciously control specific body parts, even during the 180 heart beating rate of a life and death fight. Although for training, most people use intense aerobic exercise and I personally, use emotional substitutes that bring on intent and an environment sufficiently close to simulate the actual.

The hands are a little bit strange, due to the wrist. The angle the wrist is rotated depends on the range at which power must be projected. Thus at boxing range, the full or over extension of the elbow and shoulders from their normal alignments, the wrist is rotated with the palm down. And sometimes even with the thumb pointing down, to aid in the push through and rotation. For closer range, such as half arm length, the palm up is used instead. Closed fist or open hand, doesn’t seem to matter much. So even as each joint, the fingers, wrist, and elbow, are not particularly mobile in 3d, when combined together they get messy. Various ancient and more modern styles have hand and elbow structures which fit their predominantly offensive striking tool. Pick your poison.

For visual aides, see Chinaboxer’s channel on Youtube, the male that learned from Bruce Lee’s childhood friend. I’ll be re reviewing his material sometime later.

As for the hip joints, a lot of it is conditioning. It is one of the strongest joints, but also the one most people pay the least attention to in regular life. Its degree of movement is also similar to the shoulders, but normally is not utilized due to flexibility issues. It is the joint that needs the least explaining and the most experience, perhaps right after or before the shoulder joint.