Archive for the ‘Traditional Martial Arts’ category

Introduction for those entering BJJ or competitive martial arts

October 31, 2017

In response to this article I read randomly online, I left a comment and now reproduce it here.

Not every training system uses the tap, so always be sure to clarify what each side is expecting from the training limits.

If you are verbally giving a demonstration of a shoulder lock to someone that is new, and talking his head off, and then start the crank at normal speed, how is anyone supposed to react in time for the tap if they aren’t used to tapping on themselves to make a sound. Because you aren’t going to go from “listening mode” to “find something to tap on” due to pain interference. You have to be on “waiting on pain to tap” way before anybody does anything to you.

That’s why BJJ who see demo videos like this will “imitate” that rhythm and speed timing. While forgetting that the training partner isn’t always like the person in the video, he is ready for it.

Or in other words, be cautious of people who like to talk about techniques while showing it to you at full power. If they use a body weight leverage, they don’t realize it is grinding your bones and joints out, because body weight doesn’t have the same resistance as muscle pulleys. Neither does a leverage technique or lever.

It is safer, and thus more effective for long term training, to find people who are safe to train with, even if they can’t verbally explain anything. Or to put it another way, for people who verbally explain things but aren’t safe to train with, just watch from a distance. You don’t have to be their demo partner. Find somebody else.

This is a little bit different from the 20 yos that are reckless. There are older more experienced people who don’t know what their techniques are doing either, because they overly rely on the tap and that is only effective for the training partners that are used to them.

Full mastery at least requires you to know the difference between sparring and teaching techniques. In sparring, it is easier to tap out because your resistance is giving you the time to do so and you are in the preparation mode of almost tapping out. In teaching techniques at full power, the danger is always on the person you are demoing off of. And for people who focus on their talking over their technique control and power down mode, they’re can be used to ignoring consequences. Everybody else tapped out okay with them, why are you any different? Well, don’t try to Russian roulette that one.

BJJ has picked up and changed the randori requirements of Judo and Aikido. In Judo and AIkido, if you don’t fall correctly and break something on the ground, that’s on you, not on the upper level technique users. That’s why they spend months teaching falls and counters and defenses. As well as partial throws, so that people can avoid throwing someone on their head, because they practice both ways. They know the difference.

In BJJ, there probably isn’t all that much focus on the technique user protecting the training partner. The concept is more competitive, or more self orientated. You are practicing the technique to benefit your own power and skill, not to make sure the other guy can get back up at 100% 5 seconds later. That is why this isn’t just the 20 yo being reckless. The sport itself is centered on different priorities. Of course there are users who have spent time controlling themselves and they know what limit to put their techniques at based upon the other person’s reflexes and defenses. But if you are training for competition, you don’t have enough “reserve” to care about that in a spar. Which is why when someone brings that mentality to teaching, there’s a danger to any beginners. The experienced ones either avoid touching hands with that person, or they have their own defenses and “tap ready” mentality to go.

Try not to count on humans being infallible just because they are experienced. It’s the experienced ones that have holes in their mastery, that are hard to detect, not the 20 yos that want to win. The masters will sometimes have fun by not showing their skills at all, or smurfing as white belts. To them, the game and skill absorption is at a reserve where they can pull up the “game” of lowering their own attacks and abilities in response to the other person. They have enough reserve to do so without losing. This is the “Win at all costs, sweep the leg” philosophy vs “just by having fun, my skills increase”.

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Time for some Martial Arts Theory

September 27, 2017

http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=19809&page=2

This one is specifically a forum discussion on aikido. Some of the vocabulary is pretty specific to the style, so if you are outside of aikido training or unknown to Japanese terms, it may be difficult to parse.

My comment on the overall conversation stream there is this:

Boxing was not the attack aikido was constructed from aiki jutsu to counter. It was dagger thrusts and slashes, sword strikes that aikijutsu was designed to upset, unbalance, disarm, counter, and defend against using throws, joint locks, which forced disarms and prevented the maximum cutting damage of a blade at the optimum cutting length by entering into the range of the foe, into close range. Close range is about half a forearm away from wrestling hugging range.

Chinese heavy mud and glue methods of attaching arms to an opponent’s arms to slow down their combo strikes are seen in White Crane, Wing Chun, and other hybrid or internal martial art styles. This stops a boxer’s combos cold, because it prevents the gyroscopic torso twist from removing the arm, by adding your body weight to his arms. This not only interrupts the combo, it also predicts his next hit by using physical sensation, not eye sight. It also allows you to follow his strike back, engaging him at too close a range for boxing strikes.

Aikido focuses on doujutsu, or rather eye techniques. Visual acuity: visually acquiring the threat and focusing on a specific counter movement to a specific spot that will stop the momentum. This is more useful for melee combat, at extended sword and staff and spear ranges. That is because if you are unarmed against a melee weapon using individual, you will have to match your timing to his decision to move. If you try to move towards him and he just falls back and slashes at you, you are in lethal range of his weapon but he is outside the range of your arms and legs. Thus the dou jutsu is designed to wait for the right moment to move in and counter strike, to disarm the weapon by using a joint lock or throw. This is generally used by samurai clans in battles who have lost their weapons, need time to draw a dagger or secondary weapon, or are too close to a foe to use their melee weapons so they switch to using unarmed techniques to create an edge.

The rolling you see in the videos are designed as a defense and salvation method in war. Because the problem is that other samurai clans also use aiki jutsu and so people are training to counter the same techniques they use to attack with. Modern aikido sometimes have lost the point of these training methods. The methods were passed down, but not necessarily the contextual understanding.

A lot of these techniques are designed to open up a space for the drawing of the tanto, dagger, wakizashi companion short short, to disembowel the foe. It wasn’t originally a “throw” or rather that wasn’t the necessary priority component. When Aikijutsu became Aikido, the techniques of battle became the Way of Aiki, and people disarmed themselves and were now no longer able to legally practice with weapons even in dojos under the US GHQ post WW2; they had to simulate it. Aiki jutsu were supplementary techniques taught to samurai, and samurai always wore at least two weapons, the katana long sword and the wakizashi short sword, on the left side, drawn with the right hand (left handed people like Miyamoto Musashi still had to use their right hands).

Take this example and try to visualize what it would look like if both users had swords or melee weapons in their hands.

It’s a link from the first page of the aikido forum. One last clarification: the members of the Aiki web or those in the videos are by no wise incompetent. The purpose of analyzing the weaknesses of training methods and styles is to breakdown and deconstruct the historical and contextual background and usage of methods and styles. Analyzing and breaking down humans, is part of anatomy and threat neutralization instead.

Black belt poses as BJJ white belt

November 18, 2016

It’s a miniature class prank in motion, aided by the instructor in the brown belt.

Many of his arm and leg movements, seem to nullify force, rather than fighting his opponent. Instead of force against force, it’s leverage that bypasses incoming force and diverts/negates it. That’s something I’ve also felt at that range standing up, when opponents try to cross into grappling range past my arms. Even if I can’t out wrestle them, I can still stop them from closing the range by using my arms as levers stuck to the other person.

The vid had some useful training tips at the very end.

Practicing with shinken and sharp swords can get you killed

July 1, 2016

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b4e_1465439386

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

http://wingchungeeks.com/china-boxer-interview/

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