Archive for the ‘Traditional Martial Arts’ category

Time for some Martial Arts Theory

September 27, 2017

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

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.