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  • Commented on Wag that puppy
    This piece of highschool violence illustrates the point rather clearly http://mirror.ninja/x9wo You can see than once he's thrown her, he's 100% tied up and the action's still going on. Fortunately the people who arrive seem friendly....
  • Commented on Wag that puppy
    PS: There are a couple of Akido vs. MMA ring videos on youtube which are informative: they at least hold their own, although they've probably invested much longer in training than their opponents. There are no Ki-fighter style beatdowns....
  • Commented on Wag that puppy
    I have one anecdote about Akido in a fight. My friend Dave in Chicago in the 1990s. I think he was a brown belt, maybe shodan. Back alley in Rogers park, a friend of his (female) gets into an altercation...
  • Commented on Who let the dogs out
    Delicate representational question: if we show people what fighting really looks like, are they more or less likely to hurt people inappropriate, vs. Matrix-style fight choreography. I'm thinking particularly of the old story about US police performing no-knock raids "like...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    One thing that's worth discussing is how and why people train. Two extremes: 1) Marines in the US have hand to hand fight training, MCMAP, often called "Semper Fu.") 2) Iaido (drawning a sword and making a perfect cut in...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    Oh, I should say that I did have some problems with state dependent memory: physical skills that I learned when I was still in bad shape tended to lock in that mindset, so certain areas of my PTSD management were...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    @Tim, I acquired PTSD from having two mentally ill parents and some environmental factors. As a result when I came to martial practice I came to it as a killer (I'm probably a sociopath - I've avoided diagnosis.) I got...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    I rather like Shintaido's approach to the question of "what are martial arts for now?" http://www.shintaido.co.uk/ Very, very strong technical skill base (some innovative, some inherited from Karate) and a mandate much wider than fighting - dance, performance, meditation, almost...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    Yes, absolutely. I think a lot of why police etc. have such low injury rates for dealing with guys like your friend is that they unbalance the odds early, and provide a ton of de-escalation options. Nobody wants to get...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    That makes a ton of sense. Lot of guys, lot of running around, you'd really rather not be on your back. I find watching these guys absolutely fascinating https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G8AnBNBs1Y Quite a few shaolin vs. [actual serious fight athletes] and the...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    Tricia - yes, I absolutely agree. The same logic applies to knife defence: if you're unfortunate enough to be attacked with a knife, there's a good chance you didn't have options. You need ground game (I did a reasonable amount...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    Dave, "real fights" covers everything from teenagers brawling in the park through professional criminals raiding each-other's houses up to Cold War special forces meeting in the tunnels under Berlin where gunfire will draw too much attention. What makes a fight...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    OH, and re https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19rcj1qm8GE Most approaches to knife fighting assume people are using power moves designed to drive a tanto through armour: Japanese samurai stuff. This is much like how Akido makes a ton more sense if you visualize your...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    Unfortunately the real problem with MMA is strategic rather than tactical. In a one-on-one fight for status ("duelling") going to the ground is plausibly safe. But nobody in their right mind should be in a fight like that using MMA:...
  • Commented on Martial arts and the cycle of bullshit
    I started training at seven. Karate in a church in the Scottish borders. I'd seen enough violence by that time in my life to realize that this was not a game, and that actually killing people by putting your hands...
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