Don’t try the “touchless” knockout on this guy!
While I have met my fair share of practitioners that believe in Qi, you won’t be surprised to learn that the evidence for it is quite lacking. Ultimately I feel that people are simply uninformed at the incredible limits the human body can achieve. I’m reminded of Arthur C Clark’s 3rd law “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It’s easy to write off incredible athletic feats as woo-ww. Side note: there are examples of martial artists performing “tricks” to prove their powerful Qi, but I relegate those to the dustbin of spoon bending.
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Specificity of training is the basis on which all modern physical training rests. Briefly, to produce a desired physiological adaptation, a training program must place sufficient stress on the physiological systems in question (Willmore & Costill, 2004). In training environments this is commonly referred to as Specific Adaptations to Imposed Demands (SAID). Adaptations to training are limited to the physiological system overloaded by the program. This includes neuromotor, morphological, hormonal and metabolic elements. Fighting activities (encompassing both combat sports and fighting/self protection scenarios) present a unique programming challenge, requiring a range of adaptations to all systems.
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Tagged boxing, combat sports, conditioning, fighting arts, karate, martial arts, MMA, Muay Thai, SAID, specificity, wrestling
I am always inspired when I see good teachers and coaches that understand and respect the interdependent nature of their relationship with their charges. Those that inspire and motivate while demonstrating a healthy respect for the challenges of daily life faced by their students, and their basic humanity always make me want to be a better instructor. In that vein I offer the following video:
Then again these guys are from Wall Street, so…
One of our VA students exploring the utility of the elbows at close range to strike upwards and/or cover, then strike downwards into the throat or clavicles on the return. The collar tie can come out of the strike or cover, or from the other arm, and gives her the ability to create a force couple between elbow and target.
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Tagged elbow strikes, elbows, Fight Sciences Research Institute, fighting arts, fighting skills, martial arts, self protection
Last Saturday’s class featured an introduction to kneeling shoulder locks. After class, I was going through some of the pictures taken for review purposes, and noticed this uncanny (but unintentional) resemblance to Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam.” During semi-open randori, both students threw their partner in the same direction, and applied the lock at the same time, resulting in the visual pun. Next weekend, we’ll try for da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” out of juji gatame.
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Tagged fighting arts, fighting skills, FSRI, grappling, ground, kimura, martial arts, self protection, shoulder lock
One from the vaults:
Just another good reminder of two things:
-there really isn’t much new under the sun when it comes to fighting techniques and “mixed martial arts”
-although there is some camp involved in the demonstrations, proper leverage against a joint’s weak angles can go a long way- and it’s good to have some contingencies in store if a go-to technique fails.
Coincidentally, the guy looks a lot like one of the assistants from Jack Dempsey’s 1942 combatives manual, “Fight Tough,” and I love her liberal use of the heels…
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Tagged 1947 films, fighting arts, judo, martial arts, self defense, training
One of those random internet finds that really spoke to me: