Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thoughts on guns…

How would you react if somebody carried a gun for protection… All the time. Maybe they’re a cop, whatever, maybe not, whatever, it doesn’t matter. But would you say, “You’re just being paranoid. Put that thing away.”?

Somebody would.

But what if you got attacked, and they were with you? You’d say, “Whoa!! Thank God you had that gun with you!” Why is it okay then?Nowww you’re thanking them, you just criticized them for having it 2 hours ago.

Guns aren’t used by most people… Even violent people. Maybe if they’re hard criminals, or cops, but I know a lot of streetfighters who don’t ever use guns. The most preferred weapon is a switchblade knife. Personally, they’re not my favourite, but I have carried one before.

And from a martial artist point of view, would guns be cheating or unfair? People are still taught to use swords, or sai, and otherweapons. I don’t think it’s completely necessary to bring those, since you couldn’t conceal a lot of those kinds of weapons too easily. But then again, my favourite weapon is a pair of nunchucks, but I have my own methods for being able to have those around me.

People think I’m crazy for having a pair of nunchucks sometimes, even if I tell them that I like to practice and street perform from time to time. I’ve almost needed to use them before… I lucked out because my cousin knew the guys. One of the guys he knew was carrying the BIGGEST switchblade I’ve ever seen, and then we get into this discussion about weapons and stuff. Funnily enough, my cousin brought up I had nunchucks on me, which I was kinda pissed about since I had them concealed — as in I didn’t want people to f’ing know about them.

I don’t think guns are bad, and I don’t have any problems with traditional martial arts weapons. But I think that they need to be accepted as a legitimate option at some point. I’ll probably get gun training whenever I can, I’ll start looking into it, and learn how to use them and get one.


Water

I think water’s interesting… Maybe that’s just me.
  • It’s very fluid, and never stops moving.
  • It’s constantly moving, adjusting to the environment it’s in.
  • It fills in the cracks, and can freeze, cracking it even more — maybe even shattering it.
  • It’s basic… it’s part of life, and it’s constantly recycled, and restored, and renewed.
  • Entire oceans can be affected by the moon.
  • Humans are about 74% water.
  • Have you ever thought how we might be affected by the moon?
  • If we want a glass of water, it’s not going to fill itself necessarily. You can hope for it, pray for it, wish for it, try imposing your will on it, or visualizing the water going into the class… But in the end, you need to fill the glass yourself.
  • The glass can be half full, or half empty.
  • It can save us from dying, or cause us to die.
  • We need to have the right amount, and at the right times.
  • It can be flavoured, and mixed, or blended, or bland.
  • It can turn into vapour, breathed out through the mouth.
  • The glue that holds together a castle of sand.
  • It slips through your fingers, but sticks to your skin.

Be honest with yourself

  • Are you pushing yourself too hard?
  • Are you just scared of failure?
  • Do you really agree with their opinion?
  • Did you make the right choice?
  • Do you think you’re good enough?
  • Are you overweight?
  • Are you lazy?
  • Have you really reached your limit?
  • Are you in over your head?
  • Do you undervalue yourself?
  • Are you afraid of dying?
  • Are you a good role model?
… Are you being honest?

Confusing, Contradictory, and Counter-Productive Nutrition and Diets

I`m a fan of learning new things… I love learning new things, especially when it’s a topic I believe will be helpful. So, I did a little peak performance and healthy living learning with some Tony Robbins programs… I was kind of surprised to hear a few things. I haven’t completed my research, but there’s a LOT of weird dietary/nutritional facts…

Speaking just about Tony’s products, here’s what I heard… Impartial list, no huge research done on all of it yet. So bare with me.

  • Don’t eat carbohydrates and proteins at the same time
  • Don’t eat meals with drinks, or immediately after
  • Don’t have dairy products
  • Oxygen prevents cancer
Now, I’m not saying they’re wrong, bad, or have negative impacts… But are they good? I looked into the dairy thing so far, and I’ve heard him explain the oxygen thing. The oxygen one made sense to me, and breathing is a requirement anyways, so getting more good air just seemed like a good idea.
But here’s the screwed up thing…
Animal-protein-rich things like milk contain calcium, and b-vitamins, and other good stuff like that… But it also causes osteoperosis due to calcium leeching from our bones. And it doesn’t surprise me, but it also contains growth hormones from cows that haven’t given birth yet, so then people start developing depression and little girls “grow up” faster. People who ingest cows milk are also ingesting those hormones, which are female, so then girls develop faster, and men become a little more moody and effeminate.
But then also eggs contain a lot of essential nutrients, but slow the intake of vitamin b-7 (biotin)… which you get from animal proteins.
And apparently soy is a cure-all, but also leads to womens’ thyroid issues, and kidney problems, etc.
You can’t have high-sugar fruits because of too much sugar. Diabetes, blood pressure, etc.

Eggs counter the proteins… Meats/dairy contain b-vitamins and female hormones… You can’t switch to soy… Some fruits are bad for you…

Apparently… The solution is becoming a vegan who doesn’t have soy and certain fruits.

Fuck. That.

Here’s my solution:

People around the world, from every culture, have more or less figured out what to eat. Nowadays, though, we have a bunch of “junk foods” which everyone already knows is bad for you anyways… But really, you already know what to eat.

Eat meats, fish, bread, pasta, fruits, veggies… etc. Drink milk, water, natural juices.

You get the picture. Eat healthy, and organic helps, since it doesn’t have chemicals.
And get plenty of exercise that you enjoy doing, and get lots of fresh air. It’s simple!!
You don’t need complex diets, or anything, you just need to avoid candy and soda and coffee is you can… I break this rule sometimes, I’m human. But I eat healthy most of the time. I don’t overeat, I eat when I’m hungry, and I feel like I’ve worked up a worthy hunger.
Seriously! You know the best things for yourself already.
  • Eat good food, when you need to
  • Exercise regularly
  • Breathe fresh air regularly
  • And all those other health-enhancing things…
It’s just about having the willingness to do them, and to be happy, and feel satisfied. They’re all factors.

Like a Book

I’ve seen the result of bad martial arts schools. 

And no, I’m not going to talk about how a lot of fighters are just bad, or how their moves aren’t very effective/legal. Or about how you’re supposed to train in a gi. Or even about how some are scams, and take your money… Or about how they brainwash you into thinking you should only study one martial art…

I’m talking about how static they are.

They’re predictable.

They like to train students a certain criteria, and attempt to make perfect clones like the person should be a martial arts robot.

And they train their students just the fighting, and not any mindset… The mindset is more important, in my opinion. Everything sort of comes down to the thoughts you have, and the decisions you make, which lead to what actions you perform.

It’s a Martial Art, and it should become a real art. It should really resonate with the Artist, and they should be allowed to stray from the curriculum.

What works for you, might not necessarily work for the guy next to you… Some people like Pepsi, some people like Coke, or if you’re like me you like both but try staying away from soda (uggghhhhh… it’s so good, but so unhealthy).

You don’t need to stick to just one martial art, or be very rigid with the way you do yours, you should make it your own.

If I go up against somebody trained in a school, I can almost always predict what kinds of things he’ll do, unless he’s really clever.

I’ll show you how easy it is to defeat a martial art…

Tae Kwon Do translated means:
“to strike or break with foot”

Karate translated means:
“empty hand”

That means a lot to me. That means that I need to mainly block kicks from the Tae Kwon Do guy, and maybe pick up a weapon against the Karate guy. And I also know how their movements works, since I’ve trained a little in both of them.

Tae Kwon Do is a Korean form of Karate, and they’re very direct. They like to use moves that move very straight. TKD has a certain stance, and a way of moving. So does Karate.

Kung Fu, on the other hand, means “hard work”. And they like very circular moves. However, they also have a shitload of branches, which I love. They have many stances, and ways of moving. I happen to know a lot of them.

MMA guys usually like to grapple, and have submissions, and study Muay Thai. Well, the trick is, don’t let them get you in a hold. Their stances very, but it’s usually just two fists by the face.

Krav Maga has a couple different stances, and I trained in it so I understand it more. It’s a very brutal martial art.

Judo/Jiujitsu. Judo is very grapple heavy, and jiujitsu is too but they have strikes.

Tai Chi is very flowing, and is done as a sort of meditation, but it can be applied to fighting really sneakily.

Capoeira is very extravagant… To say teh least.

Muay Thai/kickboxing is very direct. I understand a little more than that, but you get the point.

Some martial arts like Kyusho, and the one with the Dim Mak (death touch) try using arteries and pressure points. I don’t recommend them!!!

Ninjitsu is among my favourites, along with Kung Fu. Ninjitsu is all about being un-predictable. Their stances, and moves are so effective, and under-utilized! Aaaannnnndddd… Best of all. They’re not static.

They have an understanding of the human body and use it to their advantage. They understand the situation, and don’t always just try to brawl. They’re sneaky.

There’s a certain stance that makes you look like the victim. You can get arm-barred easily. There are nerve strikes. There are death strikes.

I met a guy whose Ninjitsu school invented a NEW kick – a counter to the roundhouse. They used it in a tournament against other martial arts, and it was undefeatable because nobody had ever seen it!

There’s just so many martial arts out there, and so many variations, you can’t just ignore them all. You should understand how it all works, have the basics down, and be able to adapt to any situation.

How do you counter something you’ve never seen before? Exactly.
Be aware of every move.


What Is Intent?

Focus + Will = Intent

Focus = where the spotlight is
Will = how bright the spotlight is


How to Not Get Arrested for Fighting

Well, I guess you could just not fight, but that’s not what this is about. Everybody’s always like, “Well don’t start shit!” My question for them is, “What if you’re getting mugged…?” Or even better, “What if you see somebody else getting mugged?”

Yeah, seriously. You could be seeing somebody get the crap beat out of them, somebody hoping to not get raped then you should probably help them. Someone could even try breaking into your house, so it might be nice to stop them. (Obviously.)

Did you know that even if a robber breaks into your house, but gets injured there, that you can be charged?

Ironically, there’s also another law somewhere that states that the robbers are responsible for themselves if they do that stuff… Once a home owner ended up killing somebody (a teenager actually… ouch). The other teen accomplices were actually been charged with the murder. Yeah, screwed up, right?

You can easily avoid going to jail… It’s sort of simple.


1. It depends on the situation, but try NOT striking people.
Striking is illegal, especially if you start it. A lot of martial arts counters involve strikes… It might also be helpful to mention that some martial arts were built to kill people in a war! We’re not really in feudal Japan, or part of the Israeli Defense Forces.

However, it’s okay to strike somebody if they’re going to kill you, rape you, has a weapon, or your life is truly in danger. Your response needs to be appropriate. You can’t shoot somebody for punching you in the face.

Learn how to handle people without hitting. Try talking it it out,  but if that fails, then going for locks and submissions really helps.

2. Don’t be an idiot.
If somebody throws popcorn at you, don’t punch them in the face. This actually happened, I just came out of a school dance one time, and I saw this happen.

If you have an opportunity to call the cops, you should probably take it… There are a lot of factors involved, like not seeing something coming, or if it suddenly escalates quickly, or if there’s a working phone around. But if there’s a really violent situation already happening, and you have a chance to call for help, you probably should.

Those are two pretty big ones, here are some smaller ones I’m too lazy to write about.

  • Run away (if there’s a gun, run in a zig-zag)
  • Pick up a weapon (you don’t need to use it, it’s just for being more intimidating)
  • Don’t fight (not always an option, but it helps)
  • Do the fighters give their consent? Fighting in a competition, or just for fun is usually okay within reason. (No really bad injuries, or deaths.) It helps… I like to spar for fun, and I practice with nunchucks at school, so I guess I can technically get the cops called on me. *ahem*
  • Get help. Obviously if you have a pack of dudes behind you then they won’t want to fight as much.

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