Monthly Archives: December 2010

Spartans vs. Ninjas

Okay, well, this is old news, but I’m kind of pissed about the results. I’m heavily biased and I think ninjas should’ve won… Those guys representing the ninjas were great martial artists, but I’m not sure they actually knew that much about ninjas.

Besides the obvious facts that the battle was imbalanced…

  • Open areas
  • Daytime
  • Ninja jumping out of the tree made no sense

There were a lot of things wrong.

Unnecessary Acrobatics

Fights don’t usually end up looking that fancy.. I’m sorry, but they just don’t. They hired an acrobat for that sequence, and not a martial artist. He’s doing unnecessary flips over logs, and he’s doing kip ups instead of rolling with the momentum. Martial artists don’t go on their backs, they stand up.

Good-Looking, But Bad Fighting

The ninja had the upper hand kicking his shield, and he held onto the chain still after the spartan grabbed it. Why? No offense, but from what I saw the ninja team could use the weapons, but they lacked a basic ninjitsu principle… You don’t fight on the line.

What “the line” you ask? Well, the line is like this:

o           o
/|\       /|\
/\    | /\

That line between them, that’s the line. You don’t fight there. You fight behind the other person, or you get him while he’s down. YOU have the 90% chance of winning, and are in control of the fight. From that line you only have a 50% chance of winning… He took his chance, and died.

Another principle the ninja didn’t follow is that Your Defense Is Your Offense. He’s blocking, but without any real retaliation. He got the spear out of his hand, but he didn’t do any damage, he just let himself get knocked back by the shield. It’s basics. Spears are just like punches, they go right for you, but they’re easy to get around.

ie. Take two weapons, one weapon to parry the spear, and the black egg; after you parry the spear, the spartan is going to be trained to knock you back with his shield, but the ninja can just move with the momentum of the shield and throw the egg. To move the ninja, he’ll need to extend his shield arm, leaving an opportunity to throw the egg full of glass in it. If he was good enough at dissolving movement then he wouldn’t let himself get knocked down.

The ninja also kept running around, and always looked worried. He never capitalized on his opportunities, he just took off.

I can’t say if the spartans fighting was the best or not, but I’m absolutely sure that the ninja could’ve been better represented.

The Weapons

The weapons were fair enough, not too many thoughts on this, but I think if he had a full arsenal like in the show then he would’ve overwhelmed the spartan. Mastering a few weapons like the spartans is admirable, and effective, but I’m not 100% on how spartans would react to weapons they’ve never seen before.

Stereotyping

The spartan and the ninja look like they’re out of a comic book. I don’t know much about spartans, but at least he didn’t look like he was out of 300. But the ninja? Really? I wear a mask, but for fun. You don’t wear masks unless it’s specifically a stealth mission where you need to keep your identity secret, it obstructs your breathing. And in a time where bladed weapons exist, I don’t see why he doesn’t have armour on… Yes ninjas did happen to wear steel plating on under their robes.

How I Would’ve Fought

  1. Well, possibly hiding in a tree like in the beginning
  2. Shuriken to divert attention to tree
  3. Dropping either black eggs or blowgun, probably both – black eggs in the eyes, obstruct spartans vision, blowgun to damage and possibly blind or kill
  4. If spartan attacks me in the tree, he’s stupid since I have longer range weapons. I could just block or dodge.
  5. Assuming I’m accurate enough, the black eggs have left glass and possibly chili peppers in his eyes, the blow darts have hit his arms and face, and now I’m moving onto another weapon already – I’ll stick to what the ninja uses in this fight.
  6. Kusarigama. Weighted end to start pounding, sending the spartan into receiving mode (where he’s being defensive.)
  7. Jumping out of the tree, still attacking.
  8. Use bladed end of kusarigama, and ninjato. Attack spartan, spartan will try to block in some way. If with shield, I can deflect his spear while also dissolving the energy with a roll and sidestep in and stab or slash him. If with the spear, dissolve, sidestep the shield, stab or slash him — my goal is to sever his limbs.
  9. I can’t say for sure what the spartan will do, but I do know he’s predictable… Ninjas are unorthodox, and they bring way too much to the table.
  10. If all goes to plan, one of the spartans limb are severed, but he’ll still be eager to fight, and now he’s at a huge disadvantage. Proceed to use superior form to dismantle the spartan. Whether I need to sidestep the shield, parry the spear, or smash his helmet, he will be dead. Ninjas aren’t predictable and they’re highly effective, that’s their biggest asset, more-so than their formal weapons.

There’s a lot of scenarios I can go through, but in the end, I still think that ninjas would have prevailed.

 


Change Your Brain Change Your Body

I tend to stay up late, and right now I’m actually watching a PBS show right now called Change Your Brain Change Your Body. It features Dr. Amen of Amen Clinics, he’s pretty legit. He’s a multiple New York Times best-selling author, and I just learned he’s the host of 4 public television shows. I knew he was an author, but I checked out his Wikipedia page to learn more about him.

I’m learning a lot of the science behind what I do, some of which I knew, some I didn’t. He’s really going at it right now, he’s talking about some 10-step method, and being very emotional about his grandfather. He’s kind of tearing up. Awesome.

Change Your Brain Change Your Body System

Anyways, I think what he’s doing is really interesting, it takes everything I do and put it into a very conscious system. It’s not just about changing your body (weight loss and exercise) but also boosting your progress and overall health and success with your brain. It’s pretty simple when you look at it… And also really obvious since that’s the title.

He’s using timeless principles and backing it up with a lot of steps, and with science, and can help people tailor their own process for success.

He sort of reminded me that sleep is pretty important, I’ve realized it a lot lately, especially since I got about 10 hours last night and about 15 hours the rest of the week. I’ll try getting at least 7 now, preferably 8.

Here’s a short list of things he’s talking about:

  1. Sugar, coffee, sweeteners, and other bad things for you
  2. SPECT tests
  3. Peoples’ stories
  4. Reversing/improving brain problems
  5. How obesity is related to the brain
  6. A lot of ways to help
  7. Public television, and how I should buy his programs to help PBS
  8. Overweight brain types
  9. Not lying to yourself
  10. Brain size relative to brain size

And way more… I just don’t remember everything, and I’m kinda lazy.

What I do, which seems to go hand-in-hand with this:

  • Get morning exercise
  • Managing stress – using meditation and sometimes forms of hypnosis
  • Stay away from soda, candy, and desserts
  • Eat healthy in general
  • Infrequent drugs or alcohol
  • Not getting hit too hard in the head
  • Feel happier, and be more positive

Those are a few things I do, and so far I’m doing pretty well. I just thought it was interesting, and you should check out some things by Dr. Daniel G. Amen. No affiliate links, I’m not an internet marketer, I’m just sort of a fanboy.

Amen Clinics Site


Striking vs. Grappling

I was a little curious about what would happen when strikers and grapplers fought, so then I went to Google and typed in, “striker vs grappler”. And… The results were kind of funny to read. Especially this one.

Strikers don’t come up with new strikes apparently, while grapplers are always coming up with new ones? I’m probably being cliche, but I think they’re placing too much emphasis on both styles. Your fighting should be free from limitations. You can’t just accept a style at it’s face value because you’d be selling it short.


Thoughts on Bruce Lee…

I promised myself I’d never write this post… I didn’t want to comment on Bruce Lee — ever — but I suddenly have a lot of thoughts about him.

On the one hand Bruce Lee was trained in Wing Chun at 13 years old, and he built his Legendary career as a martial artist and an actor, publishing 1 book while he was still alive and several posthumously from his notes, and before he became famous also had a small chain of martial arts schools open.

On the other, even though he has footage of him performing and acting unedited, he’s never been recorded in a real fight. There’s even been one story about him almost losing a fight, and trying to cover it up so he wouldn’t have to have a rematch.

Personally, I think he’s incredible, and inspiring. He’s worked hard, trained for years, and laid a LOT of groundwork in how I think about fighting… And life, in general. He wasn’t a perfect example of his own teachings, but everybody goes down a bad path sometime. Especially celebrities.

I also think it’s really hard to evaluate how well he’d actually do in a streetfight (or in the UFC) since its never been recorded I don’t think and the fact that it’s a hypothetical… I wouldn’t really expect strangers to think I’m an amazing fighter, and they usually don’t, which is sort of nice actually since I have less standards to live up to lol. Realistically I have to at least tell them about martial arts, and be able to give some demos.

And if Bruce is anything like me (obsessive at note-taking) he would’ve constantly learning, and analyzing, and re-analyzing movement in different situations and styles, and anatomy, etc… Which he has. Does that include wrestling, though? Or just grappling in general? I’m not sure.

I’ve studied at a Judo school, where I sparred personally with the instructors (which usually hasn’t happened in my other schools), practiced against a lot of guys who are bigger than me, I’ve gone up against somebody who got a top 20 placement for wrestling in my province, and I’m just naturally competent with grappling… I’ve always been a decent wrestler. The striking-type-stuff is what I needed work on. So I have been working on it (for about 2 years now… *Ahem*.)

I’d be a little surprised if Bruce hadn’t realized that you could grapple. His interceptions (he believed that your attacks are also defenses that intercept your opponents attack – the more you know) probably would’ve countered grapplers since they’d go in for a move, then he’d intercept it. He was also a streetfighter, apparently, and grappling in a streetfight isn’t your best move.

Whether Bruce Lee was for real or not is sort of a mystery, but I know he’s changed the way millions and millions of people think about fighting. Including me. And I honestly thank him for that because I express myself through martial arts… If I didn’t have this macho sport, I’d be playing soccer or something. He’s helped me become a better student, and a better teacher.

I may/may not achieve the same amount of fame and success that he had either. But I’m a few steps ahead of him, I’m still young and I have the concepts of Jeet Kune Do to work with, as well as better technology and science. He’s left a lot of clues already, so I can pick up the pieces and make my own sort of masterpiece. It’s helpful to learn from people with more experience, it saves a lot of time.

That’s about it I think. At least for now.


20-1-1! Get ‘Er Done!!

Wow, I really love my grad class 🙂 They’re all great people. I seriously don’t think there’s ever gonna be another class that has the amount of kindness, and respect, and is more united, and affected each others’ lives (and the staff’s) like we have.

20-1-1! Get ‘Er Done!

We got 3 teachers to come up to a stage and talk about us (1 more later the next morning). Any other class literally couldn’t have possibly gotten all of them speak… It’s a long story, but in short, St. Joe’s Elementary alumni kick ASS! And we’re just great students in general.

We’ve had a lot of students drop out one year, only to come back… Or in my case, my classmates cared so much about you that they actually convinced me to stay! That’s love, dude. We even have new students joining us for the grad year, which I’m really happy about. And I don’t wanna put the down the people who left our class, but honestly some of them just weren’t good people. At least not since the last time I’ve seen them. Maybe they’ve changed?

But there’s no huge animocity for people anymore (or at least not like it used to be…) We were at each others’ throats — vicious. Rumours were spread, I’ve been embarrassed and humiliated, people fought, and were depressed, and I always noticed that people were always really angry, and bitter… I still sort of notice it. Our school sucks, but the 20-1-1 class is just impressive.

No class is can top ours. It’s impossible. We have more unique, insightful, talented, intelligent, compassionate people than I’ve ever seen or heard about… And plus we’re more fun to hang out with. Seriously, lots of people are just boring. They don’t do anything, and they complain about how stupid things are. If you’re gonna complain then at least have a good reason, and stop being a douchebag.

I’m glad I stayed with this class… I’m not abandoning them. I’ll always have their back, and I know they’ll have mine too. They could just call me up, and if someone’s bothering them, I’ll go up to that person and give ’em a swift kick to the nuts! They probably deserved it.

So, in short, no class can top the 20-1-1. Or is ever going to. Or ever has. We’re just the best.


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