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Fat hobbit Tuesdays, how I hateses them!

Brief run down of Real Bout University last night - I was soundly beaten.

I am quite thoroughly bruised along both arms. And I have lumps on my head. In my opinion, nuwishas_tail hits way too hard, but I come from a school of martial arts where you do not want to waste momentum on over committing to cuts and where misplaced strikes can infact lead to broken bones.

You learn fairly early on that the centifigal force of a two meter long weapon will lead to pain, so you learn accuracy is your friend. You also learn that swinging about wildly will only lead to missed targets, and pain. And possibly broken bones.

Do not strike until you know there is an opening (by forcing an opening or when your opponent opens one themselves), and do not waste your strike by getting it wrong - every strike should be a perfect cut. Perfect form, perfect accuracy, perfect tension of the strike, and the ability to respond once more should that strike fail - a balance between strength and flexibility.

This is how I look at shiai.

I am very, very tired. Too much stress, emotional trauma and work over too long a space of time will do that to you.


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Sep. 21st, 2004 12:30 am (UTC)
The BJJ perspective...
What you say i find intensely agreeable. Most of the Japanese Martial arts are about quality of technique rather than quantity or intensity of techniques. Definitely so in Karate and Judo. But allow me to offer the BJJ perspective...

Loose the oversized toothpick and shoot in on his big dumb lanky legs for the takedown! I'm telling you, Joshy boy has a weak ground game, and cannot sprawl to save himself. If you get the mount, he will not be able to stop you from choking him. (however take ahigh mount because he has big dumb lan ky legs and can off balance you if he bridges) Sure your friends will think you and josh have a bit more of an intimate relationship than brother and sister should have, but hey, hes apretty guy, your apretty girl, who can blame you...
Sep. 21st, 2004 12:57 am (UTC)
Re: The BJJ perspective...
I fight fair when martial arts are concerned. I follow the rules, I respect my oponent, and I obey the judges orders or rulings without question. I see it as an opportunity to learn from my oponent, and to help them learn from me. There is a great deal of courtesy and politeness involved when I spar.

However if it came down to it, I would stop fighting fair. THEN there'd be trouble. That's the difference between my brother and I, you see - when push comes to shove, he would fight hard but I would fight dirty. The dirty, nasty, no-holds-barred folk (particularly when they are cornered girls) are the ones you've got to look out for.

I'm faster then he thinks I am - he'd go down messily. :)
Sep. 21st, 2004 02:18 am (UTC)
aww, wow, now i feel really bad about the arms.

very sorry for that

not going to argue the merits of styles, i have been told (on occasion) that i hit quite hard, that must be it.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 01:57 am (UTC)
In the martial arts I do, if you don't hit hard enough to (notionally) penetrate armour if you were using a real weapon, it doesn't count. (Which is why I found Kendo gauntlets way underprotective: for what we do, they are.)

So, not in a position to judge these matters. Find the post and comments interesting though.
Sep. 22nd, 2004 06:16 am (UTC)
Re: Differences
the four slats of a shinai give it far greater flexibility, so the hit can be hard, but the armour doesnt need to be as rigid as in SCA as the bamboo slats have a lot more give than a rattan sword.

That being said, the torso armour is rigid, (the trick is to hit the armour, not the armpit) the grill work that takes most of the hits to the head, but again, the sword gives.

MY gauntlets are way WAY too soft, they should be firm, so i frequently come away battered.

plus, if your opponent misses the target (the armour) you take the full hit to the flesh. ouchies

i had two ribs broken like that, but its very very rare to be hurt that badly.

so, due to the strange matching, i clobbered becka off the armour, my bad, but, she's right, in kendo we hit hard, to penetrate armour and kill with one shot. even the wrist strikes are only a prelim to a throat thrust or a head shot.

we dont have the luxuary of a two meter long staff with a heavy blade on the end. lot of momentum in that, so with what we have, to be combatitive one hits hard. now, i didn't need to be hiting so hard for competative purposes, but i think under the stress of the mismatched weapons, i was just fighing hard to get in there and make it count

again, i guess i was a bit hard. and not always on target against a novel target. but kendo is a full contact art, and i take my licks

i am sorry for becka's bruises
Sep. 22nd, 2004 07:08 am (UTC)
Re: Differences
In SCA heavy comabat, bruises are part of the fun.

So to speak ...
Sep. 21st, 2004 07:43 am (UTC)
i hope you kicked his sorry ass! i hate so much 'conan' kendo ppl, who rely so much more on strenght and hard hits rather than skill.

i just want to renzoku them hell and back to show them speed is better than brute force heh heh heh.
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