Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Tempo Turn-Around.

Introduction.

Had insights again.

It's related with fighting with tense muscles or other body parts, therefore with an article about Re-Training Crotch & Groin Kicks as well.


Conditions.

When i get hit in muscles or other parts, it's natural reaction to back off, to turn defensive. after hitting once, skillful martial artists have tendency to hasten attacks, to barrage with strikes. it's also called a 'Attack Tempo Increase'.

It's related with 'Long Fights' duelling strategy as well.

When i'll be prepared to fight with tense muscles or other body parts, i can strike with stiff leg or other body part quickly - often suprising unprepared opponent, 'turning tempo against him'. Then i can increase attacks as he or she defends, forcing him or her to defensive.


Summary.

It's a strong defense/aggression maneuver.

i think it can be lifesaver in many real combat situations, including when armed with weapons.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Non-Violence in action.

today was in chinese restaurant, ordered some food.

there were a little more than a few of loud & vodka-drinking men, they were aggressive anti-judaists,
pro-christian, pro-islamic.

at least one of them trained judo martial art, he bragged he's strong & that he started in championships.

i counted them, they were in a number of six. i had a gas pistol with 6 shots of incapaciting gas (ammo will have to be replaced by next year's end - it's validity will time out by then) but i reminded myself of a non-violence promise i made not so long ago & decided to remain calm, quiet & unassuming, non-violent instead. i didn't reach for a gun, it would be stupid & insane if i did, anyway.

after a while my food arrived, i took it & left.

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i have that calm & non-violent attitude since youth, since i read martial arts philosophy books as a kid, since i listened to sensei' advices (sensei is a martial arts teacher). for a while i was different, more aggresive though - but that time thankfully passed already.

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later i considered what would happen if a woman i Love came into this restaurant with me.

i think i would take her outside, convince her that she leaves home while i'd wait calmly & bring us food home.

i'd even negotiate with a bartrender to pack food to carry home, even if my initial order was different.

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i also think that i should sit by exit next time if there are drinking people at restaurant - just in case i need to go outside. shooting gas at restaurant is dangerous, i could be caught in gas as well.

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with mantras:

MAHAKALA
OM MANI PEME HUNG
KARMAPA CHENNO

Peace, blessed be.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Languages & Wisdom of Martial Arts.

Martial Arts are very old, very wise & Philosophical.

Martial Arts use many languages, for example Animal Martial Arts Language. Martial Artists of old & recent, modern as well - study animals & their fights to create or understand or enrich styles - both old as well as new - of their own creation as well.

For example:
- if i tense muscles & my chest forward while raising arms as i am saying 'i am Gorilla' - i say 'i'll Protect',
- if i lazily pretend to kick low - i can be saying 'i have no motivation to train muscles, i'll train bone endurance on makiwara instead'; makiwara is a training sack filled with sand to prepare shin bones to kick low, middle & high; makiwara usually hangs from the low stand; untrained leg bones hurt much as kick meets opponent as well.

Animal Martial Art Languages often appear as stupid, but these carry lot of insidious wisdom nevertheless; it's a trick to confuse opponents & enemies as well.

i do not know this all very well, but i wish to improve - but not at all cost; at least i have opened eyes & Mind for that.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cigarettes, Lungs & Martial Arts.

... got insights, i am not sure, but still willing to try.

... got insights that smoking properly (slightly beyond comfort zone) increases lungs efficiency - especially when dropped in time.

Lungs efficiency & breath are important in Martial Arts.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

An Example Design of Artificial Intelligence for Martial Arts.

Artificial Intelligence is a software component of a machine that learns.

Parts of AI are known, included in code, parts are unknown - to learn from available data & experiments.

Algorithm is in short a plan for a Solution, for example for 'cooking a cake' or for choosing Martial Arts style against a certain opponent.

Abstraction is in short generalization, but still on topic - with skipping part of the details for now.

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As for the design:
- We wish for example to create or enrich a style to suit the needs against other style or against a certain opponent,
- We have initial style to start from or nothing at all,
- We have information about many or all of known & documented martial arts,
- We can have statistical data with styles performace against target style - including win/lose informations, amount of certain methods used (strikes, grapples, combinations, techniques, etc ...), amount of points scored with which methods as well, amount of succesful defenses & it's additional data as well,
- We can have models of combats (3D animation models) with scores & additional data as well,
- We can acquire more data in form of statistics or models, we can use even multiple models for single combat for better understanding as well (each of models can show something else, even if it's similar),
- We know the costs (measured in time to prepare mind/body & learn, for example average) of each of methods as well as our timeframe to learn the new style; we also known the 'building steps', methods that form more expensive methods as well,
- We are aware that certain longer combinations are tiring & sometimes dangerous as well,
- We analyze statistics & models to choose succesful combinations, add to proposed Solution (new style) & experiment as well. We can even generate animations (simulations) as part of experiments & learning as well.

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Artificial Intelligence can help to handle large amounts of input data, categorize & make decisions based on that. We can use AI to analyze films (made simultaneously from multiple cameras at different angles) to create 3D VR model for further processing.

With proper model we can analyze fights in details, how each of moves can 'extend' into another moves, how opponent breathes, how others react to his strikes; by body reactions we can check how good his atemi & ki are.

The same we can use to analyze ourselves, to check for possible counters & defenses against these.

Then we 'know enemy' & 'know ourselves' - we can assess threats to protect against and adjust our style accordingly with counter-moves & their prerequisites.

AI can conduct experiment with models as well, simulating fights for more of statistical data.

Such data & additional software can help to plan trainings for a given person or group (against a certain opponent or against a certain style), both kihon, kata & kumite.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Martial Arts, Virtual Reality, AI.

it's not a first time that i think about Martial Arts in: 'Art & Dharma Teachings' Project.

in my opinion Martial Arts should have special place in this Project.

Buddha Shakyamuni learned Martial Arts as well, after all, Martial Arts can be Tantric (Tantra is Holy Text).

i thought about Virtual Reality as a stage, it's possible to train Martial Arts as well - there are wireless VR Goggles, VR clothing that follows body movements & communicates with computer etc.

Artificial Intelligence can learn Martial Arts as well, can be used as a training partner.

Training Partners can be alive as well, the Internet can be used to communicate over a distance & VR Room can be a stage for duels or training.

... as for training films, i think VR is 'Deep 3D' - better than 'flat 3D' movies observable only from a single point; VR film is a data structure, camera(s) can be set in any place, even after films are made.

AI can learn for generations, reincarnations considered.

Artists can refine such films for generations, reincarnation considered.

... etc.

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P.S. Other Arts can also be taught using 'Deep Teachings' i think ... Dharma as well, in my opinion.

P.S.S. With a dedication to Marek Dembiński, my first important Martial Arts Teacher.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Combat Mind.

... i've heard this during a Karate lesson in BKKK from a Sensei (Martial Arts Teacher).

Trained participants fight their combats in Mind, then Body follows - as in a game of 'Chess'.

... had insights that best use Mind & Mantras to make decisions & attack opponent ... then trained body follows with maneuvers or maneuver series.

... had insights that Mantras can also be used attack Chakras of Opponents, then Body or Speech (Kiai) does that as well.

... i'll call this method, when combined with acute situation awareness: Combat Mind.

(Mantra is 'Protecting sound', any sound can be Mantra. Mantras can be spoken aloud or quietly, in Mind).


See also, if You wish or need, ... : Mudras & Chakras, Holy Way, Is Kiai important?.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Mudras & Chakras, Holy Way.

... had insights, but i am not expert as of yet.

i think that Mudras are Holy Gestures, i think that Martial Arts also have Mudras ... powerful Forms & Strikes, Holiness is not attained during one day.

i think that Chakras are energy centers or nervous centers in a living beings ... i think these can be also Holy.

... had insights that it's a Powerful way to fight using these methods, that i should develop these methods as far as my priorities allow, for they are underestimated by most.

(not only Atemi/Ki on Energy Centers, but also the efficiency of my own body's energy use during the combat).


Other ideas to consider: Atemi or Ki?, Qigong, Long Fights, Sources of Martial Arts Philosophy, ...




Atemi or Ki?

... i think both.

i understand Atemi as ability to strike precisely at a vulnerable point, while ki is focus on power of the strike.

used together they are a powerful & a quick way of defeating human opponent, with or without harming, but both require a lot of skill & training.

i also think that for someone with 2nd Dan aspirations, such as i ... it's worthwhile to focus more on Atemi over Ki.

... for Atemi is also Ki.

... i've experienced a truth & power of these words during one of Jiu-Jutsu lessons i had, when Sensei struck lightly at a point on my neck, i lost consciousness (without falling to ground) for a short while.

it's a very clear truth for me that even a slight touch can turn someone unconscious, rendering him or her unable to fight.

i got 'a homework' from this Sensei to study biological anatomy of a human being, as a part of Martial Arts practice ... i wish i had more time & focus for that, as far as my priorities allow.

i think i should study chakras (energy centers, nervous centers) mostly, got intuition that it's my way anyway.

i think both Atemi & Ki fall well with Karate Way, nevertheless.

i think both Atemi & Ki fall well within the style i am trying to develop anyway, as well.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Is Boxing a Martial Art?

i think everything can be an Art, Boxing included.

... Boxing, Judo, Wrestling, any of the sports.

of Martial type, in this case, as well.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Qigong.



Kyokushinkai Karate's Tensho Kata.

... my favourite Kata as well.

... while i am not sure of that,
... while i am not an expert in that,
... i think & feel it's quite related with Qigong,

... do not trust my words blindly, however,
... you can check on Your own, instead.



Blog author's experiences.

... i've read about Qigong, perhaps under a different name, years ago - when i've trained Karate Kyokushinkai at BKKK.

... at a certain point during my training activity i've been able to find energy for a very long trainig, perhaps this was an effect of a qigong exercise manifesting?


Introduction.

According to Buddhist, Daoist, and Confucian philosophy, respectively, qigong allows access to higher realms of awareness, awakens one's 'true nature', and helps develop human potential.

Over time, five distinct traditions or schools of qigong developed in China, each with its own theories and characteristics: Buddhist Qigong, Chinese Medical Qigong, Daoist Qigong, Confucian Qigong, and Martial Arts Qigong. All of these qigong traditions include practices intended to cultivate and balance qi.

Qigong is practiced for meditation and self-cultivation as part of various philosophical and spiritual traditions. As meditation, qigong is a means to still the mind and enter a state of consciousness that brings serenity, clarity, and bliss. Many practitioners find qigong, with its gentle focused movement, to be more accessible than seated meditation.


Buddhist Qigong.

In Buddhism meditative practices now known as Buddhist Qigong are part of a spiritual path that leads to spiritual enlightenment or Buddhahood.


Martial arts applications.

The practice of qigong is an important component in both internal and external style Chinese martial arts. Focus on qi is considered to be a source of power as well as the foundation of the internal style of martial arts (Neijia). T'ai chi ch'uan, Xing yi, and Baguazhang are representative of the types of Chinese martial arts that rely on the concept of qi as the foundation. Extraordinary feats of martial arts prowess, such as the ability to withstand heavy strikes and the ability to break hard objects are abilities attributed to qigong training.


T'ai chi ch'uan and qigong.

T'ai chi ch'uan (Taijiquan) is a widely practiced Chinese internal martial style based on the theory of taiji ('grand ultimate'), closely associated with qigong, and typically involving more complex choreographed movement coordinated with breath, done slowly for health and training, or quickly for self-defense. In modern practice, qigong typically focuses more on health and meditation rather than martial applications, and plays an important role in training for t'ai chi ch'uan, in particular used to build strength, develop breath control, and increase vitality ('life energy').


Source: Qigong on Wikipedia.




Kyokushinkai Karate's Taikyoku Kata sono Ni,

... it's almost most-liked Kata by me,
... just after Tensho Kata, as well.


Kobudō.

Okinawan kobudō, or simply kobudō, refers to the weapon systems of Okinawan martial arts.

There are weapons, there are kobudō styles that use different weapon combinations.

While i am not too picky, i prefer to not waste time ... i'll use kobudō as a way to learn:
- Unarmed,
- Tantojutsu (including knife throwing),
- Wakizashi,
- Bo & Jo,
- Katana,
- Ninjatō,
- Gun (Nonlethal Gas Gun during Peace, Lethal Glock Gun in case of War),
- Sniper Rifle (only during War).

... other important tools are:
- meditation,
- awareness & timing,
- a proper breathing methods,
- atemi, ki, chakras & qigong,
- movement & balance methods,
- strikes, mostly with arms, legs & weapons,
- mental & physical readiness for a long fights - even in a difficult situations,
- mental & physical readiness for a short fights - even in a difficult situations,
- grapples, throws & chokes,
- basics of fighting on ground,
- resistance against falling on ground, or being dragged down,
- ammo conservation & awareness of available tools,
- iai,
- methods for figthing against one enemy, as well as against more ... an exact number depends on tools,
- tactics,
- combat psychology,
- ...

... that's how i see this for now.

Real Combat Way, Sports Way, ...

... there are many ways, there are many needs.

i chose training for Real Combat - to be able to Protect, even at the cost of tournament wins, the purity of Kata forms, etc ...

... i can still participate in other ways, but not at all cost.

... Beauty & a Good Style of Martial Arts is still very important for me, but Safety should come first, nevertheless.

the sweat & disgraces during training are acceptable, but only as a way - to attain efficiency & style when this matters more.

Katana & Ninjatō.

... i aim for 2nd Dan in Martial Arts, in this life,

... with tantojutsu & unarmed martial ways, as well,
... with katana & wakizashi, with ninjatō as well,

... not only with kenjutsu & iaijutsu,

... not at all cost, however, as well.




Katana.



Katana.

Introduction.

Historically, katana were one of the traditionally made Japanese swords that were used by the samurai of feudal Japan. The katana is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard and long grip to accommodate two hands.

Description.

Antique Japanese (samurai) daishō, the traditional pairing of two Japanese swords which were the symbol of the samurai, showing the traditional Japanese sword cases (koshirae) and the difference in size between the katana (top) and the smaller wakizashi (bottom).

The katana is generally defined as the standard sized, moderately curved Japanese sword with a blade length greater than 60 cm (23 1⁄2 inches). It is characterized by its distinctive appearance: a curved, slender, single-edged blade with a circular or squared guard (tsuba) and long grip to accommodate two hands. It has historically been associated with the samurai of feudal Japan.

Western historians have said that katana were among the finest cutting weapons in world military history.

Forging and construction.

Katanas are traditionally made from a specialized Japanese steel called tamahagane, which is created from a traditional smelting process that results in several, layered steels with different carbon concentrations. This process helps remove impurities and even out the carbon content of the steel. The smith begins by folding and welding pieces of high and low carbon steel several times to work out most of the impurities.

Usage in Martial Arts.

Katana were used by samurai in practicing several martial arts and modern martial artists still use a variety of katana. Martial arts in which training with katana is used include Iaijutsu, battōjutsu, iaidō, kenjutsu, kendo, aikido, ninjutsu, and Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū.

Storage and maintenance.

If mishandled in its storage or maintenance, the katana may become irreparably damaged. The blade should be stored horizontally in its sheath, curve down and edge facing upward to maintain the edge. It is extremely important that the blade remain well-oiled, powdered and polished, as the natural moisture residue from the hands of the user will rapidly cause the blade to rust if not cleaned off. The traditional oil used is choji oil (99% mineral oil and 1% clove oil for fragrance). Similarly, when stored for longer periods, it is important that the katana be inspected frequently and aired out if necessary in order to prevent rust or mold from forming (mold may feed off the salts in the oil used to polish the katana).

Source: Katana on Wikipedia.


Ninjatō.



Ninjatō.



Introduction.

The ninjatō, ninjaken, or shinobigatana, are allegedly the preferred weapon that the Shinobi of feudal Japan carried. It is portrayed by modern ninjutsu practitioners (including Masaaki Hatsumi and Stephen K. Hayes) and is prominently featured in popular culture. Replicas of this weapon are also prominently on display in both the Koka Ninja Village Museum in Kōka, Shiga and the Iga-ryū Ninja Museum in Iga, Mie. Historically, there is no physical evidence for the existence of this 'katana-like short sword legendarily used by ninja', though it is believed that they are based on the design of the wakizashi or chokutō swords.

Appearance.

The ninjatō is typically depicted as being a short sword, often portrayed as having a straight blade (similar to that of a shikomizue) with a square guard. Usually of a length 'less than 60 cm', the rest of the sword is comparatively 'thick, heavy and straight'. Hayes suggests that the typical description of the ninjatō could be due to ninja having to forge their own blades from slabs of steel or iron with the cutting edge being ground on a stone, with straight blades being easier to form than the much more refined curved traditional Japanese sword. His second possible reason for ninjatō being described as a straight-bladed, rather short sword could be that the ninja were emulating one of the patron Buddhist deities of ninja families, Fudo Myo-oh, who is depicted brandishing a straight-bladed short sword similar to a chokutō. Stephen Turnbull, a historian specializing in the military history of Japan indicates of historical ninja: 'The most important ninja weapon was his sword. This was the standard Japanese fighting sword or katana ... for convenience the ninja would choose a blade that was shorter and straighter than usual.'.

Usage.

Due to the lack of historical evidence regarding the existence of the ninjatō, techniques for usage in a martial context are largely speculative. When used in film and stage, ninjatō are depicted as being shorter than a katana with a straight blade but they are utilized in a 'nearly identical' manner as the katana. Books and other written materials have described a number of possible ways to use the sword including 'fast draw techniques centered around drawing the sword and cutting as a simultaneous defensive or attacking action', with 'a thrust fencing technique', and with a 'reverse grip'.

The scabbards were often said to have been used for various purposes such as a respiration pipe (snorkel) in underwater activities or for secretly overhearing conversations. The scabbard is also said to have been longer than the blade of the ninjatō in order to hide various objects such as chemicals used to blind pursuers. The tsuba (hand guard) of the ninjato is often described as being larger than average and square instead of the much more common round tsuba. One theory on the ninjatō tsuba size and shape is that it was used as a tool, the sword would be leaned against a wall and ninja would use the tsuba as a step to extend his normal reach, the sword would then be retrieved by pulling it up by the sageo (saya cord).

Source: Ninjatō on Wikipedia.




Modern Ninjas with Ninjatō.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

Bodhidharma & Shaolin.

... The Bodhidharma taught Shaolin Monastery some martial arts to exercise their body,

... the reasons why Bodhidharma taught them was, as he saw all the monks are physically weak at that time,

... so with a 'Healthy Body will lead to a Healthy Mind' ...

Namaste, friends.

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... i've visited Zen Buddhist Centre 'Bodhidharma',

... years ago,

... when i've trained Karate Kyokushinkai in BKKK, at Riviera Club in Warsaw & more gyms.


... i've also read 'Three Zen Pillars' by Philip Kapleau, years ago.

... now i start to understand why.

Sources of Martial Arts Philosophy.

... while inspired by Bruce Lee, as it is for now at least, i intend to focus on mostly two of Great Strategy Deeds (Books):

1. Sun Tzu - 'Art of War' - methods of the sun, overt & covert.
2. Lao Tzu - 'Tao Te Ching' - methods of the moon, covert & overt.

... it's mostly these two deeds, as i strive for 2nd Dan in Martial Arts in this life, with a far more work later as well.

... i'll study other influences as well, however, as needed or neccessary.

see also, if You wish or need, ... : Chasing the Sun, Martial Arts Philosophy.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Krav Maga Tactics.

... there's someone who wishes to learn Krav Maga Tactics.

... i do as well, but i know nothing of that.

... i could use support in that respect, so i can share as well ... including posts on this blog, as a means of sharing, etc ...

Namaste, friends.


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Kabbalah for Beginners.

i think it's part of Judaism, thus related to Krav Maga - in a way, at least.
i heard on perhaps most important for me a Buddhist Course that Judaism is Intelligent as well.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Free Tibet.

... contrary to common opinion, i think Tibet's Freedom can be defended without war with China.

- how?
- by fighting worst common enemy, Terrorism.

- is it against Buddha?
- i think not. i serve Buddha, then Poland & NATO, using Chinese Methods for defeating Terrorism.

- do i serve China?
- yes, but not as a priority, i fight for Tibet's Freedom by serving China as a price. by fighting Terrorism.

- does fighting Terror in Poland helps China as well?
- i think yes, they have less places to run ... and hacking & the internet can reach far. Martial Arts as well, but with less of quickness & speed.

- is there anything else to add?
- i admire Shaolin Buddhist Monastery, in a Henan Province, China. other Shaolin Temples & places as well.

- which method is my operations?
- counterintelligence including intelligence & HACKINT (hacking intelligence, tech steals), a part of SIGINT (signals intelligence, sensors) with strong focus on TEXTINT (textual intelligence, keyloggers), but also IMINT (image intelligence, image & text recognition software ... but not just yet) ... perhaps more in future as well.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Weapons for Peace & War.

... what weapon i can go with during peace time?
- it's mostly nonlethal gas gun.

... what about during war?
- i think it's light sniper rifle for shooting at lightly armored car's gas tank, or pilots/drivers as well. ... perhaps this can be useful to counter the initiative of recon raids after enemies get signal. recon drones can help & fight to cover the escape as well. other things i consider is hacking, not only wireless, parachuting & motor-bike.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Duel Tactics: Long Fights.

How to defeat opponent with a fast maneuver series?

Tire him with a fight long enough, then strike with an a explosive strike combo.

Such maneuvers can be done in stages - for example: tire to catch off guard then disable leg to reduce defense & mobility ... then regain strength, tire & disable the hand-guard .... when enemy is disabled enough, finish him with explosive strike combo, connecting hits in all needed vulnerable points to knock out.

Coordinate time counting breaths, counting breaths & time awareness during combat is a very important precondition.

Meditate is You must, on that as well.

This requires endurance in a fight preparations, a lot of physical exerices that increase stamina ... as well as breath exercises so your Mind & Body, including Brain won't faint as Body deoxygenates as you tire as well.


See also, if You wish:
- Duel Tactics: Fast Strike.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Is Kiai important?

i think yes,

Kiai is paralyzing/weakening shout that is practiced as part of Karate, probably other Martial Arts as well.


i was advised to shout HUNG Mantra as Kiai, Mantra that develops both Body (Affecting Mind first, then Speech & Body), as well as Fearlessness Aspect of Mind.

HUNG Mantra transforms Anger into Fearlessness.

had insight that i have Karateka's HUNG Mantra ... there was a time when i've impressed myself with HUNG Mantra in a Buddhist Center during Meditation.


let's remind ourselves that Martial Arts come from Ancient Shaolin, a Buddhist Monastery in Henan provice, China.

Karate comes from Okinawa, near Japan ... but it's roots date to Shaolin as well.

in Buddhism one focuses on Mind's development, then thoughts & feelings become Speech & Actions of the Body.


... just had insight that with proper Speech development, Body's development is better.

i think it's probably true.

therefore, developing Kiai also helps in developing Martial Artist's Body, because of it's roots in Shaolin & Buddhism.