Thursday, June 19, 2014

'Relaxed Discipline'.

i think Martial Arts require what one can call a 'Relaxed Discipline'.

... at least starting from a certain point in training, i think.

this requires:

- Calm Mind,
- Relaxed Muscles,
- Discipline.

this can also be called 'Silkie' or a 'Silk Discipline', i think.

i think there are moments when muscles tighten, for example: for a short moment during a strike.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Don't forget about a basic Guard.

one can think that one should not forget about basics, such as a 'basic guard'.

when training strikes originating from 2nd guard ('knee-block readiness', a low Guard, in my case) one should also train returning moves ('transitions', in my case; pl: 'przejścia' w moim przypadku) to a basic guard. so after blocking a knee strike one can strike fast then return quickly to a basic guard (covering mid-upper torso and head mostly).

rest of 'transitions' can be practiced (trained) later.

Monday, June 16, 2014

2nd Kihon.

i think that Kihon is basic practice of Martial Arts moves, such as punches, kicks or other strikes or blocks.

when i've trained Kihon for first time, with basic set of moves, it was painful, tiring process. moves were inefficient, slow.

then learned to execute them better, much better, even if not perfectly.

now with new set of moves, i go through the same ordeal... execution is laughable, whole body moves like a 'fat kid's ass', even if it's a punch from other guard position.

i call this training: '2nd Kihon'.

we'll see.

Insight into training new methods.

a thought in Mind occured that i should not train 'new' (more or less, perhaps i know them from 'kung-fu' lessons of my childhood) moves too much.

to not overstrain muscles, causing injury.

this would be only troubles and a delay in training, among other.

first training lessons at this moment are quite short, but with caution they increase in length.

Length of a Proper Training Session.

- How long one should train during one session for effort to be considered enough?
- in my opininon 2 - 6 hours, perhaps more. 'True Development happens beyond the Comfort Zone' afterall. but someone not in shape should prepare first... starting with shorter sessions... about 5 minutes, adding a little each day until that kind of shape is achieved over the years of training regularly each day, 4 - 6 days a week. perhaps with breaks for Winters.

- how author (neomahakala108) trained until this point?
- not very intensely compared to above standards: 1,5 - 3 hours a day, 2 - 4 days/week for 4 years... and little more, 2 more years in total. peak of effort & shape was a month of summer Karate course, quite intense.

- why not train longer?
- it's not very healthy, i think. strained muscles, and so on.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

is Computer a weapon?

- is Computer a weapon?
- one can think anything can be used as a weapon. (answer is: yes, possibly, more than most of people think).

- can someone use Computer to kill?
- no, but there's a risk that someone will. (theoretically it is possible to kill using computer).

- does author (neomahakala108) wish to kill anyone?
- no.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Muscles & Nervous System.

one can think, but i am no expert.

one can think that any a Martial Artist needs to have properly prepared (trained) nervous system & muscles, among other things.

nervous system carry information, 'orders' for muscles & other body parts to be executed after a Martial Artist decides to make a move.

unprepared nervous system is inefficient at delivering such 'orders' for muscles, causing some of muscles to oppose other muscles, with result of very slow, weak, imprecise, tiring, painful moves such as strikes or other moves.

trained muscles allow for proper move execution and are efficient at such. they are not only properly formed (physical shape), but also proper type, amount and so on.

muscles & nervous system are developed during whole training, not only during Kihon. Kihon is most basic moves repetition, in opinion of mine - still most important in developing muscles & nervous system.

after repeating the same move many times, body adapts, making the move executed easier, faster, better, more precisely... if trained with proper focus, dedication, intensity & effort.

different moves require different training, martial art styles are combinations of what works well together in my opinion. it's worth in my opinion to learn from the best, as long the initial training experience proves that the style suits your preferences, body health & such. many martial artists spend 3 years seeking proper teacher, before deciding to join a school.

adding moves, such as adding half-positions and moves that can be executed from such, requires additional training, judging from my experience. one thinks that basics should be mastered first, before enriching one's style with more details and not only details.

recently i've started to practice a move from 'standard guard' mentioned earlier, to 'knee block readiness' position mentioned earlier. opposite move as well (in opposite direction). goal was (and is) that one understands 'X-Guard' better, and practice nervomuscular paths around it*. noticed some strain in muscles as one proceeded, so one knows that this move can also be optimized, trained to be effortless, fast and well known part of one's a fighting style. so this one can feel certain during such maneuvers.


- can nervous system be attacked?
- one thinks yes... if one understands anatomy & practices this Atemi on a nervous system. one such as i has that as a homework to do for one of my teachers at least (Ju-Jitsu, perhaps more).

-- neomahakala108


* PL: 'i praktykować ścieżki nerwomięśniowe dookoła półpozycji eks-gardy'

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Delayed Defense & Speed.

Often it's better to wait until opponent overextends, with defense.

if such attack is diverted, or defeated in other way, we have advantage, as it usually puts opponent off-balance in a way.

if we have speed advantage we can switch guard and wait for proper moment to defend this way, preparing for a moves combination even (for example: by calming Mind and observing, planning, perhaps more).

therefore, extra speed is never wasted if we have experience.

i have this untrained yet.

X-Guard, a half-position.

i noticed that there's interresting position that occurs in between many moves.

in context of this post:

* 'knee block readiness' is both forearms horizontal at waist level, hand above hand, in preparation for softening and stopping or diverting a knee strike.

* 'standard guard' is with both forearms covering upper torso and chins, with fists just ahead and below ears. elbows close to body, and fairly close to each other, so forearms are parallel to each other vertically.

when switching from these positions (in any direction), there's a point where wrists meet, almost touching, and forearms are crossed.

i call this position 'X-Guard'. many would call it 'Cross Guard' however. one does not know exact difference if any, one can only suspect.

from this position strikes can also originate, double arm push as well, haito tsuki described earlier, perhaps more moves too.

i think 'X-Guard' can be another point when either of a half-horizontal guards (one forearm horizontal at waist level, other forearm vertical with fist next to chin) can be reached. or a 'standard guard' can be reached. or 'knee blocking readiness' position can be reached as well... switching from this point to such guards will require training for coordination and thus also speed. Opposite ways as well.

it has uses. for example when opponent starts a strike, then changes mind and returns (to position) when we move arms to block, we can strike from X-Guard, attacking tempo that way... we are faster and perhaps will hit opponent before he's able to defend properly. i had insight that such can be called 'attack from a half-position' (pl: 'atak z półpozycji').

Tuesday, June 10, 2014


i know a little...

Dojo is name for a place for Martial Arts practice.

Do means the Way.

Jo is type of a fighting stick. perhaps it's only one of many meanings.

Shaolin means 'Young Forest'. it is famous Buddhist Monastery and Martial Arts Dojo, i think.

Learning should start under trained Masters in my opinion, and should continue in the Dojo of such if possible. This costs money in Today's World.

in my opinion it's good practice to go to different Dojos, without leaving Sensei (Teacher), to Learn.

i think Martial Arts should be joined, unique style created.

i think that after years of initial practice, Martial Arts can be practiced also without supporting Dojo, without going there, but it's not as great.

i practice at home and in park occasionally, when i can... in preparation for better times for training. it's not intense enough though to consider it seriously and add to my training years statistics.


Haito Tsuki.

i think nonlethal Martial Art methods are useful.

i think Haito Tsuki (properly executed straight push with hand's inner edge) can be quite bold, strong and nonlethal. especially Jodan - aimed at opponent's face (around nose in this case, perhaps not only).

it seems that i can execute this move from all three guards i mentioned earlier fairly well.

mostly with right arm/hand, for now at least.

it can be combined with other moves, for example with wrapping other arm around opponent's waist to bring opponent down.


* what is inner many disagree, but from viewpoint of a Meditator, just put both hands on each other while sitting in a half-lotus meditative position, on your lap. then you'll know which part is inner.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Breath & Water during Training.

i think that it's efficient to breathe properly and deeply during Martial Arts Training, and often... to avoid losing consciousness due to intense effort.

i think drinking water occasionally, during pauses in training, can help too.

but NOT eating.

Eating before Training?

i think it's best to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before one starts to train in Martial Arts.

to avoid problems such as vomiting, due to intense effort with full stomach.

if i have time, i prefer to wait ~2 hours. (~ means 'about', or 'more or less').

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dishonoring Artist.

i think that Dishonoring Artist is great offense.

in my case mostly Martial Artist.

there are effects to this cause.

a Mind/Body Martial automaton?

From my limited viewpoint, i think that Mind is like a Finite-State Automaton and body follows it's state changes.

If a Mind/Body is properly trained, then a Martial Artist can fight like automaton, with a fairly low failure chances.

i think workings of Mind/Body in context of a Beginner's Martial Arts can be described like that to many.

At a certain point however, set of available states and transitions can be enriched and training starts anew, exit of limited loop into a little more, then again, again and again... with Reincarnation process included into this.

3 Guards.

i think, but am no expert...

i think that guards are arms and whole body's positions used to prepare for easier defense or attack execution.

during Karate lessons i worked mostly with one, basic i think, Guard.

Legs spread a little, body position lowered a little, one foot forward, arms upward vertically covering chins and face parts, and upper torso. elbows close to each other.


i gained more moves, that i have unpracticed yet.


i work mostly with three positions of arms:

- basic guard i learned a little during Karate lessons,
- horizontal/vertical guard, good for capturing legs then striking faster, without needing to raise both arms fully before strike. it's lower arms position than above arms guard.
- extended forward arms guard, without clenching hands into fists. i think it can be useful for capturing weapons before they come too close to body, in an attempt of divert/dodge. whole body moves away to side, while arm diverts weapon's trajectory.

these three arms guards positions can be easily 'transitioned' from each to each and back, so i think it can be coherent style with enough of a practice.

perhaps there are more moves that i could use, but i prefer to work on basics first.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Pistol Iai.

- can Martial Arts' Iaido be combined with Pistol?
- i think yes. Martial Artists practice also with weapons, not only Ancient.

- do Martial Arts Training ease burden of holding Pistol in a fixed position with outstretched arm?
- i think it can help. muscle training and focus mostly, i think.

- do Martial Arts help in fighting using Pistol other ways?
- i don't know. perhaps situation awareness (Iaido part?), or other... ?