In an effort to get this forum repopulated, I'll ask what style of martial arts do you study? What did you study and why did you stop? I know many of us have tried multiple styles, but what made you stick with the one you are currently practicing?
Every class I'm confronted with my mistakes and weaknesses, and on the drive home all I think about is how I can improve- and that translates into my everyday life as well.I can now attest that the experience of grappling with an expert is akin to falling into deep water without knowing how to swim. You will make a furious effort to stay afloat—and you will fail. Once you learn how to swim, however, it becomes difficult to see what the problem is—why can’t a drowning man just relax and tread water? The same inscrutable difference between lethal ignorance and lifesaving knowledge can be found on the mat: To train in BJJ is to continually drown—or, rather, to be drowned, in sudden and ingenious ways—and to be taught, again and again, how to swim... I am convinced, however, that training in BJJ offers a powerful lens through which to examine some primary human concerns—truth v. delusion, self knowledge, ethics, and overcoming fear. -Sam Harris
Nice, do you think you still retain muscle memory now? (I know your circumstances now are a little different) The reason I ask is that I haven't trained for some time but still have responses to random things that occur, such as a person running past, or in one instance getting into something sticky & being able to respond.Well, for me it helped since I had a rehearsed to reflex, technically applicable, and scalable response to a combatant that decided they wanted to step up to the plate. I think he got off easy in that "fight", if you want to call a one sided asskicking between a hadji-twig with an attitude and a 6'3" (1.9m) 1-milradian-from-berzerker-mode Ranger a "fight".
Without knowing combatives, the only option would have been to shoot the fucker and that was contrary to our mission... so combatives/martial arts knowledge directly contributed towards the accomplishment of the mission.
The other would-be-combatant who saw what happened to his buddy that tried to zerg rush me also became strangely compliant and docile after he saw what happened to his buddy.
That's what I was thinking, even though fitness or whatever changes the core skills remain. I'd like to know what others think.I'm older, fatter, out of the military, slightly damaged thanks to. The advantages are that I believe I've learned more "markers" for possible threats over the years where I am more in a proactive prediction mode of what might be issues and actively changing what I am doing to mitigate the effects those issues can cause (everything from changing lanes to making eye contact while having the wife swap sides or fall back during a walk on the street, as an example).
It's still there, although I'd venture that it's rusty. I wouldn't trust it wholeheartedly, but that's why I do holster drills. I can do that by myself, it's somewhat hard to practice takedowns to positions of dominance and following submissions by yourself... I'll be able to drill more (and in the process teach a valuable skill to her) once my daughter gets older and bigger. She won't be hair pulling in a fight unless it's to help drive a heavy knee to the head home. ;)
Yeah level one is a joke, level two is much better (at least with the old MACP courses). I'm not to sure with the changes made. Most of the level threes I've rolled with were on top of their game and solid on stand up and the ground.Karate
Wing Chun Kung Fu
I started Karate in high school and really enjoyed it, but as I moved up a little in rank the set forms started to annoy me more and more, I hated doing them and just wasn't interested.
Years later I took up Wing Chun and it really opened my eyes up, particularly with the flaws in Karate, I enjoyed the system until again the forms and dragon dancing thing turned me off.
I am a level one MACP instructor and I fucking hate it. I have no idea what it's like in the higher levels, I guess it gets a lot better but at level one I think it sucks and I just brain dumped that shit.
I realized I was interested in purely fighting and not the martial aspect of the arts. I learnt a few nasty moves over the years and if I'm ever seriously challenged and need to, my aim is to disable my opponent in one or two strikes. I'm interested in giving Krav Maga a shot, haven't as yet and honestly I'm a lot less interested in going hand to hand nowadays.
Good to know.Yeah level one is a joke, level two is much better (at least with the old MACP courses). I'm not to sure with the changes made. Most of the level threes I've rolled with were on top of their game and solid on stand up and the ground.
I was not impressed with Krav Maga, but its probably more to.do with the gym/instructor than the system itself. I'm not big on structured martial arts now, a good MMA gym with a solid boxing coach, BJJ, and or wrestling is how I lean these days.