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Entries from October 2010

Perry Bible Fellowship on Martial Arts

October 30th, 2010 · 6 Comments

Which of these comics is most relevant to your practice of martial arts?

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Skeleton clown comic
Skeleton Clown

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Italian Spiderman and Friends

October 24th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Italian Spiderman


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How to Win at Kickboxing (The Wrong Way)

October 20th, 2010 · 10 Comments

By Tim Ferriss, no-holds-barred cage fighter, kick-boxer-pusher, and the author of the bestselling book The 4-Hour Workweek

In 1999, sometime after quitting my second unfulfilling job and eating peanut-butter sandwiches for comfort, I won the gold medal at the Chinese Kickboxing National Championships.

The 4-Hour Workweek

It wasn’t because I was good at punching and kicking. God forbid. [Read more →]

Combat Judo in the Cobra-Kai

October 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment

From the 2008 reptile documentary Life in Cold Blood:

Cobras grapple not only with their prey, but with one another, in dispute over mates and territory. This is one of the most formidable: the King Cobra, highly venomous, and about four meters (fourteen feet) long. Disputes between rival male King Cobras are potentially very dangerous indeed, for this species specializes in eating other kinds of snakes. So they observe strict rules in their fights, which prohibit the use of their lethal bite.

Slowed down, it’s a performance full of grace, as each contestant strives not to kill his opponent, but simply to slam him to the ground.

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Three Questions About Submission Grappling

October 17th, 2010 · 3 Comments

  1. If you knew someone was trying to kill you in a fight, at what point would you give in, and allow them to succeed?
  2. If you wanted a competitor to submit to your authority, would killing them instead demonstrate a failure or a success?
  3. Do you believe that submission grappling and self-defense are basically the same thing?

SlowFlo: The Christian Alternative to Tai Chi?

October 12th, 2010 · 37 Comments

Are you feeling run down? Suffering from tired blood? Do encounters with foreign cultures leave you confused and angry?

SlowFlo Tai Chi

If so, then we have a solution for you. It’s called SlowFlo, the Christian alternative to Tai Chi.

Inspired by Chuck Norris, the art of SlowFlo reforms the inscrutable pagan art of Tai Chi Chuan into a safe and guilt-free form of Christian exercise. [Read more →]

Why Are White Belt Fighters So Dangerous?

October 7th, 2010 · 21 Comments

Many experienced martial artists believe that, of all the different categories of training partners, absolute beginners are the most dangerous. To outsiders, this sounds like a paradox. Shouldn’t those with the least martial arts training be the least dangerous?

It is not truly a paradox, only a misconception. And not all white belts are dangerous, obviously. But those that are, if only on the mat, are so for the following reasons.

Their goal is always to win. They don’t yet understand the difference between trying to win, and trying to cultivate the skills that one uses to win. Real fights are chaotic affairs, and chaos is not a proper breeding ground for skill development; thus, training in respectable martial arts consists of a series of games, first introducing support structures (e.g. rules and conventions), then dismantling them one step at a time.

The need for, or value in this approach is not obvious–and it is not always explained at the outset. So some white belts never appreciate the context of their practice. Others consider themselves above the “organized despair” of the “traditional mess,” and when a rule stands between them and a sparring victory, they break it without hesitation. The conventions and rules of training, they reason, are “unrealistic in a real fight.” [Read more →]

Busty Heart Splits Planks With Cans, Smashes Fruits With Melons

October 3rd, 2010 · 6 Comments

Some Martial Development readers have alleged that I am overly critical of breaking practices in the martial arts. To be fair, it is not all vanity and deceit, and if I’ve previously implied that its adherents are all boobs, then I must apologize.

Busty Heart

Yes, hitting bags alone isn’t much fun. And when properly executed, breaking can build power, control, and self-confidence. With diligent practice, you can bust an entire rack of melons, or a nicely stacked set of boards.

In the following videos, model and stripper Busty Heart shows her breaking talent. [Read more →]

Steven Seagal: The CIA’s Final Option

October 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Steven Seagal has long inspired controversy among his fans and foes alike. [Read more →]