Friday, May 21, 2010

Need help before I snap?

I used to do a lot of martial arts, and I really enjoyed the competition of fighting. But eventually I quit because I was getting scared that I liked fighting people way too much. That was 6 years ago.

Over the time, it feels like I've been wanting to fight someone, anyone, way too much. But I've just held it away. At work recently, I have a superviser who for no reason; hates me. She claims I don't work when I've been busting my *** all day and when I first started got mad at me for not doing anything when the reason I wasn't doing anything was because she wasn't training me. I can't do the job if I don't know how, unless you want a lot of problems.

Lately it feels like I'm about to snap and wail on someone; wouldn't be surprised if it was my superviser. Any advice on how to deal with this before someone gets hurt?

Need help before I snap?
Take a deep breath and stay calm . I would go to the manager and ask them for an opinion whether they agree or disagree with the supervisor. If they agree all you can do is ask them for more training and hopefully u will improve. Dont b worrying just think positive.
Reply:Don't snap.... TELL HER!
Reply:Head to the gym and take it out there on a bag or something.
Reply:Liking competition is not bad and liking a good fight should not scare you.

If it does start to scare you, you should talk to a professional who can help you divert that energy.

For now, buy a punching bag with a picture on it, and do look into the yellow pages.
Reply:You could take up "Ultimate Fighting" or just head to the gym. As long as you know your limit , and it's in a safe environment, I think that if you like to fight then get back into it. It would be a good way to let off steam before or after work.
Reply:Don't change one sick horse for a three legged one.

You are creating your own 'prison'. You don't want the responsibilty of making a wrong decision. Too bad, that's life Mr. Kung-fu-eee!

Make choices, then act....stop the self-pity. Get use to the idea that there is a b*tch around every corner.

You are breathing...that's all you deserve.

Face the consequences of your decisions.

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What is the name of this book?

I read this book over twenty years ago. I do not remember the name or the author, only bits and pieces of the story itself.

It starts after WWII in Japan. The central character is white and he is in Japan to learn the martial arts.

At one point he is trying to learn 2 different styles at the same time and not doing very well in either. One of his instructors tell him the story of the dog that chased two rabbits,

The dog lost both of them.

Another part of the book went something like this. The central character is by himself on the subway and he is accosted by a drunk Japanese guy. He takes a couple of hits and then gets tired of it. So the next time the Japanese guy takes a swing, our hero deflects the arm up exposing the armpit (which has a bundle of nerves located there named the floating rib). One short punch later the drunk is out on the flour and no one says anything to our hero. He is worried that if his instructors find out that they might ban him from training for a while.

What is the name of this book?
See if you can find it in, they have an advanced search you can do for text within a book.
Reply:mr popers penguins??
Reply:life in the martial arts

Im thinking about moving to australia to live from england. Can anyone give me info on the process?

Details: Im a "semi qualified" musician (although I have being doing pro music work off the weight of my experience for a while including tuition, studio, production and live work), born english, classed as disabled now after being sectioned (epilepsy related illness) a while back but will be shedding that banner and going back to work if I decide to leave the country in the near future.

Main concerns are the fact that I have a pet to consider (a rat) and a small collection of martial arts weapons (nothing particulary lethal btw. a set of blunt cheapo samurai swords, a blunt cheapo refurbished chinese longsword, 2 steel whips, a staff, a wooden 3 section staff and a metal 3 section staff) that I use for training with. How would these factors affect the process. I am well aware of the impliocations of taking animals and what may be viewed as dangerous weapons overseas. My plan once there would be to get any kind of job to get a flat while I set up my music tuition business.

Im thinking about moving to australia to live from england. Can anyone give me info on the process?
Australia is very picky about applicaitons they will accept. They are looking for teachers, and some other qualitifed jobs.

They just do not let anyone come in the country just to live.

They have very tight controls even on if you want to visit, i know it took me months to get oked just to vacation there and that normal.
Reply:Not much call for epilectic vermin loving music hobos in this country.dont bother they wont even take your 20th application.

The various sports events, Pride, and whatnot...?

For those who watch and/or participate in these competitions?

1) why? What do you get out of it?

2) do you think it is real martial arts or are people like me just grumpy and sticks in the mud?

3) would you prefer to be involved one of these sports mas or a traditional style and please state why for either answer?

For traditionalists who do both I have a question:

1) do you find the sport ma interferes with your traditional training?

Frankly, I am becoming fatigued with the spate of "will [name entered here] win in [name of sports ma here]" questions and I am also tired with "will [name of sports ma practitioner here] beat [name of sports ma practitioner here]"

I have never had any desire to participate in or watch these things and I do not understand the draw. Likewise I do not enjoy watching boxing or WWE.

The various sports events, Pride, and whatnot...?
I've been giving this some thought.

1. I have studied 'mixed martial arts' before they started calling it MMA. I've studied striking styles, grappling styles, and styles like Hapkido, which combine grappling and striking. Although I have never entered an MMA tournament, I have been in both striking and grappling competitions where I could have used skills from the other styles but the rules would not allow it. Even now, Hapkido isn't a viable style in the UFC because the rules forbid most of the techniques used in Hapkido. There's a good reason for this. If you apply a wrist lock and then strike the forearm to dislodge the wrist, you can do serious damage that isn't practical in a sporting event.

2. I think that sporting events like UFC, Pride, K-1, etc. are attracting a new breed of fighters. In the early days, you saw black belts who had years of training in their respective styles. These martial artists had not trained for this type of competition before and were forced to adapt to a set of rules. Today, fighters are well aware of the rules and train accordingly. Listen to the introductions of these fighters. Some are still introduced as 'Muay Thai Fighters' or 'Brazilian Jujitsu Fighters', while others get introduced as 'Mixed Martial Artists' or 'Free Style Fighters'. The term 'Free Style' could refer to a mixed martial artist, or it could be someone who hasn't studied at all and is just a street fighter. Either way, they are all bound by the same rules once they enter the ring.

3. These sports are gaining popularity. Because they are a sport and not scripted entertainment like pro-wrestling, people can bet on them. The reason boxing has such a bad reputation for being 'fixed' is because it is the easiest sport to control the outcome. Team sports are much harder to fix because you have to rely on more than just one person (Anyone remember the 'Chicago Black Sox'?). In boxing, you just have to get one guy to agree to take a dive. In MMA competitions this is even easier to do because you don't have to fake being knocked out. All a fighter has to do is take the fight to the ground and 'accidentally' get caught in a submission. Think it can't happen? Neither did boxing fans. Money is more dangerous than any martial art.

These events are competitions for those who wish to either test their skills or seek glory among their peers. There isn't necessarily anything wrong with either of those things, nor is it wrong to not pursue either of those things. Many fighters in Thailand compete in order to win a championship so that they can retire and open their own gym and make money to support their families. If I wanted to become an MMA coach, I have no resume to attract young fighters. I would either have to compete myself or find someone willing to take a chance on me.

Look at what UFC did for Gracie Jujitsu. I grew up about a mile from their gym and never knew it existed. After the UFC, there is a waiting list to get signed up and people actually move to California to train there.

You say you are tired of the 'Who will beat who' questions, but they are here to stay. Click on any of the sports topics and you will see the same questions. Whether its 'Will Man U beat Arsenal' or 'Will the Yankees beat the Red Sox', every sport has these types of questions.
Reply:I completely agree with you. =)

The End.
Reply:Entertainment and with MMA it is a sport still in its infancy so watching the evolution of the fight game is what fascinates me. Perhaps since you dislike boxing too, you would prefer team sports. I am sure most MMA fans would be appalled by your WWE comparison.
Reply:i'm a practitioner and rabid fan of MMA, and can see that you don't get it. i've been into it since UFC 2 when i first saw gracie destroy the compettion with techniques i had never concieved of. at the time i was in high school and was a skilled in baseball, football, wrestling, and track, so i apreciated the athleticism of the contestants. i always rooted for the wrestlers because i could relate to them. now my view has evovled with the sport and i'm aware that you must cross train and be able to take advantage of every oppurtunity. you must also be able to defend against your opponent's style. i was floored by the idea of letting everybody bring whatever style the practiced to the table to see who was best. watching it evolve and become mainstream has been refreshing. i remember buying tickets to go watch it in niagra falls in '95 or '96 and at the last minute they had to pull the plug because the sport was still a bit barbaric, and NY athletic commission posed many sanctions on the event. it's come a long way since then, and it's going to grow much bigger.

it's clear a lot of the traditionists of most common martial arts styles in the world are annoyed because these competitions have exposed how narrow and impractial their styles are when put into action against the more rounded MMA styles that have come rule the fight scene. these katas and kung fu forms may be pretty to watch, and teach discipline and control, and they may take down the completely inept school bully, but that's about it.

bottom line- MMA is here to stay. the athletes will get bigger, and stronger, and make much more money. the events will be more and more main stream, and there will always be ignorant people who can't relate in any way whatsoever. who will know they could never under any circumstances compete. and, of course, have the nerve to mention MMA in the same breath with WWE.

good luck kid.
Reply:1) I like to watch how fighting is done, how certain techniques are done, how people use same techniques in different way, see how they deal with other techniques, and it's fun to watch two different styles fight. It is always interesting. Also I learn many different techniques, stratergy, and counters from watching. I mean those guys are some of the best fighter we know of in the world, so why not learn from watching them?

2) I think it's martial arts. I don't think there's a true way to definite martial artists. It's same with religions, some people are uptight about it while some others are very laid back and relaxed. Some martial artists choose to try live by the code rigidly, some choose to test themselve out, and some choose to make a career out of it. If you think there's a certain requirement for people to meet to be consider as a martial artists, please tell us where you get the requirement from.

3) I perfer to be involve with sport mas because I feel like I recieve better training. What kind of instructor wouldn't try to train their students as best as they could then toss them in ring? In traditional style, it's not always easy to tell if the instructor geniunely are trying to train their students as best as they could. So this kinda push me away from traditional. Also I LOVE to spar/grapple, it's fun and it also build more respect among the students.
Reply:First off MMA is the real deal. its not scripted like pro wrestling(WWE). it is better than / more safe than boxing. boxing has a long history of being fixed+ if you get your head beat in for 12 rounds and they give you 8 sec. to answer the bell you have more of a chance of serious brain damage. MMA the fight will be stopped as soon as 1 fighter taps out (submits) is unconscious(ko'd or passed out from a choke) or cannot intellegently defend himself(completely getting his butt kicked). all fights in UFC at least are sheduled for no more than 5 rounds. and is sanctiond by an athletic commision.

What really makes the sport great is that you must be trained in various forms of martial arts.not only must you be well versed in boxing/kickboxing but you must also be able to grapple.. ie wrestling jui-jitsu judo etc. if you ever have the chance watch a fight night on Spike (dont know if i can advertise that) and see for yourself the actual work and skill it takes for these athletes to compete in the sport. It might give you a different outlook on MMA.
Reply:MMA is using many different styles of martial arts which if you look at one of the most brilliant martial artists in the world, Bruce Lee, he was always improving his art by using different techniques from other forms of martial arts. Those that believe that only one kind of martial art is the best is narrow minded and doesn't see real athleticism and art in MMA. Yes occasionally you will get your fight that just looks like a bar fight but the intricacies of MMA are seen by those that really understand the concept of using an open mind to achieve ones goals (which is what most martial arts are all about).
Reply:I totally agree with you and find the mma fighters misusing their martial arts completely. I find it irritating as the media vexes the people to think martial arts is only learned how to beat someone up.

Boxing however I accept as a western martial art. There's nothing wrong with it

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Which is less damaging to your joints, power lifting or endurance lifting?

My martial arts instructor has been haranguing us about the importance of conditioning etc. so I'm currently working my way up on an endurance lifting programme, doing curls %26amp; presses with a comparatively low weight (20kg + bar) on 4-6 sets of 15-25 reps... I decided to do endurance lifting because power lifting is only recommended on an alternate day basis and I want to lift every day (although if we've had a hard session at training I might be tempted to skip a workout and just have a shower and go to bed!)

Anyway, I was curious as to what strain this was putting on my elbow joints, and whether higher reps on a low weight were more or less likely to cause joint strain than lower reps on a high weight (i.e. power lifting.)

Does anyone have any studies they can point me to? Or medical knowledge, personal experience etc.?

Which is less damaging to your joints, power lifting or endurance lifting?
i used to power lift and now i need sodium hyaluronate injected into my joints 3 times a year so i can move about, im 29 years old and will never lift more than 5kgs again ... and thats not by choice
Reply:power liftin

Question about the Human Weapon episode on Krav Maga. I'm looking for the protective gear used in the show.

I am looking for the the blue upper body protective vest and black head gear that was worn by the Israel combat unit during the training at the end of the show. Anyone know who the manufacturer is of either of these pieces or where I can purchase them for my own Martial Arts school?

Question about the Human Weapon episode on Krav Maga. I'm looking for the protective gear used in the show.
I think this head peice is similar...

as far as vest's ,i couldnt find anything.

How do I quickly recover from a calf and achilles injury?

I seem to "pull" my calf muscles more than usual. I am 39 yrs old and do Martial Arts and distance run. I "pulled" my calf at a tournament. Let that heal for 2 weeks and started running again. After 11 miles though, I think because I changed my gate so as not to use the calf much (heal down on landing), my achilles tendon started to give out. I need to heal quickly and get back to training. Any ideas?

How do I quickly recover from a calf and achilles injury?
unfortunatly there is no quick heel with achillies problems. Im just a bit concerned that you may rupture it which will then require surgery. my best advice for now is to do some GENTLE stretching and put an ice pack on it for 20 mins every 3 to 4 hours
Reply:there's no quick heal all you can do is rest it and have some work on it by your local physio