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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jul 28, 2018 12:29 am

Robert Finlayson »

Flinches are determined by the speed, aggression and proximity of the stimulus.

There are three ways we flinch.

1) From a distance were we lower our base and create a pushing away gesture. As an example, think of the last time you had to make a sudden stop in order to save yourself from running into the back bumper of the car ahead of you. If the stimulus was introduced too quickly you were likely to have had both hands on the steering wheel simulating a pushing motion with your arms locked out.

2) In a close quarter situation you will have both arms come up and protect the command center(you head) with a leaning away motion. As an example, you are talking to a friend while walking down the street and a you do not realize that you have to duck your head to access a stairway to the subway or you will hit your head. Again if the stimulus is introduced too quickly for you to make a cognitive response your hands will come up and protect your head. Sometimes we even flinch without their being anything there....but there was some kind of stimulus that we perceived to be present.

3) The oblique flinch, which has us shield and protect the command center in a corkscrew type action. As an example, when you were a kid in school, do you remember when a friend would be off to your side and then yell at you to look out, or if they threw something at you, but you could not see it. All your body has to deal with protecting itself is the direction of your friends voice.

It is crucial to realize that we will not always flinch. If there is not perceived stimulus, you will do nothing.

If someone starts throwing John Wayne haymakers from 20 feet you are not going to flinch, but as the distance is closed things will change in regards to the level of the stimulus and your bodies hard wired behavioral system.


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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby paulg » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:52 am

So, I am wondering whether we have that little voice inside that tells us 'not good enough yet', over and over again, while we practice our traditional kata moves because we know in our heart (that is; subconscious) that we are doing something unnatural. Maybe with enough repetition over enough number of years we can train ourselves to react with a less-than-natural move, but why would we want to when we can build off a natural response like the flinch. GEM has been teaching us for the past several years that we should take advantage of the natural flinch to start our defense, and then transition into the 'trained' moves. Blauer's system does the same.

Just wondering...
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jul 28, 2018 1:24 pm

Ted Dinwiddie »

Great discussion!

My instructors base alot of our training on kata bunkai. We have a large library of kata from which to glean understanding.

One of my favorite explorations is the search for good "OH SH*T!" moves.

Sometimes a piece of a kata seems to mimic what one might do in a surprised response to some aggressive motion by another person.

Many kata begin with seemingly innocuous movements. Traditional "blocks" have "pre-movements" such as arm crosses.

Observe your own flinch responses to various movements toward your person or invasions of your zone. I see similarities between these positions and positions assumed in a flinch.

If one is surprised, they flinch. If the position they flinch into is a position similar to a position in a kata, then examine the following movements from that kata. I think applicability will be found.

The concept of learning to use that flinch response and thinking of it as a bridge to one's training makes perfect sense to me. This is an area of understanding I sort of happened into, so I am quite interested in these discussions.

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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:34 pm

http://blog.mandirigmafma.com/index.php ... -response/

Good article to read and learn from.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:45 pm

So, to summarize:

1.As stated multiple times, there is no one universal flinch (even for the same person at various times of the day/different mental states/daily intangibles/different stimuli) Watch America’s Funniest Home Videos, When Animals Attack, or any number of “Fear Factor”-like videos on Youtube for confirmation.

2.It cannot be weaponized (we can dictate what comes after, not during) To weaponize the flinch itself would come from prescience.

With not knowing any of the stimuli mentioned above until that moment, repeated prepping/training for multiple different flinches still presents a lag in selection, rendering “weaponization” moot.

The minute anything is altered, whether by experience or training, it is no longer unconscious, reflexive, or evolutionary…it’s familiar/experiential or trained.

A flinch, by its very design, is a reflex (the “startle reflex”). Conscious response to known stimuli is not a flinch, it’s a conscious response projected outward.

3.Not every scenario draws a flinch. Sometimes some people, or some people in some scenarios, simply don’t flinch. It doesn’t happen 100% of the time.


There you go...blowing apart all the theories of the flinch response.

Sort of makes sense.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:38 am

The minute anything is altered, whether by experience or training, it is no longer unconscious, reflexive, or evolutionary…it’s familiar/experiential or trained.

A flinch, by its very design, is a reflex (the “startle reflex”). Conscious response to known stimuli is not a flinch, it’s a conscious response projected outward.


Hard to argue with that.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:43 am

Uechi punch ?

What's best, rotational or vertical?

There is a discussion now about this on the Italian site.

Many favor the vertical punch:

Reasons:

1] Economy of movement since it does not involve shoulder rotation. One movement less, equals more economy.

2] Allows for the elbow to be kept more naturally tight against the body acting as a straight power piston.

3] It makes for a more powerful withdrawal from harms way, especially if the opponent catches the punching arm. [Similar to the gun retention drills]

4] The arm is less vulnerable to elbow leverage by the opponent.

5] It allows for more direct power transfer onto a target by the “push” of the elbow more downward that outward.

6] It is more conducive to keep the elbows closed in “bricking the center line” as in Sanchin position.

7] The vertical punch is thrown at a shorter distance than the classic karate rotation punch, thus more useful at close quarters.

8] The vertical punch exploits more of the frontal pelvic whip. Meaning that movement that fires the energy from the center __ from the low to the high or from the high to the low without rotation [compression] __
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Re: Good talk on blocks

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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:48 pm

Mid-Night spell

You are suddenly awake.

It is a few minutes past midnight ... Your room is all-dark. A single faint
Light gleams out from the hallway of the house.

There is no sound except the hooting of an old owl in the top of a water-oak, and the everlasting voice of the sea that is not uplifted at that soft, melancholy hour. It breaks like a mournful lullaby upon the night.

And your tears come fast, from a familiar part of your consciousness, filling your whole being with a vague anguish, like a shadow, a mist passing across your soul’s Summer day.

It is strange yet familiar, a riveting midnight spell.

Knock, knock__ loud thumps on your bedroom door, but you know there is no one there.

Slowly it dawns on you it is your subconscious hammering to be heard.

~~

So you drift.. You see your face strangely reflecting to infinity in a string of mirrors. The many faces of you longing to tell the tale of sensations and events of your ordinary and not so ordinary peaks and valleys of your life.

As in a lifelike painting you see the self pawing across your human texture slowly grasping at its joys and sorrows.

In the life of each of us there are so many tales to tell, infinite yarns of personal, and some others’ experiences __ and depths of feelings of which we know all in detail, now taking structure in the mind by past voices, images, deductions, things overheard, things foreseen, things supposed, things said.

Midnight spell.

As your gaze shifts from the far mirror image to the nearest…oh God.. You have aged so much; your physiognomy is so different than what you remember from your younger years.

Was it old age knocking/thumping at your door ?

Why the aversion of looking at your self in the mirror? Are you afraid of the many faces scowling in judgment?

You look away, your eyes falling upon an old trunk by your bed__ you know why it is still there.

It is the baggage of your life weighing on your curving shoulders. Aging, this large trunk keeps on bulging at the seams more and more, and you are ever so inclined to lift the lid and rummage its contents, but you fear, a great fear...

God, so many things. And you think of the dust of your years in that trunk, and your reflections upon it as wings of a gentle eternal wind in a soft caress, stirring the sediment of the past, although brief, yet sufficient to leave the mark of thousands and thousands of passages, of a thousand faces, of a thousand voices, of a thousand touches and gestures, of a thousand scents, of a thousand colors, of a thousand sunsets, a thousand looks, a thousand gazes into the eyes of lovers and friends, of thousands of offenses given and received, of a thousand gifts__

A thousand cries and laughs, a thousand hand shakes, of a thousand of caresses, a thousand nights of insomnia, of a thousand roads traveled, of a thousand fears, high anxieties, of a thousand hopes dashed, of a thousand of lost opportunities…..

Then you realize it all again multiplied by a thousand.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:18 pm

If you think your legs are conditioned, you may want to invite this guy for a leg banging workout...be sure you bring crutches.

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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Thu Aug 02, 2018 11:27 pm

Law 18: Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere – everyone has to protect themselves. A fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from – it cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target.

Better to circulate among people find allies, mingle. You are shielded from your enemies by the crowd.


Instead of falling into the fortress mentality, view in the world in the following manner: It is like a vast Versailles, with every room communicating with another. You need to be permeable, able to float in and out of different circles and mix with different types.

About the only thing that constant human contact cannot facilitate is thought. The weight of society’s pressure to conform, and the lack of distance from other people, can make it impossible to think clearly about what is going on around you. As a temporary recourse, then, isolation can help you to gain perspective.

Many a serious thinker has been produced in prisons, where we have nothing to do but think. Machiavelli could write The Prince only once he found himself in exile and isolated on a farm far from the political intrigues of Florence. (f.e. Malcolm X)
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:22 am

Law 19: Know Who You’re Dealing with – Do Not Offend the Wrong Person
There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way.

Deceive or outmaneuver some people and they will spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge. They are wolves in lambs’ clothing. Choose your victims and opponents carefully, then – never offend or deceive the wrong person.


There is nothing to be gained by insulting a person unnecessarily. Swallow the impulse to offend, even if the other person seems weak. The satisfaction is meager compared to the danger that someday he or she sill be in a position to hurt you.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:36 am

Women and guns


A PICTURE on the front of The Boston Globe's City & Region section last week showed a group of women waiting to apply for firearm identification cards at the District 14 police station in Brighton. They were in a line, the accompanying news story noted, that stretched the length of two corridors. By the time a reporter arrived to interview the applicants, some of them had been standing in that line for more than two hours.

''Rising fear, triggered by a string of sexual assaults in Boston, has prompted women citywide to take greater safety precautions,'' read the caption next to the photo. The assaults have been concentrated in two neighborhoods: Brighton, where an armed predator has attacked at least 11 women since last fall, and the North End, where seven women have reported being raped or sexually assaulted since May.

When the police stations in those areas extended the hours to apply for gun permits, they were mobbed. In the neighboring town of Brookline, where another sexual assailant has been on the loose, women are likewise applying for firearm IDs in record numbers.

''We usually only get one or two requests a month,'' Police Captain Peter Scott told the Brookline Tab. ''But ... from July 15 to Aug. 12, we've had 18.''
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:40 am

So far no one has been killed in the Brighton, North End, and Brookline assaults, but women elsewhere in Greater Boston haven't been so fortunate. Alexandra Zapp was murdered at a rest stop along Route 24 in Bridgewater when she stopped at 4 a.m. to use the bathroom.

In Chelsea last month, 18-year-old Monica Mejia was gang-raped by two men who then bludgeoned her to death and set her body on fire. It isn't hard to understand why so many women are lining up for permission to carry guns.

Except that they aren't.

But what if some of those women did want to protect themselves with guns? If they walked into a police station and applied for a license to carry a firearm for their personal protection, what would happen?

''They would not be allowed to,'' says Mariellen Burns, the Boston police spokeswoman.

What if they lived in the North End and two of their friends had been raped and they were terrified they might be next?

Tough luck, says Burns. ''Living in a high-crime area is just not enough of a reason to get an unrestricted license to carry.''

It is not news that Boston and Brookline - and Massachusetts generally - are frequently out of step with most of America. But it ought to be news when public officials increase the risk to life and limb of the people they are sworn to serve.

And make no mistake: Those who prevent law-abiding women from arming themselves with guns make it easier for rapists and other predators to attack them with impunity.
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Re: Good talk on blocks

Postby Van Canna » Sun Aug 05, 2018 4:42 am

Under Massachusetts law, ordinary citizens have no right to carry a firearm for self-protection. It is left to the discretion of local chiefs of police to grant or deny applications for gun permits, and in places like Boston and Brookline, that discretion is driven by the liberal phobia about guns in private hands.

Phobias are by definition irrational, and there is nothing rational about keeping guns out of women's hands - not when reams of evidence confirm that violent crime falls as private gun ownership climbs.

''The US Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey has shown for decades that resistance with a gun is by far the safest course of action when one is confronted by a criminal,'' writes John Lott Jr., a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of ''More Guns, Less Crime.'' It is especially so for women. ''The probability of serious injury from a criminal confrontation is 2.5 times greater for women offering no resistance than resisting with a gun.''

Lott analyzed 18 years of crime data from every US county. With each additional person carrying a handgun, he found, murder rates declined. But when that additional person is female, the drop in murder rates is 3 to 4 times greater than when it is a man.

Time and again, states adopting concealed carry laws have experienced lower rates of murder, rape, and assault. Criminals are less likely to attack a victim who may be armed; those who do attack are more likely to be scared off if their intended victim pulls a gun. In much of America, this is increasingly understood as straightforward common sense.

But that attitude is alien to ''progressive'' venues like Boston, where rapists roam the streets and the women are unarmed. When you come to think about it, what's so progressive about that?
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