Oct 132011
 

 

 Grand Master Ashida Kim has had profound impact on my life. When I was young, I had a bunch of his books on the Ninja. I still have them, I just find them funnier now. This video reminds you more of something Napoleon Dynamite would be practicing then something a “Ninja Master” would do while fighting you. If you pay attention, he will show a move he claims is from Judo, which sounds like “katsumi” which he says is the “Haze” technique. Doesn’t look like any Judo move I’ve seen. If any Judo expert would like to weigh in on this, that would be great. To be honest, I don’t think he knows Judo anymore then he knows Ninjitsu.

Sep 292011
 

As a young man raised in the martial arts, I was fed stories of awesome master martial artists that could use their energy to make themselves stronger, root themselves to the ground so that couldn’t be moved, armor themselves against injury, and even read other people’s minds. Naturally,  it was too dangerous couldn’t perform these feats on me. Once an instructor brought in a tape of the UFC, and we watched it and were asked to point out the fighter’s lack of education, and show where the fighters could have been easily knocked out if they had only known the correct pressure points. I asked why a correctly trained fighter had never gone to fight so the world could see their mistake. Because, real martial artists don’t sully themselves with vulgar sport martial arts.

Now its easy to say this is was just a weird teacher. However, its kind a trend in many martial arts schools. I am sure alot of you were raised the same way. I only give this introduction so you know that as I mock this, I feel like I have the background to do so.

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Aug 212011
 

Recently a study was released by using FBI statistics of fights from 1996 to 2000. The findings were really surprising.
First off if you divide the fights by which martial art was present, I was pleased to see that in any given fight, a karate fighter (with no kick boxing experience) knocked their opponent out 19% of the time. This was trumped by boxers with an overall knock out rate of 20%. Of course its interesting to note that in any case where alcohol was present, the boxers had a 90% KO rate. And despite the fact boxers train with gloves and wraps, and in the study, all of these fighters were bare fisted, the boxers only suffered hand injuries 10% of the time.
However, the king of this study was kick boxers. They netted a whopping 36% knock out rate! On top of that, the dominate attack that was used to deliver the knock out was a kick!

Now let me go ahead and add a disclaimer, when crime reports are filled out, there is the great chance that tae kwon do is miss reported as karate, or an MMA fighter is reported as a kick boxer etc. That said what I really found mind blowing about this article was its departure from classic self defense wisdom. First, martial arts that focus on competition aren’t useful in real life situations and second, kicks to the head are unrealistic! All other martial arts in the study showed up so rarely that no worth while statistics could be gleaned from them.

The rest of the study was interesting, but kind of outside the scope of our blog. Things like what percent of people were stabbed with a bottle (7% by the way). So I guess the lesson here is keep an open mind in your training, and a good old fashion punch or kick to the head is still a great way to end a fight.