How can we improve PJ?
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Anatomy of a frontpage post
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Home sweet home
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We're moving this week!
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A little bit of fun at work :)
by nry on Wed May 22, 2013 9:29 pm
20 years later!
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The week that will soon be was!
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Looking over the past
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Slowly slowly catchy monkey...
by nry on Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:20 pm
For those of you in the UK, you may be interested to know that the Crown Prosecution Service have recently updated their Self Defence guidelines to reflect the recent law change regarding what they term as Householder Cases.
This is to reflect that fact that you will no longer be prosecuted for using disproportionate force in your own home, were as before the change you were only allowed to use reasonable force. Of course it's not straight forward so you will need to read it to get he full jist.
Recently as I have been instructing more, inevitably students ask questions regarding what would happen if bad mad did A or B. At first I tried to answer these will liberal applications of common sense.
Now however I am in two minds, mostly for two reasons:-
The first reason, What do I know about Street Fighting? As I have not taken every single technique into the street and deliberately started fights so that I can pressure test them, I am in no position to be telling people how they should act/respond, what they guard/not guard etc etc.
The second reason is a little more complex. The student is not here to learn “Bad man does A, I do B”. They are there to learn the techniques and the principles behind them. Once they reach Shodan it then becomes their decision on how they apply their knowledge to work best with their own abilities. The important part is surely not the millions of variables, it is the technique and the principal at hand in that one technique being taught at that one time? Otherwise you could quite literally be there for hours trying to cover any and all variables. Eventually it will be their decision to decide "if Bad Man then does A, oh ok I will do B" (and their B will be different form my B).
I am leaning now towards fielding any question by telling students I can only here to teach them what we want to see for a grading. I cannot tell them what they should be doing outside they Dojo. The practical application outside the Dojo will be theirs to decide once they reach an appropriate level of competence, based on their understanding of the techniques, the principals behind them and their own abilities.
What do you think? Does that sound like a more sensible approach, or a cop out?
So - why? Can we take any small credit for a relationship between widespread martial arts practice and improved national safety? Are muggers and murders giving up because there may be a JuJitsuka or Kempoka around every corner?
In this day and age I don’t usually make a habit of buying magazines, but I decided to buy the latest edition of Martial Arts Illustrated as it proclaimed it was a Self Defence Special.
It turned out to be quite good actually, but one thing in particular caught my attention. In one interview with Simon Keegan he mentioned Terry Wingrove and his Tesco Test.
For those of you who have not had the opportunity to train with Mr Wingrove let me fill you in. His Tesco Test is this, if you are stood in the isle of Tesco at 11 o’clock at night, and someone takes a swing at you (Mr Wingrove always refers to Tesco, I think he must shop at a particularly dangerous branch lol) anyway, if someone took a swing at you would you use this technique. If the answer is no then he doesn’t see the point of training it.
Now, as I train purely for self defence, I would generally be in agreement with this statement. However, in practice you are only going to need a handful of techniques for the purposes of most Self Defence scenarios. And so while in theory it would make sense to select your chosen few techniques and drill them ad infinitum, this would of course become rather laborious and uninteresting over time. I mean, who is going to want to do the same handful off techniques for 20+ years?
So whilst I can see the point, and generally agree with it, I suppose there is a purpose for training techniques which you know you are unlikely to ever use, but you do so because they are still “interesting” or maybe they are just fun to do!
The other point of course is that if two people learnt an entire syllabus, the handful of techniques they would each chose would be different, so you need to still need to teach a wide range of technique’s to allow people to have more options to Cherry Pick from.
(I ran this past jitsufreak a while back, so please don't shoot me for advertising!)
For anyone who isn't aware, my website is putting on a charity seminar again this year. The idea of these is that people show up, get four hours of training, have a couple of drinks together and exchange ideas, phone numbers and/or bodily fluids (the last is options, I hasten to add). The best thing about this day is that once the hall hire costs are met, all profits go to charity, specifically to the British Heart Foundation and the National Kidney Patients Association - two very worthwhile causes.
If anyone would like to attend or just find out more, the website is www.mapmeet.co.uk - we have a "Like" button at the bottom, so even if you can't make it, we'd love you to spread the word about it to anyone who might be interested.
Let me know if you have any questions - I know you guys have been behind a number of seminars in the past, so thought this might be appreciated as a not-for-profit opportunity to go and try some fantastic classes.
Random from a Facebook comment - many Ju Jitsu schools/clubs describe themselves as teaching traditional Ju Jitsu...
I'm possibly getting a little pedantic, as the word 'traditional' has no specific age - most of the UK JJ schools teach stuff more akin to Kano's Judo, with very little (if any) similarity to what is taught within Koryu styles.
Do you feel your style/club etc. is traditional, and if so, why?
Our dojo has large racks to hold any weapons - I'm buying some for practicing at home - a bo, hanbo and a replacement bokken as my old one is no longer straight.
I would prefer to wall mount them, but am struggling to find any proper wall mounts for the longer bo, so suggestions or photo's welcome
Worst case I can see myself fabricating my own!
Moving from discussions on here and also during training last night, I'm curious what others do for warm ups?
I've seen all sorts over the years:
Lots of exercise-based warm-ups, running, star jumps, push ups, sit ups, stretching etc...
Most move on to break falling practice...
My current style has no warm ups per-se - you start by running through the kata slowly, very gentle stuff. We have never run through break falls at the start of a session, instead putting this into the appropriate teaching when required. As such, a 2 hour session is 95% practicing - the other 5% is line up at the beginning/end and even this is not always done depending on who turns up first etc.
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