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Van Canna wrote:But I still stand by my views that for any of us karate-ka _ it is a grave mistake to teach punches to the head of street opponents with the bare fist, other than the hammer fist and possibly the back fist aimed at the side of the head and not to the teeth area.
Otto wrote:Interesting thread. As I read it I started to try and remember a particular style that a practitioner hasn't whopped the crap out of me with at one time or another.
Gonna' be one hell of a long think.
Any time that someone falls, there is potential for lethality.
Some (even healthy looking) people are only barely alive on a day to day basis. You can't eyeball someone and judge whether they are on blood thinners, have a congenital heart, or arterial defect, have an unusual potential for stroke or similar condition. (For that matter, do you KNOW whether YOU have any of those conditions?)
Even a very healthy, strong, fit, young man can die from simply hitting his head on something wrong on the way down. 1n 1986, I lived in a small town where two college freshmen who were friends and I think even roommates got into a friendly fight. It wasn't a serious event. It was the kind of scuffle that you'd expect to end in a bloody nose or a black eye but nothing more.
Anyway, one of them lost his balance when he caught a weak and sloppy punch (certainly not a "knockout blow"). He hit (just bumped, really) his head on a car bumper on the way down and died from a brain injury.
The recent (Clint Eastwood & Hillary Swank) film "Million Dollar Baby" illustrates this well.
Van Canna wrote:The crazies in our midst.
http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/pol ... out/nXDc7/
Mark Noble.I have to admit that the reason I started training martial arts as an adult was from the realization that it's truly a jungle out there and that you don't necessarily have to go looking for trouble for trouble to find you.
Van Canna wrote:Mark Noble.
When least expected, you are elected...
jorvik wrote:Well all styles of Tai Chi are proper martial arts, which is why they have such an awesome reputation. I have seen some of the applications and they do work...........the problem is a lot of people are not practising proper Tai Chi, they know a form, they think that the form is all there is and they practice it incorrectly, and believe that they have some real knowledge ....it's a bit like having a rifle and using it like a club......and as I've said I've have seen this in a lot of martial arts, sometimes with very sincere individuals whoch is sad.
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