Bo History and Selection
Every martial artist should keep a journal and in that journal will be a list of all they you know how to kill and mame someone. And whenever you are feeling down and powerless you will open up the journal and be like, “wow I know, 8 ways to break a bone, 6 ways to choke someone out, 25 ways to deliver concuscions and 12 ways cause interbal bleeding.” And just like that you remind yourself that you are the terminator.
Lately I’ve been falling in and out of these existential loop of routine. I’ve felt this in the past, day in and day out it’s the same predictable day. And with this mundane atmosphere it’s difficult to see any visible progress because
A) I know I’m not applying myself as much as I can.
B) the progress is so incremental that it’s difficult to be examine in the short term.
There are days when I’m working technique, grappling or sparring and I clearly don’t have it in me. It’s difficult to keep that water boiling; it’s taxing on the brain, spirit and biochemistry.
And so, I had this thought whenever I (we) spar. My craft did not develop alone, when I’m sparring , my opponent isn’t just sparring me, they are actually going against (or with) the accumalation of everyone who has helped created the me at the moment. For me, that’s my Shotokan sensei’s, Capoeira instructors, track coach, bjj coach, my great grandmother, all of my training partners, and a hodgepodge of fictional and nonfictional characters I draw inspiration from.
I think a lot of people suffer from this existensial loneliness, but thinking of yourself as a multitude of forces will destroy this mirage of loneliness. You are composed of more than just the chromosomes of your mom and dad, a lot of people put a lot of work into you, so the next time you’re in battle, remember that their is an entourage/army inside of you.
Letting yourself down is easier than letting others down.
The bad news is that we have a long road ahead of us.
The good news is that we have a
long road ahead of us.
The news is that WE have a long road ahead of us.
It was the fourth round in MMA and it was a body boxing session, prior to that I lucked out and got paired with a Kyokoshin/Shotokan veteran (20 years of practice) in the upper body wrestling round (no strikes allowed). The martial arts gods were looking over me that night.
Anyways, back to the fourth round and I get paired with a new person. He had this familiar jock douche aura to him, you know the type, the one who has to leak his aggression all over the place and probably doesn’t pick up after himself. (I’m usually not this judgmental). So as I expected he was swinging like a mad man, headhunting during a body boxing session and he had the galls to punch the back of my head after a clinch (they don’t even allow that in UFC, but whatever he had gloves and I didn’t get hurt).
Excuse my humble brag rant, but I deserve a pat on the back on my behavior with my sparring session with the brute. The dude was swinging like a mad man at me with sloppy technique and I played it cooled and passive as usual. I stunned him with a kung-fu esque punch, kind of like in wing chun or for any Street Fighter fans, Yun’s and Yang’s forward leaping punch. It’s like a hybrid of a wushu attack with systema principles (super relaxed, but with your whole body weight behind it). The punch stunned him because it was to the solar plexus. I had the option to light him up while je was wobbly, but I behaved and backed off. I didn’t want to ask if he was ok in fear of unintentionally insulting him. Hats off and humble brags to me for taming my inner animal.
I’m usually a bit passive when sparring, always waiting to counterstrike, but I definitely turned on the switch in one of the earlier rounds with, you guessed it, someone else who did Shotokan. We are going to be best friends lol. The dude pushed the pace and was good at defending and countering my karate style sparring. I need to get back into Capoeira Angola style to help enigma-tize my style. I’m not going to lie, it feel good to put a “tough-guy” in check.
Continued with the wrestling shoot.
Did some with no hands to emphasize the importance of using the right angle, step, and head for effectiveness.
Warmed up with 3 judo throws.
Reviewed scissor sweep.
Open guard collar choke.
*During shadowboxing I’ve been throwing in the double punch from karate. I’m starting to realize some applications for judo in closing the gap and establishing a firm position for doing a technique .
I’ve felt like there was a defecit in my
grip fighting and it seems like motions from traditional marital arts can supplement. At first it felt odd to just reach out and grab, it’s too ideal. Hand techniques from TMA bridges this gap with simulated distance attacks and defense. I took the closeness of grappling for granted and it can lead to the assumption of not worrying about distance. Bulldozing for dominant grips and underhooks will be countered quickly with a seasoned grappler. It’s like I’ve done the work for them by closing the distance, but then again you are bound to get close and tight anyways, so I guess it’s like you can jump in the deep ocean and work your way through it, or let the ocean drown you while you’re at a stand still playing cautious.