- Ball and socket joint. Permitting movement in all directions, the ball and socket joint features the rounded head of one bone sitting in the cup of another bone. Examples include your shoulder joint and your hip joint.
- Hinge joint. The hinge joint is like a door, opening and closing in one direction, along one plane. Examples include your elbow joint and your knee joint.
- Condyloid joint. The condyloid joint allows movement, but no rotation. Examples include your finger joints and your jaw.
- Pivot joint. The pivot joint, also called the rotary joint or trochoid joint, is characterized by one bone that can swivel in a ring formed from a second bone. Examples are the joints between your ulna and radius bones that rotate your forearm, and the joint between the first and second vertebrae in your neck.
- Gliding joint. The gliding joint is also called the plane join. Although it only permits limited movement, it’s characterized by smooth surfaces that can slip over one another. An example is the joint in your wrist.
- Saddle joint. Although the saddle joint does not allow rotation, it does enable movement back and forth and side to side. An example is the joint at the base of your thumb.
When you begin to feel like you are a tough guy, a warrior, a master of the martial arts or that you have lived a tough life, just take a moment and get some perspective with the following:
I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me
I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me
I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull
I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death
I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed
I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes
I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados
I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers
The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn
Please don't brag to me that you're a survivor because someone hit you. And don't tell me how 'tough' you are because of your training. As much as I've been through I know people who have survived much, much worse. - Marc MacYoung
WARNING, CAVEAT AND NOTE
The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books. Please make note that this article/post is my personal analysis of the subject and the information used was chosen or picked by me. It is not an analysis piece because it lacks complete and comprehensive research, it was not adequately and completely investigated and it is not balanced, i.e., it is my personal view without the views of others including subject experts, etc. Look at this as “Infotainment rather then expert research.” This is an opinion/editorial article/post meant to persuade the reader to think, decide and accept or reject my premise. It is an attempt to cause change or reinforce attitudes, beliefs and values as they apply to martial arts and/or self-defense. It is merely a commentary on the subject in the particular article presented.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
“What you are reading right now is a blog. It’s written and posted by me, because I want to. I get no financial remuneration for writing it. I don’t have to meet anyone’s criteria in order to post it. Not only I don’t have an employer or publisher, but I’m not even constrained by having to please an audience. If people won’t like it, they won’t read it, but I won’t lose anything by it. Provided I don’t break any laws (libel, incitement to violence, etc.), I can post whatever I want. This means that I can write openly and honestly, however controversial my opinions may be. It also means that I could write total bullshit; there is no quality control. I could be biased. I could be insane. I could be trolling. … not all sources are equivalent, and all sources have their pros and cons. These needs to be taken into account when evaluating information, and all information should be evaluated.” - God’s Bastard, Sourcing Sources (this applies to this and other blogs by me as well; if you follow the idea's, advice or information you are on your own, don't come crying to me, it is all on you do do the work to make sure it works for you!)
“You should prepare yourself to dedicate at least five or six years to your training and practice to understand the philosophy and physiokinetics of martial arts and karate so that you can understand the true spirit of everything and dedicate your mind, body and spirit to the discipline of the art.” - cejames (note: you are on your own, make sure you get expert hands-on guidance in all things martial and self-defense)
“All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.” - Montaigne
I am not a leading authority on any one discipline that I write about and teach, it is my hope and wish that with all the subjects I have studied it provides me an advantage point that I offer in as clear and cohesive writings as possible in introducing the matters in my materials. I hope to serve as one who inspires direction in the practitioner so they can go on to discover greater teachers and professionals that will build on this fundamental foundation. Find the authorities and synthesize a wholehearted and holistic concept, perception and belief that will not drive your practices but rather inspire them to evolve, grow and prosper. My efforts are born of those who are more experienced and knowledgable than I. I hope you find that path! See the bibliography I provide for an initial list of experts, professionals and masters of the subjects.
- Make sure you are able to perform “regular” hands on the floor pushups before going to step 2, i.e., the ability to perform at minimum fifty repetitions of regulation standard/regular pushups.
- Obtain a set of pushup bars that have a four leg stability configuration so you can go deeper into the pushups and then practice this until you can perform fifty regulation deep standard pushups.
- Create you own double legged chinkuchi-esque bars and practice until you can do twenty to forty regulation deep chinkuchi pushups without incident.
- Create your short novice single legged challenge pushup bars as depicted in the graphics below and practice until you can do twenty to forty regulation deep challenge single-leg pushups without incident.
- Create your short professional single legged challenge pushup bars as depicted in the graphics below and practice until you can do twenty to forty regulation deep challenge single-leg pushups without incident.
|The four point pushup bar, best used after step one performing regular military style pushups!|
|A must if you are using any pushup bar off grass or dirt area's and on solid area's such as wood floors or cement or pavement, etc. This is critical to reduce the chances of injuries if you slip using the challenge/chinkuchi pushup bars.|
|Click for larger readable version. Remember, USE ONLY UNDER PROPER EXPERIENCED SUPERVISION!!!|
|Less challenging then the "challenge pushup bars" but still a real challenge to use. Use with caution and under experienced supervision!|
- Actions alone are not enough;
- Words alone are not enough;
- Tactile ability is not enough;
- Visual acuity is not enough;
- Spacial Perception is not enough;
- It takes a collective of sensory input and processing toward understanding and the ability to apply that understanding in a variety of ways to achieve great skill regardless of the discipline.
- When one quibbles over the words they are processing, i.e., evaluating, testing, and synthesizing the possibilities.
- When one quibbles over the methods they are processing, i.e., evaluating, testing, and synthesizing the possibilities.
- When one quibbles over the forces involved they are processing, i.e., evaluating, testing, and synthesizing the possibilities.
- When one quibbles over the results achieved they are still processing toward the evolution of said processes, knowledge, understanding and skills, i.e., evaluating, testing, and synthesizing the possibilities.
- no matter what you think or feel or what looks good and powerful or bad and useless one must properly breathe to achieve any results regardless of what term is used to describe things.
- posture is the proper culmination of body parts that provide you with that which in any given situation and action the ability to act with power and force. Posture broken or disrupted simply removes any and all possibility of achieving such force and power to any given situation and circumstances until that posture is returned.
- Spinal Alignment:
- Like posture, spinal alignment is about bringing all facets of the body into a whole holistic like chain that allows power and force to be generated and circulated with minimal loss or bleed off of power and force or energy. If the spine is misaligned then most of our power and force and energy is bled off reducing the effectiveness of any methodology used in karate for self-protection.
- bones, these are the framework of any body and without the skeletal structure all we are as humans are bags of liquid and meat. Bones when properly aligned are how we attain structure and posture, etc., that allows us to create, generate and utilize energy for power and force. All the dynamic tension applied to the shoulder, arm and fist in the world will have a very limited power and force without all the other principles as a whole. Actually, the dynamic tension you see as powerful in karate is actually a misuse of energy within the body that DOES NOT get used against another body in self-protection.
- Sequential Locking/Sequential Relaxation:
- This is one small aspect of what people believe is chinkuchi and when demonstrated in kata appear to be strong and powerful because they muscle it then tighten the muscles and bones and such to apply a certain powerful looking demonstration of the punch or strike as if all that muscling were being transmitted into the other person.
- The sequential locking and relaxation are those milliseconds that the entire body works appropriate to any given situation and utilized methodology to transfer appropriate power and force that will stop an attacker. It is a momentary thing while the body actually remains in a positively relaxed state to better server movement, handling of adrenal stressors, handling of environmental stressors and free energy flow with minimal bleed off to achieve maximum effective objectives regardless of what those may be at any given moment.
- this one is often mistake as making a solid connection with the ground to apply the dynamic tensions and relaxations to make a kata and technique look good and powerful. Rooting is actually achieving the ability to remain in control of one’s body in any environment while applying principles through multiple methodologies so that power and force can be applied even when we are moving and especially when structure and posture and surprise are used against is in an attack. It is the ability to root our minds so that our bodies can perform as we desire to achieve results that mean our survival. Rooting the feet to the earth are training tools and my perception of rooting goes beyond the simplistic feet to earth into rooting the mind, body and spirit regardless where our feet may be in the heat of battle.
- that which is around the core of our bodies in the center in front of our spines.
- works on our structure, posture and ability to root, etc. and our axis must control the adversary’s to be successful. This is the invisible line down the center of the body in front of the spinal cord or back bone. Our legs position move this axis. It effects full body rotation.
- minor axis,
- this one is about how the rotation and hinge actions of our limbs that our methods should control in us and in the adversary.
- balance is about taking our mass, our attackers mass, and controlling it so that the whole of principles can be applied to our advantage and against any advantage the attacker seeks against us.
- to move quickly; to remain in control of the adrenal effects; to control our environment and to allow energy, force and power to move freely we must stay in a state of positive relaxation until the dynamics of tension are required and applied in mere milliseconds.
- Convergence reconciles the fact that two opposing forces produce force and power enhancement so when our structure, alignment, posture and other factors work properly and in unison we have superior ability to apply force and power while the disruption in the adversary bleeds off their power and force.
- keeping our bodies in control through movement from our core, our center, and removing our tendency to rely on strength, especially of arms and hands or legs and feet while moving and generating energy from our center.
- Then there is centering our minds so that our spirits move, a calm and controlled mind is relaxed, as combat allows, so that our abilities achieve maximum efficiency while under some of the greatest stresses we can encounter in modern times.
- nothing functions at its best or at all when the mind and body are disconnected and energy along with power and force are applied first and foremost in our minds and through training and practice convey all knowledge and understanding into actions thus a part of the foundation that is manifest of chinkuchi.
- ensuring the natural space, etc., that happens between events as explained in the OODA process.
- centripetal force,
- using a rotational methodology to bring an adversary toward a center.
- centrifugal force,
- using a rotational methodology to bring an adversary away from a center.
- peripheral vision,
- observation of an indirect nature.
- tactile sensitivity,
- touch in feeling the physiokinetic’s of an adversary so as to achieve dominance over them and expanding our abilities and methodologies.
- attack hubs,
- our main hubs, all humans have them, are the two shoulder joints/areas and the two hip joints/areas. Then he (MM) adds in sub-hubs such as the elbows and the knees. If a human moves those four main hubs will telegraph, tells, the movements.
- attack posture
- a hallmark of the chinkuchi principles or concept in that improper posture results in a significant loss of a percentage of power because they don’t create proper alignment in their own bodies. Chinkuchi concepts and applicable methods require power and force maximized through these principles enacted or triggered as a whole rather than individually.
- "Ending a pregnancy vs killing a fetus"
- "A ball of cells vs an unborn child"
- "Invading Iraq vs liberating Iraq"
- "Redistributing wealth vs confiscating earnings"
- How do you articulate the materials you teach for self-protection?
- How do you articulate your training methods that are applicable to self-protection?
- How do you articulate answers to questions from your students?
- How do you train to articulate things during a heated, stressful, encounter regardless of whether you are in the physical part or not, i.e., for avoidance and deescalation efforts?
- How do you teach your students to articulate their skills and actions when questioned by first responders in a self-defense situation?
- How to you teach your students to articulate their actions in the interrogation/interview process?
- How do you teach your students to articulate their actions to their own attorney because you have to convince your attorney as well that you properly applied self-defense oriented actions according to that legal requirement?