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  1. atheistmantis is offline
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    I won't get on Noobs. They're good for Bullshido in my eyes. They have so many profound things to share...as far as they know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuntedRasta View Post
    . . . and read some Bruce Lee.
    You will be very surprised at yourself.
    Uh. . . Why? BL had some really interesting ideas for his day and age, revolutionary for his time, but (and I say this having read both 'The Tao' and 'Fighting Method') why should we still be reading his stuff? There are lots of newer books about cross-training which express relevant concepts better, and better books about personal fitness, better and more comprehensive books about philosophy as it applies to MA. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuntedRasta View Post
    Everyone is very concerned with this "compliant" attitude they think they are seeing. [A lot of hand-waving bs rationalization of compliant drilling in Systema plus a REALLY funny bs explanation of the stunt-diving done in Systema demo vids]

    I think it is interesting that, with other styles, no one is suprised to see a teacher show all sorts of moves and would-be scenarios where the students completely let themselves be "demonstrated" on, and finally we have a style where there is NO pre-formatting and all the demonstrations are done with creative license from the attacker and defender, and NOW people get in an uproar about it. ...
    If you are going to whine about how the mean grown-ups pick on poor widdle you and Systema for compliant training & demonstrations but never say a word about all of the other martial arts that use compliant training, YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO DO IT ON A WEBSITE THAT HAS BEEN RIPPING ALL THE COMPLIANT-TRAINING MAs TO SHREDS SINCE ITS INCEPTION, you half-witted, mouth-breathing dumbshit.

    Try looking at any of the threads discussing Aikido, for a start. In fact, since you like to tell people to read a book (as though most of the members here haven't read more on the martial arts than you have read altogether), how about you read a couple hundred threads here before you post again, so that you see why you should drop the attitude and so that you stop saying things that make your ignorance so spectacularly evident.
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    Books! Two things:
    1 anytime you tell someone to read a book on the internet, use this video .

    2 Short story: A guy came to a aikido class in a university club that I used to train in. The next week he showed up but with no training gear. He said he wanted to talk to the instructor instead of training. He said something like "I've read a lot of aikido books so I know what it's about and I don't think you're fostering the correct spiritual atmosphere in your dojo."
    He didn't know the instructor he was talking to was a 6 day a week practitioner with 20 odd years of experience. When she told the story to her own instructor he(the shihan) laughed and said "send him (the one time student) in to me, I'll sell him a book."
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    you are responding about a demonstration as if i was talking about sparring
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    Finally I would like to apologize for being a noob about the utilization of this site.
    However, I stand by my original post. Peace to each of you!
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    I do think BL's books are still relevant, in particular "Artist of Life".
    As for other books, I'd gladly hear your recommendations.
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    Read a book! I work with the guy who made that track actually. Good stuff.

    As for your short story, it's funny. Peace to you!
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    Post a video of your systema being used in live sparring if you really want to develop a useful thread. "My stylz of the systema is the for realz", not cutting it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuntedRasta View Post
    I do think BL's books are still relevant, in particular "Artist of Life".
    As for other books, I'd gladly hear your recommendations.
    I guess it's not so much that I think they're irrelevant as that I don't feel people use them for what they would be best used for. People see him as being a great martial artist, and read his books hoping to be able to emulate him; drawing from his knowledge and wisdom to improve themselves.

    Bruce Lee has never really impressed me as a martial artist, and I've never found any of his philosophizing particularly profound or useful (why not just go to the source and actually read the Tao? Or zen/stoic writings?) His dedication to athleticism is worthy of emulation, and I'm admittedly fascinated by the fact that people are still so interested in him, but other than that his writings aren't much more than a resource for studying the development of martial arts in the past century.

    As for some of my book recommendations. . .

    'A Fighter's Heart' & 'The Fighter's Mind' by Sam Sheridan
    'Got Fight?' by Forrest Griffin
    'Zen and the Art of Archery' by Eugen Herrigel, R. F. C. Hull, Daisetz Suzuki
    'The Art of Learning' by Josh Waitzkin
    'Mind Over Muscle' by Jigoro Kano
    'The Demon's Sermon on the Martial Arts' by Issai Chozanshi
    'The Life-Giving Sword' by Yagyu Munenori
    'Book of Knighthood and Chivalry' by Ramon Lull
    'The Book of Chivalry of Geoffroi de Charny'
    'The Royal Book of Horsemanship, Jousting, and Knightly Combat'
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