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    Aliveness is becoming a cliché. The term is getting worn thin, all too often a second hand idea, borrowed without its full meaning being passed on. It gets tossed around by all sides of the argument with or without real understanding. And as a result, it is losing its meaning and the importance it should hold.

    Some revile aliveness, saying there is more to martial arts than just fighting, and aliveness neglects this. Or so they imagine, since sport fighters advocate it. And sport fighters are just a bunch of thugs.

    Others pay token praise to it, and say that every seemingly dead activity they do is miraculously alive. Or so sifu tells them. And they're inclined to agree, since they got a bruise once.

    Still others are sure they train with aliveness -- they roll hard and compete, after all. And they probably do. Or maybe they don't. They don't really know, since they never actually took the time to learn what it means. They just took it for granted.

    And so the meaning of aliveness has become muddied. Few actually take the time to understand the concept as originally put forward. Which is very sad, since it means so much to everyone.

    Aliveness is not just sparring. It is not sport fighting. It is not senseless violence. It is definitely not sensei letting you trade headlocks with your little brother once you're done with your katas.

    So what is aliveness?

    Read Why Aliveness? by Matt Thornton.

    Then read it again.
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    Now for some required viewing. Matt Thornton speaking about aliveness and training methods a seminar in Denmark:

    http://www.openmat.dk/video/sbg/sbg_aliveness.wmv

    Or on Google Videos if you prefer:

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...22756738846126

    Enjoy.
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    Good video. I feel fortunate to have stumbled onto the correct path years ago so I never had to learn this the hard way.
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    that is a great video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aesopian
    Aliveness is becoming a cliché. The term is getting worn thin, all too often a second hand idea, borrowed without its full meaning being passed on. It gets tossed around by all sides of the argument with or without real understanding. And as a result, it is losing its meaning and the importance it should hold.

    Some revile aliveness, saying there is more to martial arts than just fighting, and aliveness neglects this. Or so they imagine, since sport fighters advocate it. And sport fighters are just a bunch of thugs.
    This happenes with everything of merit. MMAists claiming to train alive but never touching eachother; People who claim to train Westside, but have never stepped foot in the state of Ohio or talked with Louie; corporations who preach think outside the box, when thinking outside the box is no longer thinking outside the box.

    It all comes down to one thing, laying it on the line. Words mean verry little with out action. Anyone can claim something, but resepect is earned, and you cant do that until you prove yourself.

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    BJJ Intro Video - White Belts Must Watch Or Die

    Simple Do's and Don'ts of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Covers what to wear, how to tap, what not to yank, basic positions and some rolling and sparring. Great for showing white belts or anyone new to BJJ.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...33998850758377

    Produced by Combat Sports Academy Copenhagen for a free DVD given to new students.
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    The Do and Don'ts near the beginning reminded me of those airplane emergency pamphlets, the one with the smiling people putting on oxygen masks and such. Remember kids, no small joint manipulation.

    A nice video, introducing the basic concepts of grappling through brief visual demonstration rather than lecture.

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    This thread needs to be stickied.

    Your work ethic is impressive Aesopian.

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    Awesome, Aeso. Every white belt, no matter how advanced always need to be reminded of the do's and don'ts. Thanks. I 2nd it being stickied if it has not already been done.

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    AWSOME VIDEO! I have been doing no-gi BJJ for about two months now and love reading/watching anything relevant to the style. Watching that made me want to go roll right now.

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