Thread: Thornton Does Iceland
4/26/2006 3:14pm, #1
Thornton Does Iceland
Sit down. Brace yourself. Make sure your socks are securely fastened lest I blow them right the **** off your feet.
While you've been scouring youtube for the wing chun video that you're sure is going to make you the next Bullshido Prom King, I've been making myself useful. Through the underground aliveness black market, I have gotten my mitts on a Matt Thornton clip to top them all. We've all seen the other videos and enjoy tossing around the terms from them willy nilly, like "Bujinkan is FUNCTIONAL when trained FUNCTIONALLY ALIVE against an ALIVE FULLY-RESISTING OPPONENT with ALIVENESS SPARRING ALL RANGES STANDUPCLINCHGROUND." But those videos were mere appetizers for what I offer today.
Imagine dropping Matt Thornton in the middle of the most TMA of TMA karate dojos. Kata is king. MMA is unknown. UFC is just the title of some VHS they walk by at the video rental igloo. Grappling is know as "that stuff the Gracies do."
Now imagine that they are all at once introduced to aliveness, the importance of training all ranges, that katas are useless and that, sorry good buddy, but your karate is pretty much totally useless :o)
Imagine how fun that'd be to watch. It'd be like transporting yourself to The Dojo That Time Forgot and giving them the gift of fire and knowledge that two guys standing next to each other punching the air in unison is agonizingly stupid.
But don't bother imagining too hard since I've got a 71 minute video of it right here:
Yes, that's over an hour of hot and heavy Thornton on karateka action. What does a video of this magnitude contain? Try this on for size:
- What aliveness is
- Image and ego-based training
- Jeet Kune Do
- Jackie Chan vs Aquaman
- Progressive resistance
- One and two-step sparring
- Ranks, hierarchies, titles and belts
- Healthy vs unhealthy training
- Stand-up, clinch and ground
- Performance-based training
- Point sparring
- Insecurity vs confidence
- Timing, energy and motion
- "Too deadly"
- Solo tennis analogy
- Traditional martial arts
- Honor, respect and humility
- "Good form"
- Evolution in a gym
- Mixing alive and dead training
- Efficient use of training time
- Knife fighting
- Why do you want to do high kicks?
- Flexibility and yoga
- The Armbar Kata
- Karl vs Karl's Clone
- Mastering your mind and body through perfecting your technique
- Focus, concentration, spirituality and mediation
- Removing Asian culture
- Translating cultures and race
- Peak experiences
- Martial "arts"
- Mixed martial arts
- Learning to kick hard with aliveness
- Falling back to old habits
- Downward spiral of dead training
- Benefits of aliveness
- Delivery systems
- TMA in MMA
- Training as you age
- Women training
- Why I teach aliveness
Now I warn you that the video quality is horrible, but the audio is good enough and that's what really matters. You might have trouble hearing people ask questions, but you can usually extrapolate it from the answer.
But any shortcomings in the multimedia quality are more than made up for by the special moments it offers. My personal favorite is when one of the innocent karateka gets stuck in an infinite loop of "mastering my mind = perfecting technique = kata = mastering my mind". When the illogic of this is pointed out, you can almost see sparks shoot out of his ears as his brain screeches to a halt in order to avoid a violent collision with reality. Once he reboots he pledges allegiance to real training.
I could go on, but it would still not convey how valuable this video is to anyone who trains in any martial art. Just be sure that before you look down on these hapless karateka that the same faults do not lie within you as well.
4/26/2006 3:42pm, #2
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Wow that's great.
Because I also want to be useful, and not just a **** talking retard like I usually am, I will provide this handy link which you can use to save the vid to your hard drive for prosperity (right click and save target as).
Googlevideo (and youtube etc.) downloader can be found at http://javimoya.com/blog/youtube_en.php
4/26/2006 4:01pm, #3
YOUTough is not how you act, tough is how you train.
4/26/2006 4:03pm, #4
Voted 5. Thornton is to MA as James Randi is to the supernatural.
4/26/2006 4:08pm, #5
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- Feb 2005
Good vid Aesopian. im gonna have to watch this again later.
4/26/2006 4:17pm, #6
Originally Posted by Aesopian
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4/26/2006 4:30pm, #7
Aesopian once again delivers. Excellent video.
4/26/2006 5:14pm, #8
4/26/2006 5:21pm, #9
Props to Shumagorath for posting this.Tough is not how you act, tough is how you train.
4/26/2006 5:23pm, #10Originally Posted by Aesopian
Warning: Gratuitous Nutriding!
Matt is very cool in person. Just so everyone knows, in person his is the strong, silent, 'man of few words' type. Stark contradiction to the diarhea-of-the-keyboard writing style he uses on his blog.
He's also very funny, and as the SBGi videos attest, he has great taste in music. On one of the scond series DVDs he has Johnny Cash's 'Ring of fire' playing over video of two guys boxing. Pretty Kewl!"You know what I like about you, William? You like guns AND meditation."