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    I'm going to my first TD in a couple of months, and then another later in the year. My views on it are the same as in life: Don't be a ****!

    If my nose gets broken whilst in the course of sparring I'm not going to be ecstatically happy but I'm not going to do anything to the person who did it. It's part of the risk you assume by practicing a MA, if you're not willing to accept that you shouldn't getting on the mat, any mat.

    If, however, someone gets pissed at having to tap to me, leaves the mat and comes back with a big stick and breaks my nose, I'll be bringing the full force of legal fu to bear.
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  2. #32
    Here's looking at you, squid. Join us... or die
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    I would hope that martial arts (or whatever you like to call them) are practiced in a atmosphere of presumed risk.

    this doesn't even begin to cover the potential for trouble if two people don't have the same idea about what "medium" or "hard" or "full contact" sparring actually is...
    I understand the potential, but that is why we, as adults, should be able to say, "Hey, back it down a little bit. You're going a little hard for me right now." If you can't say that because you're afraid your dick might shrink, you deserve to be punched harder than you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdave
    "Oh Noes!!!! I've been kidnapped and forced to compete in t3h und3rgr0und kum1t3!!!! Worse yet, they compelled me to sign a waiver!!!!"
    Hahaha, that's good I only brought it up cos a friend had told me a document is inadmissable in court if it doesn't have a witness co-sign said document dunno if that's true though.

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    Have there been any incidents of unwanted, and unwarranted aggression at a throwdown?
    Ignoring tap-outs, things like that?

    Some dicks just like to hurt people, and I could forsee a situation where some big jerk who never got hugs from dad going too far and really hurting somebody. That could come back on the promoter/venue owner...

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    I have been to three...and I have been embarrased 3 times...Throwdowns™ lowered my self-asteem...I have called an attorney and papers are being filed now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carrera26
    Some dicks just like to hurt people, and I could forsee a situation where some big jerk who never got hugs from dad going too far and really hurting somebody. That could come back on the promoter/venue owner...

    Yeah, but that can happen in any gym or classroom when you spar, it just kind of comes with the territory.

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    At the Oxford Throwdown in the UK we didn't use waivers. None of us were lawyers to my knowledge. We just assumed it would be ok if nobody was a dick, and if somebody was a dick they'd be in the minority and there'd be enough capable people watching to break things up. Just like you don't need to sign a waiver to play rugby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markcos262
    Hahaha, that's good I only brought it up cos a friend had told me a document is inadmissable in court if it doesn't have a witness co-sign said document dunno if that's true though.
    Your friend is a lawyer I presume?

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    At our Melbourne throwdown, Mut Sao made it quite clear that anyone acting like an asshole would have to get up and go. It was Mut Sao's dojo...it was his rules, and his instructor was their to participate so as it was his premises, it was easy to enforce. People were quite clear of that from the discussions on here first.

    Also, we had all agreed that each sparring match would only go as fast and as hard as the participants would take it. In other words, if two guys were sparring and there had been the chance that one was really green, then the other more experienced fighter would then use his wsdom to lighten up a touch. This didn't need to happen in the end, but it was the mindset we had set our throwdown around.

    I Liked the fact that at our throwdown we started off with some straightforward BJJ style grappling with no strikes. It was a good ice-breaker - a way for each person to get to know the way the other guy plays and also to take away any built up nerves/anxiety that could result in a guy making himself look like a hero/cockhead.

    Johnny S also made a good suggestion about having people from different styles talk a little about their system and what they like about it. Maybe even show one or two things. Its another good way for people to really see what each style has to offer.

    Just some food for thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubber Tanto

    Johnny S also made a good suggestion about having people from different styles talk a little about their system and what they like about it.
    Jumping up the ceiling and ninja staring you in freaking sweet!

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