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    Principles Based Systems & "Sports"

    Are these two propositions contradictory?

    1. Our system is based on principles, not techniques.

    2. Our system does not work in a controlled environment with rules that prohibit certain techniques.
    Normally, I'd say I was grappling, but I was taking down and mounting people, and JFS has kindly informed us that takedowns and being mounted are neither grappling nor anti grappling, so I'm not sure what the **** I was doing. Maybe schroedinger's sparring, where it's neither grappling nor anti-grappling until somoene observes it and collapses the waveform, and then I RNC a cat to death.----fatherdog

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    They're unrelated until someone cops out. ;)

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    Any system has to work in a controlled environment unless you regularly injure or cripple your training partners. In a sporting context it depends largely on the rules I guessas to how effective it might be.

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    I believe this is what we call a "death blow". If you need me, I will be busy wiping the blood off my pen...er...keyboard.
    Normally, I'd say I was grappling, but I was taking down and mounting people, and JFS has kindly informed us that takedowns and being mounted are neither grappling nor anti grappling, so I'm not sure what the **** I was doing. Maybe schroedinger's sparring, where it's neither grappling nor anti-grappling until somoene observes it and collapses the waveform, and then I RNC a cat to death.----fatherdog

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    er, not so sure. if the principle is something along the lines of 'slit the guys throat, no matter how,' there are venues where this wouldnt work. take for example thumb wrestling.

    rules can be made to specifically counter principles as well as techniques...

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    Re: Principles Based Systems & "Sports"

    Originally posted by The Wastrel
    Are these two propositions contradictory?

    1. Our system is based on principles, not techniques.
    Nope. Of course that's assuming you know the difference between the two fundamentals.

    2. Our system does not work in a controlled environment with rules that prohibit certain techniques.
    This question is a bit misconstrued, if a system is predicated on the science of principles, the prohibition of techniques is not the issue, nor should it be.

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    I think the idea behind the principles based MA styles is that the techniques are virtually unlimited. Of course, if you say that rules prohbit certain techniques, then a spokesperson of whatever principle based MA you are talking about would definately say their system would be restricted because of any rules.

    The real problem, in my opinion, is that principle based MAs are not completely honest with themselves. There are always certain guidelines that are followed in a particular MA, for example forward pressure. However, the idea that just following a certain principle somehow opens up a giant rainbow of possibilities and techniques by itself is fallicious. You still have to know what the hell to do after when you follow the "principle".

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    Originally posted by tiltpoint

    rules can be made to specifically counter principles as well as techniques...
    The real problem is that certain individuals that are MMA/NHB/K-1/Boxing/Sumo or other sports-related arts, tend to blur the line between what they practice and what really occurs on the street or/and on a battlefield.

    Take boxing as an example, how effective would a bjj fighter be if confined to the restrictions and rules of boxing? He'd most likely lose. The same goes for a kali stylist that favors carrying and utilizing a knife wherever he travels, then is told by a MMA/NHB he can't use it because that would be "unfair."

    Therefore, it is a bit of a misconception that when a MMA/NHB or other tournament fighter believes he's humanities gift to combat because he wins titles and plastic trophies. Take them out of their element, and they are just as helpless as the TMA's they mock from the safety of their ring and tournament rules.

    Recently, a deranged Japanese man armed with a knife went on a rampage cutting and slashing innocent bystanders for no apparent reason. One of his victims was a professional K-1 fighter, Genki Sudo. Genki Sudo fled the attack instead of confronting his attacker.



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