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    Originally posted by submessenger View Post
    Perhaps, then, the delineation should be "national/official/olympic/professional" vs "commercial?"

    Similar: USGA US Open was this weekend. While it's "open," you still have to qualify (or have an exemption (i.e. be a pro)).
    Pretty much everything you mentioned has a commercial element. Never saw a "free" tournament in my life. What's wrong with the old elite-pro-amateur-recreational scale? Everything seems to fit nicely in those boxes, especially the martial arts. Most are recreational, a few are pro/am and a select few are then elite by definition. Olympics, Tokyo pd, national teams are elite because they are hard to entry. US Open, easier and open to amateurs under certain rules. The US Open is a path from amateur golf to professional, potentially elite status such as the Masters. Bjj is pretty open as far as the barrier to elite status but I do agree with Michael Tzadok that age is the limiting factor. Not so much a Bjj thing, but the increasing scale of difficulty and shrinking window of opportunity.

    Everyone has only a tiny little window of life through which they could be an elite at anything. SEAL, fencer, master at kendo, BJJ champion. I think this is why bullshido masters are so numerous. People love to pretend they hit that window, and no product out there in the market is as tuned for that customer than martial arts schools. IF you didn't become the elite fighter or ninja warrior you could have been at 20, there are schools out there ready to take your money to convince you it's still possible at 50, when it's not.
    Last edited by MrBeaj; 6/18/2018 11:12am, .

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      Originally posted by Raycetpfl View Post
      Have them go to a wall,stand about 2 foot or so away, lean backwards and walk themselves on their hands to the ground and then walk their hands back up.
      I picked up that wall exercise ages ago from some Matt Furey promo and it really worked.

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        Originally posted by ksennin View Post
        I picked up that wall exercise ages ago from some Matt Furey promo and it really worked.
        One of my teachers broke his arm.

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          Originally posted by Raycetpfl View Post
          One of my teachers broke his arm.
          Kids, don't try this at home...

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            Originally posted by Raycetpfl View Post
            One of my teachers broke his arm.
            Ha! It is a small world. Was it at some competition or a gong sau of some kind. Furey smacked too much of a selfpromoting type from the start.

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              Originally posted by ksennin View Post
              Ha! It is a small world. Was it at some competition or a gong sau of some kind. Furey smacked too much of a selfpromoting type from the start.
              I forget the details. I do remember laughing during the story because that shits funny to me.

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                After a brief intermission, class is once again resuming. Will post updates as they come available.

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                  Originally posted by Michael Tzadok View Post
                  After a brief intermission, class is once again resuming. Will post updates as they come available.
                  Please do we can use some serious humor around here.

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                    Alright first break so I can fill in a few things. Sorry if they are not humorous.

                    DFW called it quits today. Came in to tell GBA that, and to work on the paperwork of officially withdrawing. Apparently getting choked unconscious in 4 seconds flat caused him to rethink all the KM stuff he had been told on choke defense, and then that lead him to rethink everything else he had been taught in KM. So he is officially and permanently out.

                    Psych instructor then droned on for three straight hours repeating himself and rambling dropping occasional nuggets of wisdom. Not that what he is saying isn't good solid stuff, but with a psych degree, it is all really basic and he isn't having class interaction so nothing funny, and just a lot of me struggling to pay attention.

                    During the first minutes of the break JKN went over to talk with the psych teacher. He basically wanted confirmation that he is currently training in a psychologically unhealthy environment. Psych teacher totally agreed with him.

                    He then came over to me. He apparently looked up the Gracies in Action videos and some Andre Galvao vids, and has decided to finish out the course then take up BJJ. Totally sensible in my opinion. I didn't see that one coming.

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                      BJJ wins again.

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                        Most of the rest of the class was a further yawn. At one point the instructor talked about how to handle anger with your students. Which lead to a class wide argument about what was appropriate to get angry about and whether one should ever get angry with one's students. Nothing there really interesting.

                        Then the instructor went on about guaranteeing promotion to protect a student's self esteem. I would have kept my mouth shut, but he asked if anyone had a different opinion. Yep I sure do. Most of the class was shocked when I made the case for BJJ belt promotion being about actual fighting ability. They were far more shocked when I said it didn't matter how young a kid was when they started, they weren't getting a black belt before 19 with early 20's being more likely.

                        JKN and GN got into an argument after class as to whether Ninjutsu is BS. GN is still convinced that Booj is the greatest evar and that JKN has simply succumb to BJJ propaganda. JKN pointed out that GN refused to take part in my RNC lesson, and essentially told GN to take the Gracie challenge with me. Thankfully GN turned down the Gong Sao I had just been volunteered for, and made some noises about having nothing to prove to anyone.

                        JKN wanted my advice after that about the course. I gave him the unsolicited advice of not doing challenge matches and for sure not volunteering others for them. Then I told him to finish the course. Most BJJ clubs in this country need all the instructors they can get, even if it is just someone to be there for open mats for insurance reasons. That he will be able to add BJJ to his cert in a year(there is a mandatory 1yr wait between style additions) and if he totally throws himself into his BJJ training that is about how long it will take to get his blue belt and be legally qualified.

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                          Originally posted by Michael Tzadok View Post
                          DFW called it quits today. Came in to tell GBA that, and to work on the paperwork of officially withdrawing. Apparently getting choked unconscious in 4 seconds flat caused him to rethink all the KM stuff he had been told on choke defense, and then that lead him to rethink everything else he had been taught in KM. So he is officially and permanently out.
                          Do we have a "Choked the Krav Out of a Guy" tag here?

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                            Originally posted by ermghoti View Post
                            Do we have a "Choked the Krav Out of a Guy" tag here?
                            I'm going to need some of those if they're laying around.

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                              Originally posted by Michael Tzadok View Post
                              Most of the rest of the class was a further yawn. At one point the instructor talked about how to handle anger with your students. Which lead to a class wide argument about what was appropriate to get angry about and whether one should ever get angry with one's students. Nothing there really interesting.

                              Then the instructor went on about guaranteeing promotion to protect a student's self esteem. I would have kept my mouth shut, but he asked if anyone had a different opinion. Yep I sure do. Most of the class was shocked when I made the case for BJJ belt promotion being about actual fighting ability. They were far more shocked when I said it didn't matter how young a kid was when they started, they weren't getting a black belt before 19 with early 20's being more likely.

                              JKN and GN got into an argument after class as to whether Ninjutsu is BS. GN is still convinced that Booj is the greatest evar and that JKN has simply succumb to BJJ propaganda. JKN pointed out that GN refused to take part in my RNC lesson, and essentially told GN to take the Gracie challenge with me. Thankfully GN turned down the Gong Sao I had just been volunteered for, and made some noises about having nothing to prove to anyone.

                              JKN wanted my advice after that about the course. I gave him the unsolicited advice of not doing challenge matches and for sure not volunteering others for them. Then I told him to finish the course. Most BJJ clubs in this country need all the instructors they can get, even if it is just someone to be there for open mats for insurance reasons. That he will be able to add BJJ to his cert in a year(there is a mandatory 1yr wait between style additions) and if he totally throws himself into his BJJ training that is about how long it will take to get his blue belt and be legally qualified.
                              Soon the dark side will take hold. After a few classes he can be sent back to the ninja School to submit them all and then the transformation will be complete...

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                                What do you mean not humorous?
                                The aftermath of the choke is the best part of the story!

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