Tag: Filipino Martial Arts

176 Honor Thy Adversary

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The Martial Brain
176 Honor Thy Adversary



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Jeff answers a challenge from a listener in discussing what a college class can learn from a good martial arts school.

164 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock

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164 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock



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This is an archival reissue of The Martial Brain #23.¬† In it Jeff draws parallels between the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and various aspects of the Martial Arts.

99 Dueling Concepts

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The Martial Brain
99 Dueling Concepts



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Jeff discusses what happens when the right way to practice one martial art collides with the right way to practice a different martial art.

 

98 Lesson Planning and Helmuth Von Moltke

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The Martial Brain
98 Lesson Planning and Helmuth Von Moltke



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Jeff discusses the importance of developing the capacity for careful planning combined with skill at improvisation; both in the martial arts and in life.

96 Everything Good Came From Us!

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The Martial Brain
96 Everything Good Came From Us!



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Hyper-diffusionism is the misguided idea that ALL the world’s important cultural achievements, indeed all the world’s CULTURES came from a single particularly superior civilization and then diffused out to the rest of the world.

89 Go With the Flow

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The Martial Brain
89 Go With the Flow



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Jeff discusses the amazing interlocking, reciprocal flow drills of the Filipino martial arts.

28 Logic is Like a Sword

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28 Logic is Like a Sword



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Jeff discusses the value and practicality of the apparently anachronistic practice of training with non-firearm weapons.

 

24 Defeating the Straw Man

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24 Defeating the Straw Man



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Jeff discusses the logical fallacy called “The Straw Man Argument”, and compares it to some typical discussions about the martial arts.

13 The Monkey Brain

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13 The Monkey Brain



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Jeff discusses the dangers of losing focus when acting as a partner in a martial arts drill, and the furtive, malevolent animal that lurks in our brain, waiting to get out.

12 Essence and the Martial Arts

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12 Essence and the Martial Arts



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Jeff discusses the human tendency to either seek or avoid ‘essence’ that is not, in fact there, and how this tendency complicates life and training in the martial arts.

3 What is a Traditional Martial Art?

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The Martial Brain
3 What is a Traditional Martial Art?



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Jeff digs into the use of the word ‘traditional’ when applied to a martial art, and what he perceives as the problems in coming to an apt definition.