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164 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock

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.

151 Only Who is Left

Jeff discusses the cognitive bias known as “survivor-ship bias.”

150 Photoshop Effect

Jeff draws a comparison to a popular software product to explain what he thinks constitutes a “legitimate” variation of a martial arts technique.

99 Dueling Concepts

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

 

89 Go With the Flow

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

70 Any Port in a Storm

Jeff discusses a concept common among a wide variety of martial arts styles; positions where you can find a moment of order in the chaos of combat.

57 I Don’t Think You Understand the Gravity of the Situation!

Jeff discusses the implications of trying to fight on Mars.

51 Building Your Grappling Game

Jeff shares his philosophy on the most efficient path to an effective grappling game.

49 Play is the Thing

Jeff discusses the importance of a balance of work and play in martial arts training.

24 Defeating the Straw Man

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

23 Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock

Jeff draws parallels between the game “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and various aspects of the Martial Arts.

9 Is Grappling Training Necessary?

Jeff discusses the importance of being able to competently defend yourself when you find that the fight has gone to the ground.

In the process he discusses the problem of ‘tribalism’ in the martial arts.