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Martial Arts Topics / Re: Earthquake Safety
« on: March 12, 2010, 12:18:37 PM »
The guy that originally found this article has done a bit more research apparently and also come up with these to go alongside ... I guess a wide circle of research is a good idea in this day and age -

Martial Arts Topics / Earthquake Safety
« on: March 11, 2010, 04:26:29 PM »
Interesting piece:

My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the
American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world's most experienced
rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams
from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries, and I am
a member of many rescue teams from many countries.

I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I
have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except
for simultaneous disasters.

The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City
during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under its desk. Every child
was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived
by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene,
unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I
didn't at the time know that the children were told to hide under
something. I am amazed that even today schools are still using the
"Duck and Cover" instructions- telling the children to squat under
their desks with their heads bowed and covered with their hands. This
was the technique used in the Mexico City school.

Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings
falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects,
leaving a space or void next to them. This space is what I call the
'triangle of life'. The larger the object, the stronger, the less i t
will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the
greater the probability that the person who is using this void for
safety will not be injured. The next time you watch collapsed
buildings, on television, count the 'triangles' you see formed. They
are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a
collapsed building.


1) Almost everyone who simply 'ducks and covers' when buildings
collapse ARE CRUSHED TO DEATH. People who get under objects, like desks
or cars, are crushed.

2) Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position.
You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival
instinct. That position helps you survive in a smaller void. Get next
to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will
compress slightly but leave a void next to it.

3) Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during
an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the
earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids
are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing
weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will
cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.
Concrete slab buildings are the most dangerous during an earthquake.

4) If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply
roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can
achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting
a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie
down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.

5) If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out
the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position
next to a sofa, or large chair.

6) Almost everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is
killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls
forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the
door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In
either case, you will be killed!

7) Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different 'moment of
frequency (they swing separately from the main part of the building).
The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each
other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people
who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads ?
horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn't collapse, stay away
from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be
damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they
may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should
always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not

Cool Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible
- It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than
the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of
the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be

9) People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above
falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly
what happened with the slabs between the decks of the Nimitz Freeway.
The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their
vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by
getting out and lying in the fetal position next to their vehicles.
Everyone killed would have survived if they had been able to get out of
their cars and sit or lie next to them. All the crushed cars had voids
3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall
directly across them.

10) I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices
and other offices with a lot of paper, that paper does not compact.
Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.

In 1996 we made a film, which proved my survival methodology to be
correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul , University
of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this
practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20
mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did 'duck and cover,' and ten
mannequins I used in my 'triangle of life' survival method. After the
simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered
the building to film and document the results.

The film, in which I practiced my survival techniques under directly
observable, scientific conditions, relevant to building collapse,
showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck
and cover.

There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using
my method of the 'triangle of life.' This film has been seen by
millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and
it was seen in the USA , Canada and Latin America on the TV program
Real TV.

Spread the word and save someone's life... The entire world is
experiencing natural calamities so be prepared!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Movies/TV of interest
« on: January 22, 2010, 08:43:52 AM »
I think its 'Blood: The Last Vampire' unless I'm missing something else out there ....

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Corrections and Prison
« on: January 11, 2010, 08:47:46 AM »
I follow Rory Millers blog -
I really enjoy his thoughts and observations.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knives for good
« on: January 11, 2010, 08:26:19 AM »
The knife definitely used for good here, but surrounded by a debate that leaves me dumbfounded :? -

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Corrections and Prison
« on: January 08, 2010, 06:51:33 AM »
Just read you piece Guro Crafty.
Really awesome  8-)
I hope you don't mind that I share it with friends, with copyright and URL of course :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: December 29, 2009, 06:35:08 AM »
Just saw Sherlock Holmes and really enjoyed the 'Bartitsu'!
This looks like its going to be good too  8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Vid-clip of 9/20/09 DB Open Gathering
« on: November 17, 2009, 06:14:06 PM »
Great clip  :-D 8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: November 14, 2009, 04:43:34 PM »

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizens defend themselves/others.
« on: October 19, 2009, 09:51:09 AM »
VETERAN Melbourne defence lawyer Alex Lewenberg, who was viciously bashed this week by an intruder in his city apartment, has been in plenty of scraps - in and out of court.

As a kid in postwar Europe, the Russian-born Jew was forced to defend himself to survive in street fights, and learnt never to lie down.

He boxed as a 12-year-old in Poland, then fought in Czechoslovakia, Greece and Israel as a welterweight, a trade that ultimately helped finance his studies.
Alex Lewenberg, 68, was back at work a day after fighting off an intruder.

Alex Lewenberg, 68, was back at work a day after fighting off an intruder. Photo: Craig Abraham

In Melbourne over 40 years, he has built a reputation as a pugnacious and successful solicitor, who has tenaciously represented clients, from Billy ''The Texan'' Longley to Boris ''The Black Diamond'' Beljajev and anyone else seeking help.

He has also been stabbed, shot at and had his house bombed by the opposing sides in family law cases, was disqualified 20 years ago for professional misconduct and once was attacked in his office by a woman with a baseball bat.

Given his renowned resilience, recent matters have fallen like water off a rhino's back.

About 9am on Tuesday, Mr Lewenberg, now 68 and still no pushover, was attacked by a younger and fitter man who king-hit him with a fist fitted with a knuckle duster or weighted with rings in the fifth-floor kitchen. ''It was a beautiful right-cross from a short distance,'' Mr Lewenberg recounted yesterday to The Age, with knowledge not flippancy.

The blow smashed into the left side of his face, above his eye, but ''my boxing experience told me that if you are about to fall grab your opponent and hang on to him'', he said.

And hang on he did, but also landed blows in a bloody battle that lasted 20 minutes as the pair, locked together, wrestled across a polished black granite floor.

As Mr Lewenberg edged his attacker away from a row of knives towards a doorway and a lift, the man grabbed a sword from a standing suit of armour called Sir Dudley.

The pair burst through the door, the blade cutting Mr Lewenberg's arm, leg and body, then fell downstairs, and tumbling to the fourth floor.

With blood pouring from both men, the attacker bit Mr Lewenberg's ear. Then, after Mr Lewenberg grabbed his testicles, the man fled.

Back at work the day after, he suspects the attacker was not a local, while police, at this stage, believe it was not a ''disgruntled'' client.

Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizens defend themselves/others.
« on: October 09, 2009, 05:30:11 PM »
Let's all hear it for #25!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: New Member Needs Advice
« on: October 05, 2009, 08:12:23 AM »
I have heard of great results from crossfit type workouts - specially tailored to one's abilities - Perhaps there are personal trainers in your area who can help you get started?
There are guys in the UK who are developing more fight oriented workouts also, with the crossfit idea as an inspiration. I know of one guy who is training someone at much the same start point as yourself. The guy has lost weight, gained strength and condition, and has started some bag and pad work to integrate the fighting aspect, all with workouts kept within the parameters of his ability.
If you get some quality instruction up front, later it is easier to create workouts more specific to your needs - e.g, stick work, ground work etc and develop a personal practice once you have understood the principles behind creating one.
Good luck!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Citizens defend themselves/others.
« on: September 23, 2009, 07:51:23 AM »
Customer tackles bank robber:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment
« on: September 10, 2009, 06:48:31 PM »
Not home made equipment, but material that looks like it could be used in some interesting ways. Not sure how to get some/ if it's for sale ... but cool stuff anyways:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: August 06, 2009, 03:47:39 PM »
That was fantastic  :-D :mrgreen:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife for Self Defense
« on: August 05, 2009, 06:46:05 AM »
Real situations give us all a better understanding of what to expect, and from Maxx's story and from the similar one I mentioned, it is not unusual for a weapon to be hidden and subsequently drawn by an attacker.
After that we are all hypothesizing as to what/when/if etc ....

I am in agreement with you David, that staying on your feet and creating enough time to get away, especially when a blade is in play is the best scenario, also that pain compliance is not to be relied upon.

I do think it is worth separating a couple ideas here though. I have been interacting with some guys in the UK who teach Self Protection specifically, and it has been pointed out that there is a different psychology going on in an attacker who is out to rob/mug/threaten you for money or use threat for rape, than there is in your common or garden fight kicking off. An attacker who wants something from you is not expecting to fight you ...they have picked you because they pretty much DON"T think you'll fight back.
One guy stepping to another, or acting like a drunk idiot is a very different scenario.

Pulling a weapon in the first scenario might have a dissuasive effect on the attacker, whereas there may not be time in the second, or it may not be a good idea ...or it may, if he's got friends ...or you have space ... or .... or .....

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife for Self Defense
« on: August 03, 2009, 04:53:46 PM »
Interesting conversation, which made a few points come to mind-

I think Self Protection training is certainly a thing to itself, trained as both David and Maxx pointed out, though there are cross over points from more 'old fashioned' martial arts, and Filipino arts particularly.

David said:
"You said you had a folder at the time but didn't even realize it was there.  This most certainly highlights the reason everyone must train empty hands first."

This has also happened to me but the moment passed and the threat never turned into anything so in the end it didn't matter, until after when I thought to myself ...'but I had a penknife in my bag, that might have been useful ...'

Crafty posted a story about the psychological effect of a blade, where it perhaps has the most use. ("No, THIS is a knife" - Quote Crocodlie Dundee) because as has been discussed, you can't feel it which means it's possibly not the best way to stop an attack, unless you are willing to do so much damage it has a major effect.

OTOH, I do believe that TRAINING the blade can up your skills in many ways - i.e. you don't just train the blade to be able to use the blade, you train with it because of it's ability to improve you sense of range  and footwork, your timing, your hand eye co ordination, your accuracy and focus, and the ability to read intention and understand more about human psychology. It also makes you much more aware of what your opponent might try.
Obviously learning how to hit something very hard, empty handed, repeatedly, is a primary skill, but I'm a great advocate of blade training right alongside the empty hand, not something that is separate and comes later.
Also, IMHO you don't duel to ONLY learn how to duel, you do it for all the reasons I listed above. It's NOT the same as Self Protection training, and is no substitute, but it does up your game.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Knife for Self Defense
« on: July 29, 2009, 03:45:56 PM »
Yikes Maxx ...nasty story. Glad you are OK.
I think I posted a while back ... maybe .... of a similar thing that happened to a friend of some contractors I was working with. As they told it, it went to the ground with their friend on top, but dude on the pavement reached inside his jacket or something, pulled a blade, and stabbed him. Just like you, the guy never felt it till after.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: June 28, 2009, 08:15:43 AM »
Short interview with Leo Gaje and Dan Inosanto.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Emergency Tips and Emergency Medicine
« on: June 24, 2009, 01:47:01 PM »
Part 2 -

Training in use of a BVM will be part of the EMT class I mentioned earlier. I'll wait here while you go find out when your local community college or rescue squad will be having their next class. Plan on being a part of that class. You will be making your community, and thereby your family, safer.

You can buy your own, and Gall's will ding your for around $15 for a disposable model. In the hospital, we use these once and discard them. You might choose to meticulously clean yours and re-use it. Your local rescue squad or ambulance may shop locally, and you might want to do likewise. Ya know, if you were to volunteer with your local rescue squad, you might be able to obtain things like this at your agency's cost. All this on top of the good karma from helping to provide a necessary community service. And,, besides, becoming known to the locals (police included) as one of “the good guys”. Your phone book likely will provide the contact information you require. I'll still be here when you get back.

One of the adjuncts to using a BVM is called an oral airway. Oral airways come in sizes, which may be selected according to the size of the patient. Their purpose is to hold the flaccid tongue of a profoundly unconscious patient forward, so that it does not sag against the rear of the throat and thereby block the passage of air into and out of the lungs. The problem it may trigger is, should your patient be other than profoundly unconscious, he or she will vomit. Among other disasters this may cause, the enzymes from the stomach, designed to digest proteins, will (unsurprisingly) begin to digest the proteins found in the delicate tissues of the air sacs (alveoli) of the lungs, with effects you are likely to be able to imagine on your own. Very Bad Thing. [JWR Adds: Plastic airways usually come in sets of six sizes, and usually color-coded these days, available for less than $5 per set on eBay. Buy a couple of sets. Someday you may be very glad that you did!]

Another way to fail when employing an oral airway is to bunch up the patient's tongue in the rear of the throat. This blocks air flow, strangling your patient. This device must be restricted to only profoundly unconscious patients, and only if you are schooled in its use. You can buy them individually, or in sets. Before shipping, they go for around $5.00/set. You might elect to buy them one at a time, but at $5 a pop, they aren't a particularly major investment.

When I'm confronted by an actively bleeding patient, I reach for a Carlyle dressing. Mine are the old style The Carlyle iteration includes muslin (cloth) ties to secure as any other tied bandage. The 21st century version is called an Israeli Dressing, and is available from various sources. (see my shopping list/spreadsheet for representative sources) It consists of a sterile dressing incorporating an elastic bandage to secure the dressing to the wound. Should you shop gun shows or surplus stores for your equipment, be wary of old dressings. They present potential issues of failed sterility as well as mustiness or mildew occasioned by improper storage or imperfect packaging. The contemporary Israeli Battle Dressings are available from Cheaper Than Dirt or from Gall's for $9.00 or $10.00 each.

Another wound care product is QuikClot . This is a mineral product, bound to a dressing, which enhances clotting, and thereby slows and limits blood loss in the bleeding patient (common in trauma, surprisingly enough!) One article (QuikClot Use in Trauma for Hemorrhage Control: Case Series of 103 Documented Uses. Journal of Trauma-Injury Infection & Critical Care. 64(4):1093-1099, April 2008.) reflected the occurrence of burns in several patients, but the manufacturer's web site reports that changes in packaging and delivery system have addressed this issue.

An alternative you might consider is Celox. It appears perhaps to be a reasonable alternative to QuikClot. It is derived from shrimp shells, although it seems to not produce allergic reactions in folks otherwise allergic to seafood. I have no personal experience with either product, but the reports are interesting. This goes on my “further research” list!

The preceding items are to be found in the outside pocket or very top of my jump kit. I don't want to be searching for them when I feel the need for them Right Freaking Now. Beneath the don't-wanna-wait-for-them items, I have supplies of somewhat lesser immediacy. These allow me to assess the situation in greater detail, or address issues that may come to light that are of less time sensitivity.

Triangular Bandages are useful for slings of injured arms, or may be folded into narrow strips and then used as a means to secure splints or dressings (as “cravat bandages”). If we were to consider them as a backpacker might, they may be used as expedient dust masks, bandannas, head coverings, or washcloths. I buy muslin by the yard at Wal-Mart, and cut it from one corner to the other, forming (surprise!) 2 triangles approximately a yard on a side. I keep 6 to 8 in my kit.

Bandage shears are the most obvious of the prehospital medic's tools. You can go with Lister style bandage scissors, often found as “nurse's scissors”, or the plastic and steel “super shears”. Prices range from $4.00 and up. Frequently employed to trim dressings to the proper size, cut away clothing from wounds, and to cut bandages.

Did you ever notice that a tongue blade/tongue depressor is almost exactly the width of a finger? And just a bit longer than your Mark 1, Mod 0 finger? Exactly like it were designed to be a finger splint, isn't it? In addition, should you tape three of them together one on top of the other, you have a dandy tool for tightening that “Spanish windlass” you are going to learn about, when your EMT class teaches you how to apply and improvise a traction splint for a fractured femur (thighbone). Finally, if you are unhappy at the thought of wiggling somebody's fractured femur (broken thighbone) so you may place ties (cravats: remember them?) for a splint, tongue blades are thin, stiff, and very helpful at limiting the wiggling as you place ties beneath the broken bone of your choice. I keep a handful handy.

You can pay a couple of bucks for them at the corner pharmacy, or you might be able to talk your way into several for free, like when you are volunteering at some public service event with your local volunteer fire department, emergency medical service, or amateur radio club.

Stethoscope/Blood Pressure Cuff. A stethoscope allows you to hear the sounds made as air moves into and out of the lungs, and note changes from normal. These changes might occur because your patient has a collapsed lung, or has pneumonia, or heart failure. When you get that far into your EMT class (hint, hint), you will learn how to evaluate these changes, and what sort of treatment decisions you ought to consider when you notice them. In addition, you will learn how to measure, and interpret, your patient's blood pressure.

I am certain you will know somebody who will go out and get the cardiology deluxe stethoscope, with the multi disc cd player, mag wheels, and gold trim. Do not join them in this folly. Spend $10-40 at the same place the local student nurses get their stethoscopes, and spend the difference on your spouse, whose enthusiastic support you will require, anyhow. If you can show your spouse how your expenditure of family money and time on supplies, education, and volunteering promote values that you both agree upon, the both of you will thereby make your family more crisis resistant. If your family is more crisis resistant, then you are not only NOT a drag on community emergency services during an emergency, you all might even be an affirmative community asset during bad times. That cannot fail to be a Good Thing when you get to explain yourself to The Jewish Carpenter. Me, I'm going to require all the help I can get. I'm volunteering!

Adhesive tape (1 inch, 2 inch) secures dressings, holds loose ends of bandages, and provides a single use notepad (tear off a length, tape it to your thigh, and jot notes. You will not lay it down somewhere to be forgotten). If you listen to some friendly and knowledgeable athletic trainer, you can learn how to use it to support sprained ankles or knees if the preferred treatment (rest, ice, elevation) is not possible. Before you employ these tricks, bear in mind that physicians frequently cannot differentiate a sprain from a fracture, even after an x-ray. In my view, except under the most dire possible circumstances, walking on a fractured (or sprained) extremity is a Very Bad Thing. Two rolls each are at hand when I open my green bag.

I keep 12 to 15 Gauze pad, sterile, 4x4 in my kit. I employ them as eye pads, padding beneath splints, or as (oddly enough) dressing for wounds. Occasionally I encounter a wound bleeding so enthusiastically that a couple of gauze pads will be overwhelmed. Fortunately, I haven't come across such a wound off duty, but in the hospital we use a “boat” of sterile gauze. This is a plastic tray of ten sponges in one pack. The tray also may be used as a clean basin for wound irrigation/cleansing solution. In the hospital we use sterile saline, you may elect to use the water from your retort pouch, or fresh from the bottle as you purchased it for storage. I would certainly give it some thought.

If you happen to be the purchasing agent for your entire survival community, ambulance service, or the entire Boy Scout Council, you might find the case price from Galls to be a useful bit of information. 1200 sterile 4x4 pads for $89.99 works out to around 7.5 cents each.

Triple padding/ABD padding, sterile, 5x9 inch. These multiple layer absorbent dressings are designed for wounds producing a lot of drainage of either blood or other fluid. They are my first choice for a bulky dressing or splint padding. I keep 6 in my kit. The frugally minded may note that “sanitary napkins” are designed to absorb drainage, are “medically aseptic”, and are available nearly everywhere.

And, on a related note, tampons from the “feminine hygiene” shelf at your local store are also constructed to absorb fluids, and contain them. Should you confront a penetrating wound, “tamponading” a wound is a widely known concept among inhabitants of the medical world. Packing such a wound with a tampon using sterile technique might prove to be life saving, and provide hemorrhage control options not otherwise available. (

Roller Gauze, 4 inch is typically used to secure a dressing (see Gauze Sponge, above) to the wound. I pack 6 in my kit, and they have “found careers” as bandages to secure dressings, securing splints when I run out of triangular bandages, and upon occasion as packing/dressings for vigorously bleeding wounds. In fact, when one is employed as the dressing, and another as the bandage, I can not only dress the wound, but also (since the bulky roll provides a pressure point) apply direct pressure to the bleeding site. This provides an alternative to the Carlyle or Israeli Dressing, cited above

Vaseline Gauze (sterile, 3x9 inch) is intended to seal wounds penetrating the chest, in order to prevent collapse of your patient's lung(s). When you seal the defect in the chest wall, your patient will not draw in air through the wound when s/he inhales, and thereby not fill the space between the lung and the chest wall (the pleural space) with air. When you can avoid this, inhaling draws in air through the mouth, trachea and bronchi, and that inflates your lungs, and we think that is a good thing. Myself, I pitch the gauze and tape three sides of the foil package, sterile side towards the wound, forming a flutter valve sort of effect. In this way I allow excess pressure in the pleural space to vent to atmosphere (stopping further lung collapse, I hope), and seal the hole when the pressure inside the chest is less than atmospheric pressure (like when the patient inhales). The only way left to equalize that pressure is by inflating the lungs, already described with approval above.

The other use for Vaseline gauze is when my lips or hands are dry, in which case I use the Vaseline to remedy that little problem.

We all can think of uses for the common elastic bandage, 4 inch and 2 inch. Two inch is useful for sprains of your wrist or thumb, and the 4 inch is used for an ankle twist/sprain. In addition, I can use them to secure a splint (there is that rule of threes, seen in other posts on this blog, again!), as the “swathe” part of a sling-and-swathe to immobilize an injured shoulder, or as part of a pressure bandage over a dressed wound that does not want to stop bleeding.

Large Bulb Syringe (for which you can substitute a turkey baster) functions as an expedient means of removing fluids from the airway of someone who is not managing to do so effectively on their own. It will not work nearly as well as a battery powered or pump action suction, such as you might find on your local rescue squad rig, but it won't cost you $50-$60 (for the manually pumped version) either. Second best is superior to nothing.

Mylar “Space blankets” protect you or your patient from the hypothermia-inducing effects of the wind, slowing heat loss. Generally colored bright orange on one side and silver on the other, there are signaling opportunities as well. In a pinch, you can improvise shelter from one or two. Amazon sells the "Space Brand" blanket inexpensively. Equip your jump kits, and each member of your family with one or two.

Any accident so severe as to convince suspicious old me (alumnus of Detroit's EMS) to stop and offer assistance will not be fixed with a couple of Adhesive Bandages (aka “Band Aids”). I have six in my jump kit, two entire boxes at home (and parceled out among my camper, car, and household kits).

I keep a couple of Ice Packs around, as assorted adventures may bring on modest orthopedic injuries. Ice is helpful for strains, sprains, or overuse of an over aged joint (...not that I would know anything, firsthand, about that...). Choices include “instant cold packs”, or that old picnicker's standby, a zip lock bag full of ice from the cooler.

Either option has drawbacks. I do not generally drive about with a cooler of ice at hand, although when camping I am likely to do so. Instant cold packs are kind of fragile, and you might find, when you go to place one in service, that you have a leaking mess on your hands. On the other hand, they are more likely to be there when you want one.

The foregoing lists the contents of my “jump kit”. I keep one kit in my vehicle, and another at home. In addition, there are Subordinate Kits, kept in camper, car and home, for lesser sorts of occasions. I have customized each by adding more dressings, triangular bandages, roller gauze, and gloves. In addition, I improved over the baseline “Wally World” $15 first aid kit, by adding zip lock bags of various household medications. I labeled each bag with the name of the med, the out date of that particular bottle, directions for use, and date of packing. I made my selections by inspecting my own medicine cabinet, and pondering which meds I had wished I had kept handy the last time I was out camping, for example. Most everything commonly needed is therefore in the Camper Kit, Car Kit, or House Kit.

The jump kits are reserved for “Holy Fertilizer!” sorts of events. They are not mere “boo-boo boxes”. Reserved in this way, I will not find myself hunting (and swearing) in crisis, as I need this or that widget, which some child (or adult) has used, and not restocked.

Some of us might contemplate longer term medical preparations. For those, I recommend Dr. Jane Orient's article. Once I get beyond the 20 year old pricing, the are only a couple of improvements I could suggest. One is in the arena of recently developed antibiotics (as in quinolones). Even in that light, it seems to me to be a very good basis for developing a longer term medical kit (and training plan) for your particular circumstances.

Another substitution I would make, is to delete surgical masks, and substitute NIOSH N-95 masks. I found a carton of MSA Safety Works No. 10005403, Pack of 20 Harmful Dust Respirator Model 10005043 for $18.97/each carton at Home Depot. You may find similar products locally.

Additionally, I would add loratidine (you may recognize the brand of Claritin) as a non-sedating antihistamine. (Personally, I would prefer my personnel pulling OP duty to be non-sedated.) I'd also add the most frugal of the following : ranitidine, famotidine, cimetidine, in lots of 1,000 tabs, as a superior stomach acid blocking medication, to supplement the antacid Dr. Orient suggested over 20 years ago. As the “big gun” for acid stomach problems or GERD, I'd lay in a supply of Prilosec OTC. This class of stomach medication is the yardstick against which all others are presently measured.

If you are planning establishing a longer term medical cache, it is imperative that you do so only in concert with a physician, or other personnel licensed to prescribe. The guidance you will receive will help you avoid causing more illness than you relieve. Medications are a double bitted axe, and may cut on the upstroke as well as on the downstroke. Be aware.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Emergency Tips and Emergency Medicine
« on: June 24, 2009, 01:46:25 PM »
This was forwarded to me only a few days ago - any thoughts?

The Jump Kit, by Skyrat

Inside the trunk of my vehicle is a near duplicate of the “jump kit” or “Green Bag” used in my days with the Detroit Fire Department's Emergency Medical Service Division. When I come across a roadside collision before the local medics, everything I need to start patient care is in the green canvas bag I sling over my shoulder. The supplies in my personal vehicle are very much like those I carried in my street medic days, and reflect a strong basic life support/trauma bias.

Basic life support includes those interventions that do not go past the skin, and generally do not require physician direction to implement. Advanced life support, on the other hand, includes therapies that do go past the skin, and include medications, intravenous fluids (IVs), electrical counter shock, and airway intubation.

I do not include intravenous fluids or medications in my green bag for a couple of reasons. First, these items have a limited storage life under the best of conditions, and the rear of a passenger vehicle in Northern Michigan is not calculated to prolong it. Second, the statutes under which paramedics practice here in Michigan requires systematic physician supervision of advanced patient care. Fundamentally, that means that if you are not functioning within an established paramedic system, you are out of bounds should you perform advanced procedures on the street. Third, advanced patient care procedures are occasions of peril even in the hospital, let alone in the rear of an ambulance. This is so, even within a system of continuing education, continuous quality assessment, supervision, and the backup of both your partner, and the physician and clinical staff on the other end of the telephone or radio. Soloing at the roadside provides neither you nor your patient with these safeguards.

Firearms owners are likely acquainted with the “gun shop commando”, classically braying about the bogus “shoot 'em and drag 'em inside” philosophy of home violence management. Likewise, you might consider the existence of the “parlor paramedic”, who seems to reason something like, ”wait until the Schumer hits the fan, and I'll come out of the closet, birthin' babies and saving lives!”

In order to entertain this fantasy, you will need the tools of the trade. Medications are not without risks, do not keep forever, and are expensive. Additionally, there is the issue of convincing a physician that he or she ought to prescribe for you and that you can differentiate your Barneyfrank (ass) from a hole in the ground. If the expense is no problem for you because you have money to burn, please see me after class! If you think that the utility of your medication stash outweighs the other concerns, please contemplate these points: 1) In the absence of a catastrophe the likes of which America has never seen, it is both illegal and immoral to withhold professional medical care required by an ill or injured person. 2) During Schumeresque times, it is unlikely that the infrastructure will be in service which allows the delivery of complex, highly skilled care to those in need. Particularly, you will not have access to that infrastructure, and (if you have your head screwed on straight) you will have no desire to perform skills you are not trained to do, in the midst of a disaster, upon your vulnerable, hurting and injured loved ones.

By way of example, I have 30 yeas of EMS and nursing experience (in ICU, CCU, and ER), as well as licensure as a Physician's Assistant. I have used Dopamine, along with other invasive therapies, innumerable times to support the blood pressure of critically ill or injured patients. Dopamine has potent effects upon the heart, among other systems, and these effects are monitored by a cardiac monitor. I found a Zoll Automatic Cardiac Defibrillator, after a brief internet search, for $3,000, which appears after a casual review to allow monitoring. The question, however, is whether you can make sense of the tracing the monitor displays, identify adverse changes in cardiac rhythm, and respond appropriately. Additionally, do you know the adverse effects Dopamine may have, and how they must be managed? If not, you have no business trifling with it. I have done all these things for years in my Nursing practice, and I do not have Dopamine in my personal stores. You need to assume the risks you both understand and are comfortable with. I am reluctant to assume this risk for myself and my family.

My bias toward trauma derives from the fact that the stabilization and management of the medical patient, in contrast to the trauma patient, calls for assessments and interventions that I generally do not find appropriate outside of the hospital or advanced life support ambulance. Determining the source of the patient's distress will identify what treatment is required. While there are a few medical conditions that are responsive to basic life support interventions, I am not about to pretend that a few thousand words will equip you to make such judgments. Find an American Red Cross first aid class and master it. Better yet, become an EMT.

Just the other day, I came upon a rollover as my girlfriend and I were en route to attend some family function. There were half-a-dozen civilians clustered about, and things seemed well in hand. The first firefighter arrived shortly after me, and I deferred to him. Offering him wound care supplies, I was surprised to discover I could not find any gloves in my kit! Returning home, I undertook an inventory. Here is the result of that tally, and some discussion of my view of why each item belongs in my kit.

Training comes first. There is a story told of the early days of the Israeli state, when the emergency response planners had the budget required to train their personnel to stabilize and transport spine injured patients, or buy the splints (called backboards), but not both. The story relates that the planners elected to train their personnel, and subsequently noted a spine injured kibbutznik transported to the hospital by his comrades, secured effectively to an entire barn door.

I place a priority on training for several reasons. First, neither vermin nor adverse storage conditions have ever ruined training and rendered it unusable. Secondly, “they can have my training when they can pry it from my cold, dead mind”. Third, I have never ever (in my disorganized life) failed to pack my training. Fourth, there is nothing that will be displaced from my supplies in order to make room for my training. Fifth, in contrast to supplies, ability improves with use, and becomes more abundant when you share it with others.

Begin with CPR training. Three or four hours of your time will equip you with the skill that may save a life in the here-and-now. You will gain an introduction to patient assessment, and learn some of he fundamentals of first aid, and whatever dilemma confronts you, your response cannot fail to be more effective with some training to guide you. Effectiveness saves lives.

Look into local outlets for first aid training. The American Red Cross, the National Safety Council, your local community college, as well as perhaps others offer credible training which may serve as an introduction to further studies. The justification for the further expenditure of additional hours may be found in the preceding paragraph. Additionally, if you are more acquainted with what the medical conversation is about, the health care decisions made with regard to yourself and your family will be less mysterious to you, and better informed decisions tend to be better decisions. The better your health, the better your chances of coming out the other side of Schumer times intact, and therefore the better chance of bringing your family with you, likewise unscathed.

Consider EMT schooling. You will learn more emergency care skills (a good thing), and an introduction to elementary anatomy and pathophysiology (how things go wrong in illness and injury). Such education gives you the opportunity to be a more informed participant in your health care decisions, and that is itself a good thing, as well.

It really doesn't matte what sort of container you employ for your emergency supplies, so long as it meets your particular needs for security, identification, accessibility, protection and convenience.

Some fire departments use plastic “totes” to organize supplies required for specific types of calls. For example, haz-mat supplies are packed inside specific totes, and the top secured with a cable tie or some such device. An inventory is attached to the top (sealed in plastic) to identify what is inside, as well as out dates of time sensitive components. When properly closed, such bins are drip and dust resistant, resist crushing or jumbling of the contents, and can be convenient to carry when not overfilled. On the other hand, they will not conveniently fit beneath a vehicle seat, may be unwieldy to retrieve and place into action, and may get buried beneath other stuff in a trunk or truck box.

Others of my acquaintance use ammo cans, or plastic fishing tackle boxes. These are generally more convenient to shlep about (unless your tastes run along the lines of a 20 mm ammo can) and are more drip/dust/duh! resistant than the tubs mentioned above. On the other hand, they may overturn with disappointing ease, spilling your supplies into whatever noxious fluid is abundant on your particular scene.

I use a green canvas musette type bag. It is not water resistant, is not neatly compartmentalized, and does not have an IR glint Star of Life embroidered upon it. On the other hand, I know how my stuff inside is organized, it is convenient to sling over my shoulder when the scene requires that I do so, and the local military surplus store will sell me another for $10-20 when that becomes needful. It will fit beneath a van seat, or in a tub in my trunk, and I can work out of it when I have it slung.

Items that I am likely to require promptly are either in the outside pocket or immediately inside the top flap of the bag. These are things that I do not want to be fumbling for as I approach a scene. I will not list what might be considered “everyday carry” items like pocket knife, flashlight(s), CS spray, sidearm, and a cell phone. While these tools help keep the rescuer from becoming a victim of an ambush laid for a 'Good Samaritan” , particularly when employed in concert with a Condition Orange mindset. (I did mention I started out in Detroit, didn't I?) These items do not seem to me to be rescue/first aid/emergency medical tools.

First up is several pairs of gloves. (well, now, anyhow!) I am allergic to latex, so I have nitrile gloves. Current practice is to wear gloves anytime you might reasonably anticipate exposure to blood or other bodily fluids: tears, urine, stool, saliva, gastric contents, or any other moist, body-origin material you might imagine (and perhaps a few you might not!). I have so thoroughly incorporated this into my life that I get uneasy caring for my own children (or, at my advanced age, grandchildren!) without gloving first. These are in a zip-lock bag, safety pinned (now!) just inside the top flap of my green bag.

The upside to all this is that scrupulous gloving and thorough hand washing have so far proven highly effective at preventing the spread of the most common blood-borne infections. Diseases spread via airborne droplets (for example, Legionnaires disease), of course, require additional precautions. Others are spread by organisms coming to rest upon environmental surfaces and then accessing a vulnerable host (just like you and I are vulnerable hosts to “the common cold”) by means of unconsciously touching our faces after touching a contaminated surface. For myself, after 30 plus years of patient contact the worst I have brought home has been an occasional upper respiratory infection due to my conscientiously applying the glove/hand wash/hands away from my face regimen.

The next item I'll feel a burning need to have in my hands is a bag-valve-mask (BVM). This is a manually operated ventilation tool. It is employed by sealing the mask over the unbreathing patient's face, squeezing the self inflating bag, and thereby forcing air into your patient's lungs. Repeat at a rate of approximately 12-20 times a minute. Advantage: no kissing strangers, required for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. You are able to maintain situational awareness of such things as evolving environmental hazards (like leaking gasoline), or indicators of your patient's improving condition (...he said, thinking positively!). On the downside, using a BVM is difficult in untutored hands. It is easier (compared to mouth-to-mouth) to force air into the patient's stomach, which will elicit vomiting. Aside from the aesthetic issues this presents, vomiting in a profoundly unconscious patient (such as one so unconscious as to have stopped breathing) presents the opportunity for aspiration into the lungs of that which has been vomited, which may be deadly.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Unarmed Knife Defense
« on: June 10, 2009, 03:00:34 PM »
Not sure where to put this ...but here seemed as good a place as any  :-)
Stab vests:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: June 04, 2009, 11:25:51 AM »
Stickfighting from Trinidad:
Not sure what the rules are here, but an interesting mix of ritual and reality

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Art in its Homeland
« on: May 30, 2009, 07:32:34 AM »
Great Article! 8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: May 25, 2009, 01:12:24 PM »
If I was to hazard a guess .... taking as example the traditional secrecy surrounding, say, Filipino blade, I'm thinking the old guy ain't giving it all away as yet ...  :wink: 8-) :lol:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: May 24, 2009, 07:27:45 PM »

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Umpad Corto-Kadena
« on: May 24, 2009, 07:40:22 AM »
Hi Jonobos,
Yeah the state of play is a very natural place to learn new skills - just look at the animal kingdom. It's not the only way to train of course, but a fast way to internalize movement, especially with a partner.  :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Umpad Corto-Kadena
« on: May 13, 2009, 02:37:15 PM »
Karunamama -
Sonny was not a large man (I probably outweighed him by 40lbs!) So his power came from his impeccable timing and awesome explosivity - his '0 to 60' was very fast and he could drop his whole body weight into a knee, elbow, leg sweep, whatever was his weapon of choice.
You can practice on a low pendulum, like on Jay's 'Pendulum Ball' video, or on a static target ...but it takes alot of practice to get good, and not telegraph .... :-D

Stickgrappler - Glad you enjoyed the vid  8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Umpad Corto-Kadena
« on: May 11, 2009, 08:02:23 PM »
New video clip of Sonny - Pangamut and Sikaran:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment
« on: May 01, 2009, 07:53:24 AM »
As I remember Sonny telling it, this footwork was traditionally practiced on a large cross section (approx 4") piece of bamboo cut in half on the ground - Sonny would use a 2x4.
It looks like Chris has expanded on this concept by combining the 2x4 with the X that Sonny always had drawn out on the floor of his living room.
More than that would be telling ... :wink: :lol:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: home made equipment
« on: April 30, 2009, 03:47:18 PM »
Chris Charnos was a student before my time so sadly we never met. I believe this is his student Steve Atlas in the video.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: April 29, 2009, 06:57:08 PM »
Nice find of Tatang in action! Thanks for posting  8-)

Crafty quote:
 "For the stick to do its best in this challenging test, not only do the footwork and striking motions have to be well integrated, but for maximum results, IMHO there needs to be a particular conceptual understanding of the strategy to be employed and the ability to do it under pressure.

Great comment, couldn't agree more.

Stick vs knife is a most interesting practice, as is working with other asymmetrical variations. Movement and strategy become so much more important in these situations.  8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: April 18, 2009, 06:40:19 AM »
You don't think the guys, especially in the first clip, are using real strikes? Interesting.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: April 17, 2009, 03:58:45 PM »
Cool clips 8-) :-D
I especially liked the first one with steel blades. It's nice to see sparring where the blade is respected. Of course there were some 'double deaths' but the behavior of the participants - evasion and blocking - seemed much more realistic than much that is out there, of any style.
Thanks for posting!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Umpad Corto-Kadena
« on: April 13, 2009, 06:26:13 AM »
Just posted a new video clip of Sonny. I think this one shows quite nicely his ability to time and break rhythm whilst flow training.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: VIDEO CLIPS OF INTEREST
« on: April 09, 2009, 04:56:50 PM »
Last part of an interesting 10 part documentary on Renaissance Martial Arts:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: The Physics of a stick strike
« on: March 24, 2009, 05:19:45 PM »
Don't they have that 'impact gel" to tests like this?
My Toyama Ryu teacher was hired by the "Myth Buster" people to test the force of a katana strike (to test whether a sword could actually cut another sword, or not). They used this gel to cut into .....
Traditionally isn't there there old 'coconut test' ? :-P :-D

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Alignment
« on: March 19, 2009, 06:33:11 AM »
Hi Doug!
Wow, quite a story .. glad you have overcome it so well!
Quote " Limping to favor one side hurts the other."
No sh*t! With horses, if there is lameness in one leg, you stabilize both, otherwise the other gets over strained.
Also, can't remember if I wrote this already, but I've been told that the knees are not designed to be weight bearing joints but weight transferral joints, taking the weight of the upper body from the hips to the ankles and feet, and so to the ground. It makes complete sense to me then, that if the ankles, knees and hips are not aligned correctly, some of this weight is going to get 'stuck' in your joints to cause trouble over time.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Humor
« on: March 15, 2009, 12:08:14 PM »

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Umpad Corto-Kadena
« on: March 03, 2009, 06:04:09 PM »
Hi Karunamama,
Sorry you got no reply from the website ... the guy who generally deals with that has been away.
Nothing in San Francisco per se, but right over the bridge in Oakland there is a Thursday evening class. I also teach privately if you are interested - not sure what the other guys' schedules are right now. You can pm me or go to: for more details.
Thanks for your interest,

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Team Dog Brothers MMA?
« on: March 01, 2009, 08:51:07 AM »
Thanks Blackwolf_101!
You said:"Lakota spiritual ceremonies are all very physical affairs". It's interesting that there is also a Taoist view that the gate to emotional, mental and spiritual development is the physical body. Another similarity is the strong connection in Taoist belief with Nature, as a place to understand one's place in the universe.
One of the big downsides to modern life is the inevitable disconnect with our physical bodies that comes from office jobs, cars and supermarkets. Similarly the disconnect from the natural world and our relative vulnerability within it. I heard somewhere that the average life expectancy of a lone 'mountain man' at the turn of the century was 38 years old - I guess it's hard to make it alone in the wild. There is a reason why people work together as a group to increase their chances of survival.
OK - I've wandered way off the thread here .... sorry.

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Alignment
« on: February 28, 2009, 08:17:47 AM »
C-Kaju Dog
Sorry to hear you are dealing with this .... but great to hear that you are practicing Qi Gung.  :-D
Though, as you point out, it is something that you have to do (ideally) every day, it really is worthwhile, so I'm sending you a message of encouragement to keep at it! I've found it very helpful for spine, and in fact any joint issues.
It's also helped me very much with keeping an old ankle injury at bay - I pulled the ligaments around my ankle almost 20 years ago whilst fell running in the mountains. Of course I was young and so never went to see a doctor. :| For a couple years, I limped pretty badly every morning when I got out of bed, though through the day it would get better. I was finally recommended taking Arnica (worked great) and now I spend a couple minutes every morning doing some foot and ankle Nei Gung. This along with the Tai Ji and Bagua I practice keep it healthy. OTOH, If I DON'T do the exercises for a while, the ankle starts to hurt again ...... They say that each time you practice is like putting one sheet of paper ontop of another ... at first it doesn't look like much, but after a while you have a big pile. 8-)

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Team Dog Brothers MMA?
« on: February 28, 2009, 07:59:33 AM »
@ Blackwolf_101
Absolutely! I heartily agree with your comments.
Very interesting about the Lakota way of thinking about 'yang' energy. Can you tell us any more about how this yang energy in young people is channeled to the positive side, within the traditions of the Lakota culture? The teaching of discipline, self responsibility and moral values have to go hand in hand with this 'yang' power, which has been something teachers have known through history. It is also something that seems lacking in today, at least in the general population.
It is sad that the media is drawn to 'the lowest common denominator' and spends so much time fabricating grudge matches, focusing on revenge and creating forced anger to make a good spectacle. This fake emotional rollercoaster is one reason I don't even own a TV any more.
But anyway ......

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Grandfathers Speak Vol. 2: Sonny Umpad
« on: February 25, 2009, 02:39:01 PM »
Maestro Sonny's untimely death took us all by surprise, and I find myself still mourning his passing - he was a most singular individual with a phenomenal talent, and I consider myself incredibly fortunate for the time I had to train with him.
I am indeed grateful to you Guro Crafty and also to Night Owl for deciding to make the trip up, and the very cool documentary of Sonny's work that came out of your visit. You have played a big part in showing Sonny's ideas to a wider audience so that his influence in FMA is not forgotten, and for that too I am grateful.
On a personal note, your visit to film Maestro Sonny gave me the opportunity to connect with you and the community of DBMA which has been awesome, and I hope to continue exchanging ideas and learning new things in the spirit of walking like a warrior through all my days.  8-)

Robert808 - You know you and Peregrine are always welcome!

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Forever Young
« on: February 18, 2009, 08:08:33 AM »
I love watching clips of the old FMA masters -  Lacoste, Illustrissimo et al.
Also Oeshiba, Mifune and all high level people who carry their skills into old age.
Here is Liu Hung Chieh doing Bagua at the age of 80. I want to be able to move like this when I'm that age.  8-)

And for those of you who want to see it in slow motion ...

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Alignment
« on: February 18, 2009, 07:55:23 AM »
A teacher of mine once said that 'the knees are weight transferal joints, not weight bearing joints' carrying the weight coming through the hips, to the ankles and feet. If the knees are not over the feet, in a forward/back and a side to side plane, then weight is being carried by the knees and can cause problems.

Also, on the symmetry issue, a friend of mine who was a marathon runner started getting very bad sciatica in one leg. Long story short, she finally found someone who watched her as she walked and ran, discovering that her right side stride length was shorter than her left, and that she clenched her right fist as she ran and swang her right arm less than her left.
This was all traced back to a childhood fall onto her coccyx which had led to her holding one side of her body tighter as she limped during her recovery. Years and years of running with this asymmetry was causing the problem.
My friend spent many months re-learning how to walk and subsequently run, with even strides on both sides. This involved everything from learning to keep her head pointed forward instead of twisted, relaxing her shoulders and hands, to carefully watching the precise length of each stride and how her feet contacted the ground.
Everything is connected to everything else, right .... how does that song go? :lol:

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Secrecy vs. Knowledge wants to be free
« on: February 14, 2009, 08:36:57 AM »
Hmmm ...perhaps this is too far off the thread but,
Crafty said: "..... In a complementary fashion, in some cases the Ritual side of the Art can be a place of healing, forgiveness and transcendence for those who have spiritual wounds to heal, perhaps due to previous engagements with the Dark".

It made me think of the reverse of the issue at hand (how to deal with teaching 'dark' knowledge); How do you educate those who have experienced the darkest sides of human nature and possess, and have potentially used, the knowledge of which we speak, to regain their balance and wholeness in society? Transmuting the energy of predator to protector?
Perhaps this is part of the eternal question of what do warriors do in times of peace, whilst keeping their skills in case of war?

Martial Arts Topics / Re: Alignment
« on: February 13, 2009, 06:14:21 PM »
Great Topic.
From my experience, of myself and others, peoples' proprioception is generally pretty poor. You have to practice looking at what you do and how you are very objectively, definitely with the aid of a training partner (as we have a tendency to lie to ourselves if left to our own devices) and preferably with someone who can point out what to look for.
You can't fix what you don't know, so I heartily agree with Guro Crafty that awareness and good alignment, i.e. using your body as it was designed to work in a gravitational environment, are key for a HEALTHY long life.

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