The Reality Factor

Written by Peter Vermeeren

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some masters are very professional and perfect teachers but they feelrepparttar urge to testrepparttar 146798 affectivity of their techniques. This is very understandable and unfortunately this occurs many times. How ELSE can you know if your techniques are ANY good? The problem is not to be found inrepparttar 146799 fact that they want to test their skills but inrepparttar 146800 fact that they use there students to do this.. The students who are already convinced ofrepparttar 146801 affectivity ofrepparttar 146802 techniques and impressed byrepparttar 146803 teachers authority usually don't resistrepparttar 146804 techniques. off course this will makerepparttar 146805 techniques work perfect. If they dare to resist than there are 2 possibility's: 1)repparttar 146806 technique works just fine. 2)repparttar 146807 technique must be forced.

This isrepparttar 146808 cause of technical quality going donerepparttar 146809 drain. when USinG a lot of physical force most techniques can be forced upon a weaker opponent but onLY by superior technical skill you will be able to EXECUTE your technique on everyone. A perfect technique needs a balanced use of skill, speed and force.There is no need to be a superman to be a great master. The best way to test your techniques is to do this with someone of your same skill LEVEL/grade. This apply's for both students and teachers alike. Both will learn a lot from this type of training.

How can you bringrepparttar 146810 R-factor in your training as a student?

one ofrepparttar 146811 problems isrepparttar 146812 great amount of techniques to be found inrepparttar 146813 Genbukan Ninpo Bugei system. We have over 300 techniques from 10th kyu up to 1st dan. How do you cope with this? First of all you must understand that as a kyu grade you are learning to write and read so to speak. ( kyu waza) some ofrepparttar 146814 kyu waza are taken out of their context, other look useless in true cases. Other look like old fashion andrepparttar 146815 last group of techniques seem to be very effective. Which one do you train? The answer is very easy:

All techniques must be trained...

Useless and old fashion looking techniques will teach you concepts or moves that will result ofrepparttar 146816 highest importance later in your training. Out ofrepparttar 146817 effective techniques you can take 15 or 20 techniques and repeat them thousands of times Until they become a reflex. This is what I call your F.H.T.C. box (first help in true cases) Trainingrepparttar 146818 basic form though is not enough. Try to do your techniques in another form. Against a body grab, wrist grab, attack from different sides, sitting onrepparttar 146819 floor or in a chair,. etc...

Soon you will be very skillfully in defending yourself. But a warning is in place here: This training must only be done under a master instructor with many years of experience. If I have enough with 20 techniques , why must i train hundreds and hundreds of techniques?

Because techniques are notrepparttar 146820 final goal. They are only a way to... We use them inrepparttar 146821 same way we use mathematic formulas to solve complex questions and get torepparttar 146822 core ofrepparttar 146823 technique. Those 20 techniques won't save you when confronted with a specialist. Especially noT if you don't understandrepparttar 146824 underlying principles behind each and every technique. Ma-ai, metsuke, kuzushi, etc... are only a few of them Every technique and kata you learn will teach you a lot aboutrepparttar 146825 essence of combat. to discover them you need a good teacher and lots and lots of training. 3 hours/week is not enough. You need daily practice to be able to discoverrepparttar 146826 secrets withinrepparttar 146827 techniques. Every discovery will makerepparttar 146828 R-factor go up and up.

During all these century'srepparttar 146829 way to make war has changed enormous butrepparttar 146830 CLOSE combat, man to man fight is stillrepparttar 146831 same. A punch is a punch and a kick a kick. We didn't grow 3 arms or legs suddenly. The same principles and concepts discovered in century's of wa and man to man combat are still actual and highly effective. The world changes but man is stillrepparttar 146832 same man he was 2000 years ago.

Peter Vermeeren is a martial arts practitioner and teacher for over 30 years and runs the martial arts and fitness information portal called Kamikaze : , home of the magazine called RENSHU. Peter teaches traditional martial arts and self defense all over Europe. Here is his personal site :

Baseball in Shanghai? Another American Sport Exported to China

Written by Richard Robbins

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On a Wednesday afternoon in May I followedrepparttar directions given to me to meetrepparttar 146695 team atrepparttar 146696 Shanghai Teacher's University on Guilin Road. The field whererepparttar 146697 team practiced wasn't actually a baseball field. It was a general-purpose field used mainly for soccer and track exercises. I have quickly come to understand thatrepparttar 146698 space limitations in Shanghai, similar to most parts of China, make it so that facilities have to double up on their usage. It was amusing to me to watch as we set up for a scrimmage. The areas where right and center field should be was filled with a mix of people, including a few of our people playing those positions, and soccer players who were not inrepparttar 146699 least interested in what we were doing, especially since they were fully engaged in their own game. As fly balls dropped among them, some ofrepparttar 146700 soccer players would pickrepparttar 146701 balls up and toss them back, while others would, with a demonstration of irritation, kick them out ofrepparttar 146702 way. Fortunately forrepparttar 146703 soccer players, none of them were hit.

Many ofrepparttar 146704 baseball players were not so lucky. A healthy fear of hard baseballs traveling at high speeds seems to be second nature for most Americans, as if we are born with an understanding that if a ball is fouled off into someone's face, it's going to hurt like heck at best. Although most of them didn't understand what I was saying, I attempted many times to tell those watchingrepparttar 146705 action to back away fromrepparttar 146706 batter and catcher. During one ten-minute interval, I saw three people get hit hard inrepparttar 146707 face or head by baseballs. Throughoutrepparttar 146708 whole practice there were constant near-misses as well.

On-deck hitters kept withrepparttar 146709 Chinese custom for preserving one's place in line by crowding behindrepparttar 146710 person in front. That approach is okay forrepparttar 146711 local McDonald's. In fact, if you don't push your way up in line, you will find yourself standing inrepparttar 146712 same place for a long time, with person after person jumping in front of you. However, whenrepparttar 146713 person atrepparttar 146714 front ofrepparttar 146715 line is swinging a bat, a different set of rules should apply.

Duringrepparttar 146716 first practice withrepparttar 146717 college players, I was invited to pitch torepparttar 146718 team as they scrimmaged. It soon became apparent that there were various skill levels represented atrepparttar 146719 plate. I was reminded of something I saw in Little League (where kids are usually just beginning to learn how to react to balls thrown towards them) when a particularly nervous batter accidentally stepped in front ofrepparttar 146720 plate, opening up towardsrepparttar 146721 ball so that it hit him directly inrepparttar 146722 stomach. Fortunately I was only throwing about 70 mph, so no major damage was done, except thatrepparttar 146723 player was likely quickly cured of any interest he had inrepparttar 146724 new American sport. After that incidentrepparttar 146725 other players warned me when I was pitching to someone who was new, so I could slow it down enough for them to take some solid cuts.

In a country whererepparttar 146726 sport hasn't really caught on yet, it amazes me that these players respond so well torepparttar 146727 difficulties of learning baseball. It is obvious that many of these people, girls and guys alike, have developed a love and even a passion forrepparttar 146728 game. Before their season started in June, they practiced on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Most practice sessions last five hours or longer. Duringrepparttar 146729 time I have participated with them, I have seen their skills improve, with arm strength increasing and fielding and batting capabilities doingrepparttar 146730 same.

So whenrepparttar 146731 Olympics come to Beijing in 2008, what can we expect fromrepparttar 146732 Chinese team? Will it be somewhat of an embarrassment, likerepparttar 146733 Greek team's performance in 2004? Or willrepparttar 146734 home team have a chance to compete? My personal opinion is thatrepparttar 146735 competition level doesn't exist in China now forrepparttar 146736 national team to compete withrepparttar 146737 likes of Japan, Taiwan,repparttar 146738 U.S., or Cuba. However, if they can get enough exposure by playing outside of China, they might just pull off a medal. As forrepparttar 146739 long-term outlook on baseball in China, comments made by someone who has more experience withrepparttar 146740 system, as an investor and active baseball supporter in China, give a pretty good take onrepparttar 146741 subject. When I mentioned to him that I was considering opening a baseball retail store or batting cage in Shanghai, one ofrepparttar 146742 founders ofrepparttar 146743 CBL told me that it wouldn't be a bad idea if I didn't mind starving for a couple of years. A few years from now however, he said, a much different scenario is likely to exist, with baseball possibly becoming what it is in Taiwan.

[This article, written by Richard Robbins, was originally published online at]

Richard Robbins is a former athlete and a sports entrepreneur. He is an owner of, an online sporting goods retail store and Robbins International, an importing and exporting company specializing in supplying products from China to U.S. companies.

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