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    Aikido

    Juggs, why dont you see if you can do some training with an aikidoka somewhere? See if you can get someone who has been doing it for a while to do a bit of free sparring, like Antraman said he did with his friend (boxing). If you're interested, I mean. Personally I wouldnt mind hearing how it went.
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    Aikido

    So I've had a chat with both the main teachers from the Osaka dojos of Yoshinkan and Iwama. The guy from Yoshinkan was very nice and friendly. Someone I could learn under, if the distance wasnt so far away from home. He explained some of the differences between Yoshinkan and Aikikai. He said in terms of effectiveness though that either was perfectly good, and that it would be the practitioner that ultimately determines effectiveness. He said as long as I was enjoying myself, to stick with it. Unfortunately I dont have anything good to say about the guy from Iwama. I dont want to cast aspersions by suggesting that this one guy represents all Iwama people, mind you. He was rude and abrasive to the point of being abusive, which isnt common for Japanese people when talking with people they dont know well and in this case a potential client. I was very surprised at his hubris and thought there is no way I would want to train with him. I approached him in exactly the same way as I did the teacher from Yoshinkan. His attitude was quite unacceptable imho.
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    First shots from AMC's "The Walking Dead"

    I'm kinda finding the second season a bit lame tbh...
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    Aikido

    Thanks for the reply Antraman. I actually got my info on Iwama from a quick look through the internets. I think we're probably saying the same thing really. The Iwama 'style' didnt formally come into existence till 2004. I guess it may have morphed over time informally at the actual Iwama dojo itself away from what the Aikikai dojo in Tokyo was teaching. As for the no Australia affiliations, I simply got that info from the Iwama homepage. Look here: Iwama affiliated dojos Maybe it needs to be updated? The teacher/s at my dojo dont seem interested in getting involved in arguments over politics and what have you. They just said you can train as hard as you like, or as soft as you like. The main teacher said he'd never trained with Yoshinkan so couldnt really comment, aside from the previous sentence. Anyway, I think the most important things are a good teacher, good partners, and of course the right mindset for yourself. I'm near Osaka but not close enough to be able to realistically go there to train. There are dojos of Iwama, Yoshinkan, and Tenshin, but they're too far to go really. I might go and look one night for interest. As the crow flies they're not that far, but travel here takes quite a bit of time, I guess due to population density being what it is. Maybe if I was single and had nothing better to do... @The Tick: You've got even less hair than me :P
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    Aikido

    Hi all I went down again last night (Sat) for a trial lesson. It was alot of fun, and FAR more effective than I thought it might be. Last night certainly erased many of my doubts. The head teacher was great, as were all the people I trained with; very friendly and helpful. Also, I think it was fairly obvious I wanted to take it seriously and not have the uke just throw themselves for me, so my training partners all obliged and went hard. Good stuff. I was glad I could remember my ukemi from my jujitsu days too! After the class, I did speak with one of the higher ranked guys I trained with, and he said that aikido can be weak versus direct punches, like you might get with karate or boxing. But he said you'd move out of the way, and that it would really depend upon the people fighting. As for looking around at other dojos. I think I'm happy enough with this one. Most of the dojos in the Kansai area, where I'm located, seem to be aikikai. There are no Iwama dojos I can find, and there are only a couple of Yoshinkan ones, and they are too far away. I dont think there is that much difference between the styles either, Antraman, at least from what I can discern talking with other people. Everyone I've spoken to says you can train hard with aikikai, it's purely up to the practitioner/s. And last night showed me that the guys at the dojo I went to trained hard. Just a small query too, Antraman. Are you sure the style you have trained in is iwama? It seems iwama didnt become iwama till 2004. It was part of aikikai until then. Then it became an independent style in 2004. So 20 years ago, any teacher from iwama would have been a teacher of aikikai, but possibly from the iwama dojo itself. Lastly, there are no affiliated schools of the iwama school located in Australia.
  6. This is nothing but neurobabble. The fMRI thing is the latest fad, and most of the 'science' is BS. fMRI is an extremely blunt instrument and very little is still known about the brain. But it makes for good media. You can find numerous bits of info debunking this neuro'science' by yourselves. (Sorry Cybes, I assume you were just posting for a bit of fun)
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    Aikido

    Okay so I went along tonight and watched the class train. You were right, Antraman. It was aikikai. It looked interesting. I'm going back to give it a trial. The teacher had been training for 25 years, and was a very nice chap - happy to talk and answer any questions I had. I think it might take a bit of getting used to though, coming from my background of TKD/kickboxing/jujitsu; it looks quite different particularly compared to the former two. One thing I was thinking about on the way home - how does the aikido guard work? Coming from my background it was always important to keep your hands up. I noticed the guys who were training seemed to often have their hands down. Is it more about maintaining the maai and being prepared to meet your attacker? I am also still really interested in seeing how it works against a punch thrown from a boxing stance. What I saw was mainly grabs. I might ask the sensei to show me. I'm sure there are moves; I guess I'm just a masochistic sucker hehe.
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    Aikido

    I'm fairly sure he said aitsukai. I may be wrong though. I'll get a bunch of details Thursday evening and post then.
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    Aikido

    Thanks for the replies thus far. I'm liking the sound of aikido. I'm going to see a nearby school on Thursday evening. I spoke very briefly to the teacher on the phone, and asked what style it was. He said 'aitsukai'. Does anyone know that one? I'll get alot more detail from him Thursday evening. I guess I should say where I may be using it: at school, against teenagers. I'm a teacher, hence the need for self-defence without wanting to injure the other party. As I said above, it will be very, very rare if I ever have to use it, but there just in case. The students almost never get out of control to that extent, but it does happen on occasion. I had it happen to me a few years back at another school, but it wasnt the biggest deal and I simply took the blows to my body. Other teachers have had alot worse; broken ribs, hospitalization, etc. As I said though, it's very rare, and I've yet to meet a student who really was so psychotic that they really meant it. @boxing. Juggs feel free to describe things as you see them through your muay thai. I merely put boxing up there as one example, not as the ultimate arbiter of various arts. I think it's pertinent to say that it's not the martial art but the martial artist. That is, a boxer may defeat a kickboxer, and the converse is true too, depending not upon the art used but the artist themselves. I also think it's important not to rule out luck, or randomness. Often people associate skill to something that was just really randomness (I'm not saying skill isnt important though as it certainly is), so someone may have won a fight through being more lucky than anything else. Just as a random example (of boxing vs kickboxing, not luckiness), I once fought this guy I knew who was a boxer back in the day when I was doing kickboxing. He was very good. Some kind of champion; I forget exactly what now. I wasnt too bad either. Anyway, he was really light on his feet - he really could move about. I figured I'd try to keep him at distance with my kicks. I was doing okay for a bit, then all of a sudden I'm sitting on my arse. All I remembered was him feigning. I asked what he'd done. He said he'd feigned, stepped inside my guard, left hooked me, then as my head rocked and hands dropped a bit, caught my chin with a right upper cut. I was quite impressed :)
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    Aikido

    Or maybe I am after jujitsu/judo then lol. I've been thinking about it more and I suppose going back to jujitsu or judo might be good. Even boxing might be okay; get me out of harms way, just dont strike back. Hmmm. Anyone ever seen someone who does aikido fight, say, a boxer?
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    Aikido

    Yes, sorry. I shouldnt have stressed that in my post really, as it's quite a grey area as I said. I'm sure there are 'aggressive' techniques in aikido too. Let's forget I said anything about aggression or the thread may go way off track. Anyway, after doing jujitsu for 4 years, I know that it's not what I'm after for my current situation. What I'm after is something defensive, that can deflect incoming blows, not inflict (much) harm, not go to ground, and possibly deal with multiple opponents. I'm sure I'll almost never (hopefully totally never) have to use it, but it's a backup. I think aikido is the thing I'm looking for. Now I'm interested if there is much difference between styles. Cheers
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    Aikido

    Thanks for the replies. I wont be growing long hair and mumbling :P Maybe mostly because I dont have that much hair left! Yeah, Krav Maga is out due to nowhere to do it. Jujitsu is a bit of a gray area. It's good for defence but it also starts to go into aggressive territory. I need to stay well away from that. Plus I cant afford to go to ground. Ok, so seems like aikido may be what I'm after. I'll go and have a look at a couple of places. Is there any real difference in style? Tick, you suggested that one factor of effectiveness may be style. Is there really that big of a difference between styles, such that one style is effective whereas another is not? Cheers
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    Defamation and forums

    So what's the deal with libel (defamation) and internet forums, such as Atomic? Can people potentially have the pants sued off of them for saying bad things about someone? How about in the case where you dont like a game made by a dev group and you give your opinion of it (a great steaming pile of crap) - can the gaming company sue you for libel? What responsibility do forum owners have if legal teams come calling? Do the owners need to hand over any information asked for?
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    Codecademy - opinions?

    Codecademy So, whaddya reckon? Decent for beginners who want to learn to code, or just a glorified waste of time?
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    I will survive. I will survive.

    IMHO I'd suggest hanging out with the other guys a bit. You know going out drinking and nampaing. After a few times, and getting a bit friendlier, one day when everyone is about (and not buggering off to the library or w/e) suggest it would be cool to clean up the kitchen. Or something like that. It's less that they'll disrespect your quals, and more that they'll just ignore the gaijin, irrespective of the type (and maybe even become antagonistic if you push). Once you're a friend though, then you can apply all the 'Japanese' style pressures, of both guilt and kohai/sempai etc, with alot more chance of success. Anyway, just my opinion fwiw.
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    Rage 5 running 60FPS on Console

    Fwiw this wont be a sandbox game. There's a thread over on the Bethesda Rage forums about it somewhere. I cant be bothered looking for it and posting the link, if you really want to go look yourselves :P
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    I will survive. I will survive.

    Pocari Sweat. Good for what ails ya, even if nothing is ailing ya! Good for getting the electrolytes etc back in the summer heat. I've seen many unis that have similar conditions for their 'cheap' accommodation. You'd be better off renting a 'room' from the local homeless dude down the park; they always seem to have quite the setup. I attended a private uni many, many moons back and even the 'cheap' accommodation there wasnt much better than the photos you show, and the public unis are notorious for it. (I ended up doing homestays for most of my study to escape the 'cheap' accommodation.) Actually, now I remember Kobe uni had this toilet (one of the main ones) that had flooded and had piss and shit floating around in the ankle high water for at least 2 weeks before anything was done about it... Many years ago when I first began working here, I lived in an old government built place that was almost falling down it was so bad. However, it was cheap. You should have seen my bath, oh man lol, it was little more than a concrete hole in the floor. I can laugh about it now. It quite literally blew up one night in ball of exploding gas. I hope you like the cold weather, because I always found the winters in my rundown place to be far worse. But then, I hate the cold, and actually and rather masochistically enjoy the summers here. Good luck with pushing your flatmates around. Assuming they are Japanese, they trump your Masters, coz you're gaijin, which makes you irrelevant! :P Anyway, dont end up as one of the heatstroke victims you see on the news every day. You should open up a window of your practice room and serenade the neighbours, I'm sure they'd love it! :)
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    Battlefield 3 Website is Live - Teaser Trailer Sneaks Out!

    Need Origin to play...guess I wont be purchasing this then. Living in Japan sucks for EA games; until very recently the only way to get them was to import them. They wouldnt allow them to be sold over Steam. I checked out Origin Japan, and there is only a Japanese version of BF3 availble...I suppose importing a retail copy and then verifying(?) it through Origin Japan might work, but I'll let some other sucker pay to find out whether that works...Oh well, my disposable income can go to another company.
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    Steam Specials Thread

    Fallout New Vegas 50% off, with dlc 50% too. Not got this yet. Worth it? Good game? I enjoyed F3. If worth it, which of the DLCs are worth it? Cheers
  20. So I think I might need to upgrade my system. My specs are listed below. I want to be able to play BF3, Skyrim, Diablo 3, Rage, etc. I'm not too fussed about having the best graphics detail, and if my system is likely to run these games on minimum detail but still playable then maybe I dont need to upgrade yet (feel free to state as much). Also I know these games havent had their specs released yet, but give it your best guess. Lastly, and most importantly, I have various family expenses which means any upgrades have to be done cheaply. CPU: Core2Duo E6850 Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DQ6 Memory: PC2-6400 DDR2 1GB X 2 for total 2GB RAM GPU: EN8800GTS 640M Power: TP3 650 All inside an Antec Nine Hundred case. OS is XP SP3. Thanks
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    Stockmarket...

    If your system indicates that 'now', the current climate, produces positive expectancy through buys, then yes, it is a good time to buy. This is all very complicated though, and a single post cannot give the required information. Please note that what I state in this thread is not advice, nor should it be construed as such, and you are responsible for your own decisions. (Please dont think I'm being condescending here, this disclaimer is necessary for me.)
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    Help me upgrade - CHEAP!

    I use HDD 500GB
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    Help me upgrade - CHEAP!

    Goodo. Yeah, I'll wait and see what the specs are before committing myself to anything. I'll probably even just try them with my current spec to begin and see how well, or badly, it goes. Okay, I'll think about it. It's still a bit of a luxury at this point.
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    Help me upgrade - CHEAP!

    Cheers, some ideas to think over. Nobody likes GeForce cards? I've always used them, but have no problem going with AMD woops I mean ATI. I dont think I'll go with SSD yet, MS, as it's too expensive still (I'd want about 500GB). I've been thinking about upgrading to Win7 for a while and should probably do it, but I keep putting it off because of the damned cost of bloody microsoft products.
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    Help me upgrade - CHEAP!

    Geez, prices have come down alot, hey?! Mudg, my current psu is TP3 650
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