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  • Re: Do YOU do any Martial Arts?

    Emanuelb wrote: »
    I might have used a wrong word (I'm not an english speaker). Not sure if it actually is muscle soreness (I believe it is also called muscle fever). I was a bit tired from the last training, and I tried to do a back round kick and I felt a pain in the left glutes.
    I don't know, I guess overextended the muscle, now I feel a bit of pain when doing certain moves. I don't think is muscle fever, I experienced that when I started karate.

    What you are feeling is most likely the DOMS. Delayed Onset Of Muscle Soreness. Its basically a build up of Lactic Acid inside the muscles. The best way to get rid of it is to stretch with long sustained movements. For instance holding the splits. Don't bounce up and down. Just go as low as you can and hold it for a count of thirty seconds. Then stand back up and shake it off. Then repeat. do this for a few minutes and it will loosen up the muscles, and you will probably be surprised how much lower you will be able to go.

    Then continue to just train the way you do. But drop the work load. So do fewer kicks and with less power, use this time to really focus on your form.

    As the pain wears away you can start upping the work load. IF you are taking your combat training seriously then this is something you will encounter a lot. When I was going all out training to compete in Muay Thai, there would be months at a time when my body never felt 100%. When the pain was to bad we would slow down. When it was just mildly uncomfortable we would pick it back up again. You will learn to love it. It's one of my fave feelings. Like a big yawn and a morning stretch, except it lasts for days at a time.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that on a simple level our bodies use ATP for energy. And we only have a limited amount. Like literally a few minutes worth. When we use it all up we produce Lactic Acid. The LA needs to travel through the body dropping different molecules in different places. One of which is Hydrogen I believe, direct into our muscle cells. And that's what hurts. The way we break down H is with Oxygen in our blood stream. So a good way to reduce the pain is to exercise a little to wake up the body and then do cool down exercises and breath deep and long. This is what the stretching I recommended is for. And always do this after training as well.

    Hope that helps.
  • Re: Do YOU do any Martial Arts?

    I started with Pee Wee Karate in Pre School.

    I did Judo in Primary School up to Senior Blue. I was to young to start brown. (Competitive)

    Boxing for 5 years as a junior. (Competitive)

    Olympic wrestling for 2 years.

    Submission wrestling for 10 years. Its a lot like no Gi Jits, but the odd rule difference. You can do small joint manipulation and elbow presses on the ears and nose. (Competitive)

    Jits - Gi and no Gi for 10 years. (Competitive)

    TKD for 1 year. Felt to self defensy at the gym I went to and the people there wouldn't spa.

    Muay Thai for 20 years. (Very Competitively). This is my favorite martial art style. Its fast, it hurts, it looks amazing and for people who do martial arts for self defense it is the best.

    Boxing as a senior for 3 years on and off. I have a beard and we aren't allowed to compete unless we are clean shaven. So I don't put any real effort into it. I mostly go so the paid pros have a decent sparring partner. And it helps keep my asthma in check.

    I did get into MMA in the early 2000s. That's when it started to really take off around my neck off the woods. But I only did it for about 5 years.
    It was really clicky and the only people who got fights outside of inter gym competitions where the ones who paid for privates and the ones who where friends with any of the coaches. On top of that it was all the "hard guys" who thought they were the shit because they were cage fighters. OR the ones who did it because they wanted the image that went along with it. And I was left at the back of the class because I have always competed for the fun of it. Excuse the rant, haha, I just can't stand the personality of the generic MMA guy. There is very little more fun than two consenting pugilists who beat the crap out of each other for the sport, and then go have a steak and rum coke.

    Then I have also tried self defense classes. Different boxing styles like Irish which has a more open posture and the back of your hands facing forwards. Dirty Boxing which allows shots to any part of the body including kidneys and legs. Just not to the rear of the head or the groin, as well as clinching and in fighting. Street Boxing which is dirty boxing with more corn rows and tattoos. And Pugilism.

    I tried Mauy Boran. And Dutch Thai. And different styles of Kung Fu. But I kept going back to Muay Thai as my stand up and sub wrestling as my ground. And I think since I started Judo and Boxing as a junior the longest I have gone without doing any martial art has been about 8 months straight when I moved from one town to another and couldn't find a place for anything.
  • Re: Games to cement fundamentals

    Thanks guys.

    @StoneDrum the problem I am having at the moment isn't with my fundamentals. It seems to be with the games I am currently playing and my attitude towards them. I feel in SFV and MKX fundamentals aren't what I am using to get in and do what I want. I am playing fine just letting them slip away. And I miss having to plan out what I am doing. And the mental aspect behind the fundamentals.
  • Re: When did you guys become comfortable with fighting games?

    I have been playing for years. Started on the Golden China. Its what my jut country imported because our racist government caused so much crap for us that Nintendo wanted nothing to do with us. But I was so young it was just smash buttons and win or lose. When playing Street Fighter 2 one of my cousins accidentally did Ryu's Haduken and we spent a whole day trying to recreate what happened. And from then we slowly started figuring out other special moves for the rest of the cast. But it was then smashing buttons. Stressing out a special. Smashing buttons. Win or lose.

    When the PS1 rolled around. I had some mates who had Tekken. And we would spend ages playing the game. Same for Mortal Kombat and any other fighters people had at the houses. Accidentally linking some combos and just repeating them as we would. But it was still just to waist some time.

    When the original Xbox came out I had Dead or Alive. And some others. But I had no friends because at that time I moved to a different area. And nobody in the area played fighters. So I played a lot of the single player game. And found the game rather hard. So I put in time to learn some sort of strategy and found ways to beat the opponents. I didn't realize I was teaching myself spacing and timing. And how to counter.

    Then it was the 360. And no friends to play fighters with. So the whole generation I let the genre slip by. Except the odd game of Soul Caliber when friends from out of town visited. When The PS4 was released, the local second hand game shop had a massive sale on PS3 games. And I picked up SF4. The game felt so weird to me. So I You-tubed it to see if I should keep playing. And I found out about Evo and more importantly, Maximilian Dood. I watched tons of his vids and realized how competitive the scene was. And as a violently competitively person I picked up MKX for the Xb1. And googled some tutorials. That's when I really started practicing and realized the work I put in with DOA had really helped. And I destroyed all the newer mates I had made over the previous few years. And it brought back so many good memories off all the old mates and the times we spent playing games. I found a tournament was happening in a month. So I trained even harder. I placed in the top 8. And got completely embarrassed when I had to play another gamer who had also practiced. That's when I found the local FGC group on Facebook and have been setting up jam sessions with the new crew.

    Only after finding like minded competitive people and really analyzing what I do have I felt comfortable with fighting games. It was a long time. And while I was winning more than loosing right from the start. I was never trying. I think its the fact that I take it seriously now do I feel the comfort. Because that's what it means to me. And its forced me to make new friends. When I look back at it, I was always a fighting game player. But the people I played with didn't bring it out in me. I will never change the past for anything. But I do wish I tried harder earlier. On a side note. I have friends that wont play me now. Because I just roll them. And they are comfortable with the way in which they play.

    I suppose a lot of my comfort with fighting games also comes from the fact that I do martial arts. From Judo as a kid. To Olympic style wrestling. Then Muay Thai and boxing now. Along with submission wrestling. And from that I have learnt a lot about how to read a situation. Its not exactly the same in a game. But I find it definitely helps understanding the dynamic of fighters. And planning strategies.

    And holy junk. I just looked up and saw that wall of text. I'm just ending it here. Haha.

    TL:DR. I felt comfortable when I found people that take it as seriously as I do. And in playing better people I could implement spacing and such things I had learned from actual martial arts.