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Sire, there is no Royal Road to Wisdom

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Vi Hart - Behind the Scenes and Interview


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Can someone learn martial arts from a DVD?

If you look at the “other aspects” where you have things like “judging distance” and “timing” - I don’t think you can learn much, if anything, about those from a DVD.  Questions like “is my opponent close enough that they can hit me / I can hit them?” or “how fast or slow do I need to move to block that blow / enter into that opening?  - you need to work with other people.  Lots of people. People of different sizes and shapes - tall, short, long arms, short arms, skinny, fireplug, etc etc.
There are some very real very physical aspects to fighting - many of us have never been hit really hard as an adult - hit by someone with the intent of damaging you.  This (IMHO) can lead to “one punch fights” - whoever lands the first blow, wins, because the other party is just … shocked.   And it can be really hard to deal with adrenaline, excitement, fear - actual practice with partner(s) sparring or in matches/tournaments gives you some amount of practice and understanding dealing with those profound experiences.



Wow… Diametrically opposing answers from Kent Fung and Isaac Gaetz! Can you learn Martial Arts from a DVD? Sort of. (How’s that for middle of the road position between two men who I respect in their answers?)
You can mimic martial art moves from a DVD. You can reinforce what you are learning from a DVD.  You can refine your positioning and posturing from a DVD. But, can you LEARN Martial Arts from a DVD? No.
Learning Martial Arts is more than learning the moves/kicks/punches. As Isaac says, in Tai Chi, you can learn the postures from a master instructor on a DVD. But, are you learning about the grounding energy and qi? I can’t see that knowledge being transmitted via anything other than a personal, human vector.


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Solar Plexus | Celiac Plexus | “Getting the wind knocked out of you”

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Getting_the_wind_knocked_out_of_you
    Getting the wind knocked out of you is a commonly used idiom that refers to a kind of diaphragm spasm that occurs when sudden force is applied to the abdomen which puts pressure on the solar plexus. This often happens in contact sports, a forceful blow to the abdomen, or by falling on the back. It results in a temporary paralysis of the diaphragm that makes it difficult to breathe.[1] This can lead to anxiety and there may be residual pain from the original blow, but the condition should clear spontaneously in a minute or two. This can lead to continued difficulty breathing, standing, or sitting.
  2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celiac_plexus
    …generally in the context of a blow to the stomach. In many of these cases, it is not the celiac plexus itself being referred to, but rather the region where it is located. A blow to the stomach can upset this region. This can cause the diaphragm to spasm, resulting in difficulty in breathing—a sensation commonly known as “getting the wind knocked out of you”. A blow to this region can also affect the celiac plexus itself, possibly interfering with the functioning of the viscera, as well as causing great pain