Tag: Bill Stynetski

Is sitting in seiza uncomfortable? Do people capable of seiza for long periods of time have better circulation or simply pain tolerance?

I dont think it is uncomfortable at all. It does take some getting used to and some practice. I started out working on my seiza some 25 years ago. I started by sitting seiza 2 minutes, then increased to 5. Every couple of weeks I would add on time spent sitting in seiza. Gradually I built it up to 20 minutes. Sometimes I would only do this for the set time. If I had more time I would sit down for my two minutes or ten minutes however long I was sitting seiza for then I would stand up stretch my legs walk around a bit and sit back down for another 2 minutes or 15 minutes or whatever the time that it was. Other times I would sit seiza during the tv commercials. When the show started again I would sit back up on the couch or stay on the floor. I like being on the floor anyways, kind of closer to earth. Then after a while I started watching tv in seiza, and occaisonnaly eating in seiza at the coffee table. I’ve also had some long winded sensei, so there was some extra seiza built in. Now granted that was in my younger days and I don’t do all that seiza training now, but I have no trouble sitting seiza for extended periods.www.pakutaso.com-shared-img-thumb-N784_kakejikunomaedeseizasurumiboujin-e1481380341767

Now something you can do is shift weight to one side, let pressure off the other side for a minute or two, then shift to the other side. Another thing you can do is rise up to your knees and let the blood flow back into your feet. When I do this I will straighten out any clothes…gi, hakama..that have bunched up behind my knees.Seiza back

Now after a while of sitting in seiza you will get the prickley needles feeling in your feet and they will go numb. Even though you can’t feel your feet in this case, they are still there, and the bones and muscles will work just fine when you rise, step, run and so on. The feeling will come back in a few minutes.

Good luck!

Easy Traditional Japanese Breakfast: Tamago Kake Gohan

Tamago Kake is a pretty traditional and easy Japanese breakfast to prepare and enjoy. I like to use reheated leftover rice.  I will heat it up to steaming hot again in the microwave, and then make a little well in the rice, much the same way people make a well for the gravy in mashed potatoes.

Then crack an egg into the well.

Tamago Kake Gohan 1I will let it sit for a minute or two, then mix it all up. The hot rice will cook the egg a little, but it stays mostly raw.

Tamago Kake Gohan 2Next you can add some toasted nori (seaweed), sesame seeds, or furi kake.

Tamago Kake Gohan 3Serve it up with hot tea and some miso soup (I used instant here, but usually will make my own dashi to make home made miso soup from scratch).

Tamago Kake Gohan 4Mix it all up and add some shoyu if you like.

Tamago Kake Gohan 5And there you have it.  Tamago kage gohan, or Tamago gohan for short.  A really easy and traditional Japanese breakfast.  It’s really good.

 

 

How is a bokken used to train a samurai by lessening the injuries that would be induced by a real sword?

Good bokkens are about the same length and weight of a real sword, and can be very expensive. These good ones are even crafted in the tradition of the sword system studied.

For instance this one at $85.00 from Tozando, in the style of the sword used by Yakumaru Jigen Ryu.Yakumaru Jigen Ryu - William Stynetski

Ok, so $85.00 isn’t really all that expensive. Take this one for an example of an expensive bokken, also from Tozando.William Stynetski - Facts Bokken

It is a Deluxe Loquat Bokken, and the price is $1,045.59. Prices for bokken can fall anywhere from $10 to much, much higher as you can see.

As far as lessening injuries go, about the only thing a wooden bokken will not do is cut or slice human flesh.

Other than that, the bokken is an extremely dangerous weapon. With enough force, a bokken can still stab through soft targets, like the solar plexus, throat and eyes.

And with even less force can break and shatter bones of the fingers and hand. With a little more force these weapons can break arms, ribs and skulls.

So in a sense, yes, a person training with wooden weapons will not have to pick up their sliced off body parts off the ground, or get stitches, but a few weeks in a cast could definately be a possibility.

As could death. I can tell you, even a light and accidental hit with one of these really hurts.

Wearing armour, as samurai did on the battlefield, during training will lessen the damage taken, but in the hands of a skilled swordsman that samurai undergoing training will definately feel it when a mistake is made. Even then, the hands, fingers, and especially the thumb is a desired and usually exposed target.

These are real weapons, and the beauty is they don’t have to be used like a sword. Afterall, it is a piece of wood, and it can also be used like a short staff, but yes they hurt. Yes they can cause damage, and yes they can even cause death.

  • William Stynetski

https://www.quora.com/How-is-a-bokken-used-to-train-a-samurai-by-lessening-the-injuries-that-would-be-induced-by-a-real-sword/answer/William-Stynetski

Why do countries publicize their military inventory nowadays? Shouldn’t it be a secret?

I was asked to answer this on Quora by Quora member Paolo Anderson today.

Paolo, thanks for asking me to answer your question.

Much of it does stay classified, even if the platform is known. For instance with aircraft carriers, no big secret, but its top speed and range remain classified aspects of that platform.

Even then, some of those secrets don’t stay secret for long. Satellite and other forms of intel gathering and espionage have their place and can be effective, even if the information gathered about a platform is limited in scope.

The older systems tend to have more information out there than newer systems and capabilities. New weapons platforms in the research and development stage are highly classified. However once those systems become operational, efforts to collect intel and data on those new systems begins.

Remember the stealth bombers? Those were a big secret once upon a time. They are not such a big secret any longer, but much of their capabilities still are classified.

B-2 Stealth williamstynetski.com

What does stay classified are the TT&P, or the Techniques, Tactics and Procedures in which those weapons are deployed and employed in theatre. The where, when and how. So even if the capabilities of a weapon system are known, the element of surprise can still, hopefully to some degree, be exercised.

Even then, there will be a combination of different weapon platforms used in conjunction to achieve mission success on the battlefield. Then you have the added benifit of a show of force and capability to hopefully deter future hostilities. In this case, it isn’t so much about the platform itself, and how much of it is known (numbers, capabilities, results) but the how and when it is used. Once that gets out, any enemy force, or future enemy force has to begin to consider and train other alternatives and scenarios. Then, once that happens, we continue our intel gathering on those changes in their training methods, and the cycle continues.

So things stay secret, until they are not secret any longer.

  • William Stynetski

 

https://www.quora.com/Why-do-country-publicise-their-military-inventory-nowadays-Shouldnt-it-be-a-secret/answer/William-Stynetski

Use of Pain Compliance in Martial Arts and Self Defense

I wouldn’t say it is total horse manuer. However, one should be aware of a few factors ahead of time before relying solely on pain compliance when defending yourself.

The first is the adrenaline pumping through the body. If flight has not taken place, and fight has, adrenaline can be a great pain killer.

Adrenaline can also be a driving force in a fight. This can also take one way past pain in a fight.

Another factor that comes to mind is the will to survive. People can, and have fought with broken noses, arms, legs, skulls, ribs and well just about anything else that can break, split, or rupture.Wikipedia Pain Compliance - williamstynetski.com

Something else to consider is that everybody is different. Pain receptors and nerves are different in people. What could be deemed effective on one individual may completely backfire when tried on another individual due to the sheer fact that people have different body structures in addition to different tolerance levels for pain.

Finally you have to consider drugs and alchohol.  If the attacker or person you are defending yourself against is drunk or on drugs, their body may not process pain at all.

The human body and its instinct and will to survive is an amazing thing. Inflicting pain on another person and “waiting” to see if they comply or not should not be your only option.

William Stynetski

https://www.quora.com/Why-is-pain-compliance-total-horseshit-in-real-combat/answer/William-Stynetski

Parkour: What is it like to be a traceur?

Parkour: What is it like to be a traceur?

Parkour – Jumping Into Life, by William Stynetski

Hi, as many of you know I have been training and coaching parkour for about 3 years now.  Still very much in my infancy of learning parkour.  It all started when…

Well, you can find out in the video below.  This is a mini documentary in which I interview some older generation tracuers in downtown Dallas.

If you don’t know, a tracuer is a person that trains in and practices parkour.  It is a french word, and tracuers means bullet.

Enjoy the video!