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State Change in Combat and Self-Defense

State Change: Alex Pereira vs. Jamahal Hill

The draft for this blog post got started as soon as Alex Pereira knocked out Jamahal Hill in UFC 300. Alex got kicked slightly below the belt, pointed it out, abruptly stopped Herb Dean from halting proceedings, then pulled down Hill’s lead hand to hit a short left hook for the knockout. Jamahal Hill has since expressed disbelief at the result and reiterated that he wasn’t hurt and that moment was a chance occurrence that doesn’t conclusively prove that Pereira is superior to him. What I think happened to Hill at that moment was a state change, an underdiscussed concept in fighting that we shall look at more closely in this blog post. (more…)

Kickboxing: The Linux of Combat Sports

Kickboxing: The Linux of Combat Sports

People are weird. There are those who eschew violence altogether, so they steer clear of combat sports, which is understandable. Then there are those who are connoisseurs of violence like myself, so they consume every combat sport under the sun and even participate and compete in them. Finally, there are those who are somewhat into that violence and are casually receptive to combat sports, but there’s a gaping hole in the shape of kickboxing. (more…)

Wuben X3 vs. Boruit V20 EDC Flashlight Showdown

Wuben X3 and Boruit V20 EDC Flashlights

One tool that helped me quite a bit during this ongoing period of uncertainty and trepidation — taking care of my mother who got hit by a motorcycle — is the EDC flashlight. In my case, I got two of the most popular models in 2024 out of fascination, and then was put in a situation where I really had to use them extensively on a daily basis. While most would scoff at the thought of a fancy flashlight which has more features than just shining a white light in one direction, there’s something to an everyday carry flashlight that was designed for intensive use. (more…)

Most People Don’t Understand Muay Thai

Golden Age Muay Thai

Muay Thai is one of the most popular martial arts in the world, as well as one of the most enigmatic. There are only around 69 million native Thai speakers in the world, most of them residing in Thailand, and very few of them are knowledgeable in the martial art. Translating both language and culture to explain both its physical and spiritual aspects is difficult. Most of it gets lost in translation, which is why most people tend to misunderstand Muay Thai. This is an attempt at clarifying what this martial art is really trying to present itself as. (more…)

The Four Stages of Ideological Subversion

Yuri Bezmenov and the Four Stages of Ideological Subversion

In 1984, filmmaker G. Edward Griffin interviewed former Soviet journalist and KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov in a video that would be titled Soviet Subversion of the Free World Press. Bezmenov laid down the four stages of ideological subversion — how the KGB planned to gradually subvert the political system of the United States. The Cold War was still very much on, the Chernobyl disaster was still a couple of years away, and the world didn’t know yet that the Soviet Union would collapse seven years later. But even almost forty years after the interview, his message continues to intrigue everyone interested in the mechanisms of power. (more…)

Combat Nobelitis: Being High Off Your Own Supply

Gordon Ryan: Combat Nobelitis

One of the major factors to the continued mainstream relevance of combat sports is its perceived usefulness in real world physical conflicts. You can’t say the same for basketball, football, baseball, and so on (but perhaps volleyball has some crossover). However, things do get silly when you start theorycrafting about which style is best for real fighting. Gordon Ryan, the best grappler in the world right now, did just that with boxing. (more…)

Getting Into 3D Printing

Getting Into 3D Printing

Near the 2023 Holiday Season, I finally decided to pull the trigger and get a 3D printer. I would obtain an Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro to enter the nerd-filled world of 3D printing. I had been putting together a workshop in the other room in my place as an act of taking more control of my life as  a grown-ass man, and it has been looking good so far (if I stop being lazy and clean up). Do note that such additional capability also comes with additional costs, responsibilities, and space restrictions. Let’s get into 3D printing, which I’ll be preoccupied with in 2024. (more…)

Naoya Inoue Really is a Video Game Character

Naoya Inoue vs. Marlon Tapales

That’s my conclusion after Naoya Inoue’s eventual destruction of Marlon Tapales, who had a pretty solid game plan that was giving him trouble. Tapales found a way to nullify the Japanese champion’s vaunted right hand, but the ninth round then saw Inoue solve the problem by throwing it harder and more often. The tenth then saw him become sure of that solution and blasted through Tapales’ guard like a wrecking ball going through a condemned building. (more…)

Colby Covington: When a Bad Guy is No Longer Believable

Colby Covington

I’ll keep this short since there’s not much analysis to be had here. It’s just a short note on the current predicament of Colby Covington, the one-time interim UFC Welterweight Champion and now three-time title challenger. He lost all three title shots, and he’ll not likely get a fourth at the age of 35. How he carried himself and insulted his opponent Leon Edwards before the fight, handled his decision loss to the champion, and how fans reacted to his apparent lack of self-awareness is a case study for anyone looking to use antagonism for their own public image. (more…)

Cassette Tapes and the Texture of Music in Physical Media

Cassette Tape Player

Whenever you have disposable cash in this day and age, you’ll likely find yourself browsing online stores on your phone at 2AM out of boredom. You’re looking for something that can momentarily spark your soul and give you something to look forward to in the meantime. When the package arrives, you get excited and unbox the thing; maybe you even record it on video for posterity. Perhaps you end up being disappointed because it didn’t live up to your expectations. But sometimes, your impulsive purchase ends up opening a whole new door in your life. The latter was what happened to me when I bought a cassette tape player on a whim. (more…)

The Failed OpenAI Coup and the Game of Machine Thrones

OpenAI: Sam Altman and the Old Board

Perhaps writing about this story on this blog doesn’t really do anything, but I wanted to make sense of this incredible series of events for myself. I previously wrote about my opinions on AI, seeing it as a solution to corruption and bureaucracy in government and business. But now, with the conclusion of this failed coup d’etat attempt in OpenAI, it looks like it’s no longer about the advancement of technology and humanity first and foremost. Smartphones are now a ubiquitous commodity and cryptocurrency is becoming more and more synonymous with fraud, so artificial intelligence is now the hottest ticket to billions in the 2020s. (more…)

There’s No Weight Behind Your Attacks, Demon Girl

Frieren: Beyond Journey's End — Stark vs. Linie

My anime of the year for 2023 is Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End. I don’t watch much anime these days, but I had been looking out for this anime adaptation of one of the best manga I’ve read in recent years. Not only does it have a compelling premise, but it also has lots of juicy ideas in it. The writing of Kanehito Yamada and the animation of Madhouse combined make for one of the best anime series for even non-weebs. For my first post on this show, I’d like to talk about a specific episode that briefly gets into an important martial arts concept. (more…)