No touch martial arts master meets reality

by Kirik Jenness |

Mixed martial arts is not at its heart a body of technique. To see it is a mix of specific effective strikes, pins, submissions, takedowns, etc is to miss the engine.

The heart of mixed martial arts is actually trying things, against active resistance. The idea is as simple as wheels on luggage, but like wheels on luggage, no one thought about it until the 90s. But some people are still hefting suitcases though airports, and some people are still teaching martial arts techniques without ever trying it against active resistance.

For example, in the video below from 2009, martial artist and stuntman Alexandr Litvinenko was invited to punch a practitioner of a no touch martial arts system. In no touch martial arts systems - and there are many - secret fields of energy are used to send students sprawling.

Compliant students flopping around like adherents at a Benny Hinn revival is not active resistance, and thus, techniques that are not just worthless, but are dangerous to the practitioner get passed on for generations.

Here is an example of no touch martial arts being used on a larger scale.

The phenomenon is not limited to Russia, by any means. Here is a practitioner in Japan.

Below, Yanagi Ryuken, the self-described master of Qigong, and other mysterious disciplines, meets active resistance.

Ryuken had spent decades practicing on compliant students, and became so profoundly befuddled, that he offered $5,000 to anyone that could withstand the debilitating power of his yell and hand wiggles.

His opponent, Iwakura Goh, appears to have trained in some variant of Kyokushin, a martial art that is the very definition of active resistance in striking.

After it was over, Ryuken was out $5,000, some blood, and his dignity.

In a testament to the human capacity for extraordinary self delusion, Ryuken is still at it - check out his web site kikou-kenkyujo.comGoogle Translate version.

Nowhere is immune.

See the awesome power of Yellow Bamboo, from Indonesia.

And here is what happens when Yellow Bamboo meets BJJ.

"They're losers," sums it up as well as anyone can. You can learn Yellow Bamboo Level 1 over the Internet for FREE.

American's too are subject to identically batty beliefs.

Here The Human Stun Gun (not the Korean one, a fat one) tries it out on a younger Stephan Bonnar.

The Husky Stun Gun's url now points to a Century 21 franchise, but his mentor, Black Belt magazine's 1997 Hall of Fame Instructor of the Year, George Dillman is still at it.

It didn't work, but reality is nothing to these characters.

“The skeptic was a totally non-believer," explains Grand Master Dillman, 10th degree. "Plus – I don't know if I should say that on film – but if the guy had his tongue in the wrong position in the mouth, that can also nullify it. You can nullify it, you can nullify a lot of things. In fact, you can nullify it if you raise those two big toes. If I say I'm going to knock you out, and you raise one toe, and push one toe down, I can't knock you out. And then, if I go to try again, you reverse it. If you keep doing this, I won't knock you out."

Dillman currently teaches seminars worldwide.

Mixed martial arts is many things, among them a ferociously entertaining sport, a remarkable vehicle for self-improvement, and a window on reality in the practice of martial arts, that remains desperately needed in far too many circles.


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2/18/13 3:17 PM by Beowulfie


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2/18/13 12:40 PM by Jetlife russia with love.

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2/18/13 11:50 AM by Dougie

Vlad pretty much lets anyone join his class. I think it was a 10 dollar drop in fee for two classes when I was going down there. I also brought my video camera and video taped the classes I was in. Anyone who lives close and doesn't go is just giving excuses. Check it out, if you like it, then great, if not, you'll have first hand experience. Most guys who do well in Systema have prior experience in something or a combat background with real time experience.

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2/18/13 11:35 AM by DMC

Joint independence.Over all your heads.

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2/18/13 11:09 AM by CodeGeek

I think Systema suffers from a similar issue as Aikido, which is that because there are a few practitioners that are able to make it work, it doesn't make the art effective for most people. By all accounts Morihei Ueshiba was a stud and a physical freak who would regularly go fight to test his skills. He developed Aikido after already being an accomplished martial artist, so *his* Aikido was an expression of his particular views and skill-set. For him, it was quite effective. For most other people, not so much.The same can be said for the handful of Systema guys that people usually mention. But all those guys trained in other things prior. Every martial art has things of value, including Systema and Aikido. But I think that the value is much greater if you come at it already possessing a base. Read the stuff that Bjorn Friedrich has posted on Systema. He's a legit, skilled martial artist, not just in BJJ either. I don't know him personally, but we've trained with some of the same guys, so I tend to trust his judgement.But again, you have to arrive at Systema already in possession of a well developed game in order to cull the stuff that can be useful. I'm particularly intrigued by the relaxation and breathing techniques, since for me it would enhance my BJJ. For the average beginner, however, they would be much, much better off training in one of the Holy Trinity arts (grappling, striking, wrestling). Then, once there is a foundation, you can use elements from any other art that can enhance your game.

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2/18/13 11:01 AM by awesomestprime

Won't hijack...This is AMA worthy though.Do it!!!

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2/18/13 10:56 AM by 2JupitersTooMany

I was a member of a charismatic church 20 years ago that believed in speaking in tongues and so on. I was present in Canada for the "Toronto Awakening" and embarrassed as I am, I experienced wild physical manifestations of group hysteria such as laughing uncontrollably and falling over via Benny Hinn style spirit KO. It is crazy what convincing delusions the brain is capable of manifesting physically, and I suspect Systema feels very real to the mutual practitioners who are throwing each other around like rag dolls.

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2/18/13 10:00 AM by Animal Mother

This systema shit is rediculous. We'd have seen at least SOME of the techniques in MMA by now, and we haven't. We've seen Sambo, Aikido and even Capoeira for Christs sake. It's my understanding that "Systema" is a loose term and is/was practiced by a very small percentage of the Russian military, and most other Martial Artists in Russia hold it in very low regard.I mean hey, if flailing your arms around like a angry black woman makes you happy then by all means go nuts, but stop trying to sell the rest of us your snake oil.

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2/18/13 7:26 AM by FlyingSubsOnly

I'm all for new and effective ways of applying maximum force with less effort as well as learning different techniques involving manipulating your opponents body mechanics against them.. but this stuff looks quite silly. Reminds me of a less flashy bjj-like Akaido. The so-called experts that the believers in this forum point to are sparring with guys who are not being hit with "gorilla" or "freight train" like strength. They're being poked and falling over, or throwing punches from a foot out of range and falling on their ass. I totally support learning and applying any feasible technique from every martial art ever created, but this is blatant fuckery. I'm not calling any individual out here, but anyone who's trained for a great length of time can see where guys are applying terrible technique, pulling punches, or being compliant. I would be a believer if you get any of these Systema masters to spar with any well known, yet middle-of-the road pro fighter.. if they succeed in even a draw USING THIS SYSTEM I'd be surprised. Not saying these Systema guys can't be tough or well versed in fighting, but that whole system looks like nonsense to me.