Martial Discoveries: Predicting the McDojos

In this edition of Martial Discoveries…


1.) Not really martial related, but nonetheless a great example human willpower, a robber in Australia gets a bit of justice served to him in form of gross incompetence and horrible timing. The first sentence of the article states “a terrifying crime”. I didn’t see anything terrifying, I saw something amazing!

2.) Since I’m playing around with law enforcement as  a career, this has come at a funny time: Apparently a court in New York that upheld a decision by a local precinct that barred a man from joining the blue because he was too smart. Yes that’s right, he didn’t get hired because he was too smart. I guess that explains a few things…

Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.

3.) So researchers from two Australian universities have gathered results that Karate experts can predict where punches are going to land and when they are going to be thrown.

By comparing novices, state level competitors and international karate stars, it found experts and near-experts gathered vital visual information earlier than novices.

Most surprising was the level of anticipation by experts who had a unique ability to use information from an opponent in a completely still stance, Murdoch University’s Dr Sean Muller said.

I wonder what constituted as an “expert”? 5+ years? Among the circles of my Aikido community it has been purported that one can be a “master” well within a year. Yip Man is said to have stated that “Regardless of who starts first; ability decides seniority in Wing Chun”. There’s an explanation regarding this in Aikido terms, but I’d save that for another day (and for more qualified individuals).

4.) Steven Seagal the lamest guy ever? Maybe, sorry Bob!

5.) And something from a recent friend regarding on how to detect a McDojo. Very insightful and I can attest to you that having trained at one for 4 years of my life, his points did strike a cord with me.

Willie Wonka McDojo


A bit of something fun this time around. I totally want to be a part of this!


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