Friday, July 09, 2010

I love this blog: Rory Miller's Chiron

Rory Miller's Chiron blog, named after the centaur that taught Achilles to fight, is a definite must-read for anyone who wants to think they are practicing a martial art in order to be able to survive violence. Every single post of Rory's is a peek inside the head of a guy who has really had to put his knowledge and experience on the line. Every article at Chiron is an education in and of itself. Here are a few of my favorites...
  • If you are going to do a martial art and want it to be effective in a fight, then you need to understand the concept of the OODA loop. Rory Miller's posts on OODA are a really good starting point.
  • A while back in a heated debate on some blog or another, Sensei Strange left a comment mocking the idea that punches are good options for controlling the opponent. The gist of the comment was, "Sure, whatever you don't understand and can't control, just punch it into submission!" Well here is a great article about just that idea from a guy who has had to subdue and control aplenty!
  • And Rory's thoughts from a few years ago on Miyamoto Musashi.
There is so much material at Rory Miller's Chiron blog, you really ought to head over there and delve into his archives to see what you can glean.  Really, I think any chance you get to study with Rory's would be well worth your time!
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