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Terrence Chan

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results of Rubik's Cube/submission bet

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That was the direction I bet (with myself.)

Also, knew the result right away because vid was only 45 seconds lol.


But glad to see Chris was okay.

Not bad. Do I see a tap at 0:15?

Definitely no tap at any point.


Dammit, I should have called Danek to try and get in on the action.

I'd judge that to have gone from 0:06 until 0:19, so call that 13 seconds. The fastest cube solve in competition was something like 7 seconds, but a time of greater than 20 seconds is generally a winning time.

I'm certain it beats xkcd's times for a Rubik's cube run and he wouldn't have put up the fight that Chris did.

I'd judge this to be better sport than chess boxing.

Damn, back in the day (and with a well-oiled Cube), I could have given you a run for your money there. These days, I'm well above one minute for solving them, though.... My fingers and brain aren't what they were 25 years ago.

choked unconscious = not a result i expected

When Terrence got me in the guillotine, my lower lip was between my teeth, so I was biting it twice (with my upper and lower teeth). I was a little distracted by it, so I may not have been paying attention as much, but I had NO danger bells whatsoever (otherwise I would have tapped, obviously). I just remember trying to adjust my mouth so I wouldn't bite my own lip off, then I was thinking "hmm, I better not forget my pants later today when I'm packing for my trip home".

You literally feel as if you're waking up for a nap. GG, TC :p


As an amateur, I thought your side of the bet was bad. That was impressive. Props to Chris for not tapping, lol. Kid's got heart. I would pay money to see another match, just have to fade the guillotine this time!

This video is a good reason to never get into a fight with anyone, no matter what their size.

Re: wow

Terrance - one of the critiques of BJJ that I've always heard is that it just isn't as practical in real life situations as some other martial arts might be - for example the move you used on your friend would never work on the street as your head would get bashed into the concrete - how do BBJ practitioners usually respond to those types of criticisms? (other than by putting the person in a triangle lock).

Not sure what to say to that. Had we been fighting on concrete, I wouldn't have jumped guard. But we weren't. That's like saying a criticism of BJJ is that it doesn't work on a guy with a sword. Well, of course it doesn't. BJJ deals with what to do with a guy on the ground once the fight has hit the ground. Only zealots claim that it's a closed, complete system of self-defence. Truth is, no one can learn how to fight brilliantly in every situation under every circumstance. You can be an expert in a couple areas perhaps but as humans we have limited time to study things, so we learn what we can.

what's a martial art where you learn to deal with getting your cranium crashed into fucking concrete?

the criticism that a combat sport is too soft to be an effective martial art will never be answered to the satisfaction of people who aren't yet satisfied. much of the segregation of judo from jiujitsu was based on the idea that by only using techniques which were possible to practice almost fully and yet safely, you could become proficient enough in these techniques to overcome an opponent who was taught more dangerous techniques but who did not have an opportunity to practice them because they're simply too dangerous to practice. they had tournaments, judo won. that's what started judo to becoming so popular.

you can make handicaps to try and safely simulate circumstances. for example, in judo, if you are lifted off the ground in the midsdt of an armbar or triangle, the action is halted by the referee -- for the logic that the person on top could slam you into the ground. if you were directing your training towards armbarring someone on the street in a situation where they might slam you into the ground, you could simply train yourself to release any hold the second you feel yourself leave the ground by making it a part of your training.

bjj is a combat sport. it is not self defense. in the self defense realm, it's perhaps better described as "frat boy self defense". if you're in a bar fight with another drunken yahoo where neither of you actually have the inclination to do serious damage to the other, you are all set. if you witness such an altercation, you can step in and protect someone and feel confident about your skills to do so. however, if you're in a situation where someone might stab you, multiple people might stomp on your head, someone will hit you with a wrench or a chair or a pool cue, people will bite you, headbutt you, scratch your eyes out, you aren't all set. but you know what? you'll never be all set. as a very funny man once wrote in the comment section of this very blog, if you plan to fight against multiple assailants on a regular basis, a few lifestyle changes will do you more good than all the eye gouges in the world. people who expect to encounter this kind of danger in their life should recognize that this is SERIOUS shit (this isn't the movies -- a single instance of someone kicking you in the head while you're on the floor or whacking you with a pool cue is a concussion, not a sweet sound effect followed by your counterattack), and their training should be a little more well thought out and complex than showing up to a local bjj class three times a week (while it is, of course, better than nothing).

awesome and surprisingly brutal

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