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Thomas Nadelhoffer
Charleston, SC
I live and teach philosophy in Charleston, SC.
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Unfortunately, just last week during training I suffered a Grade 2 MCL tear in my left knee. So, no training for me for a few weeks. I am just glad the damage wasn't worse. The upside: I am going to use this time away from the mats to continue working... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
I thought it might be nice to highlight specific grapplers from time to time. So, I am starting yet another series here at TGG--namely, Featured Grappler. First up, Roberto "Cyborg" Abreu--a true monster on the mats and a legend of the sport (see here for details concerning his storied career).... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
This is the second post in the series of posts here at TGG about take downs. In the first post, I covered how to run the pipe from the single leg. In this post, I want to focus on the blast double--which is a simple and effective take down that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
As someone who is in the process of getting a non-profit up and running in the area with the goal of spreading jiu jitsu here in Charleston (see more here), it's in my vested interest to start bringing the various elements of the community here in town together. Gyms trend... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
In this (meta)post, I want to say a few words about the difference between tokens and types--that is, the distinction between generalizations and the specific instances that fall under them. In philosophy, we often use the distinction and it gets used in blog posts about jiu jitsu all the time.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
In the competitive framework, medals are the coinage of the realm--with a hierarchy of local, regional, national, and international circuits that serve as the proving grounds. In this ecosystem, it's clear as day that not all practitioners and competitors are created equally. The same can be said both at a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
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When people ask me how my neck is doing these says, I quip that I am *fixed*--which is literally true after my second neck surgery--even though my neck pain, limited range of motion, etc. are far from fixed and will, in some important sense, be forever a constant source of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
Here is an old post I am recycling given that there are several upcoming tournaments in the region/area (see here). Earlier, I identified five mistakes I see people make at tournaments and one of the most common is cutting weight improperly. Cutting weight--even when done correctly and safely--is a grind.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
As someone who grew up wrestling, I, too, inherited the stubbornness and hardheadedness that wrestlers are well known for in grappling, mixed martial arts, and sport more generally--a mindset that is well captured by the "embrace the grind" mantra. Yet, somehow, at some point along the way, I have become... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
As readers of this blog know, I am a fan of fairly formal curricula--whether we're talking about the college class room (where I have been teaching philosophy for the better part of 16 years) or the gym (where I have been grappling in some form or fashion since I was... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
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A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a public lecture on astronomy. He described how the earth orbits around the sun and how the sun, in turn, orbits around the center of a vast collection of stars called our galaxy. At the end of the lecture,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
As many of you know, I have flirted on an off with shuddering the doors here at Experimental Philosophy for some time now. Each time I float the idea, there is a much-appreciated stream of support and outpouring from readers that slowly fades into the distance as the weeks and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Experimental Philosophy
As many of you know, I have flirted on an off with shuddering the doors here at Flickers for some time now. Each time I publicly float the idea, there is a much-appreciated stream of support from readers that slowly fades into the distance as the weeks and months creep... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Flickers of Freedom
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In a series of posts last year here at The Grumpy Grappler, I released some findings from an online BJJ survey I ran that explored a wide range of issues and which included data from 700+ practitioners from around the world. See here, here, here, here, and here to get... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
Congratulations to John Martin Fischer for being named as a University Professor by the Regents of the UC system. See here for more details. Here is an excerpt: "John Martin Fischer, a distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, has been named a University Professor by the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Flickers of Freedom
Just a few days ago, I posted some links to videos about the kimura funnel system that has been developed by Vagner Rocha (see here). I highly recommend you add the techniques and positions to your own game. It's simple, widely applicable, and effective--a great combination. For today's post, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
One technique that folks at the gym have been using a lot lately--both on one another and on visitors from near and far--is the kimura funnel position developed by Vagner Rocha (a controversial figure but a helluva grappler notwithstanding). The basic positions gives you several options depending on what your... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
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Hunter S. Thomson--the father of gonzo journalism and of the most astute political and cultural commentators in the past century--once referenced what he called "The Rise of the New Dumb": No sir, not a chance. Mr. Jones does not even pretend to know what's happening in America right now, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at doubleplusungood
First, I hope everyone is getting settled into their new semester. Justin Caouette and I hope to start working on some new ideas for the blog in the coming weeks and months. For now, we have our first Featured Author coming up in just a few days. So, I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at Flickers of Freedom
John Martin Fischer and Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin have a new book out entitled, Near-Death Experiences Understanding Visions of the Afterlife. While free will is not the focus of the book, Fishcer and Mitchell-Yellin address a number of issues that will be of interest to readers of this blog. Here is the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Flickers of Freedom
I am preparing for a new course this semester on philosophy and cognitive science. In the third and final part of the class, we are going to read and discuss Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right from Wrong by Wendell Wallach and Colin Allen (OUP 2009). Needless to say, I am... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2017 at Flickers of Freedom
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I have always been impressed with how bad many (if not most) practitioners of jiu jitsu are at take downs--even when it comes to very basic wrestling take downs such as the double leg or single leg. This is especially true for those who made their way up the ranks... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
First, I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season--which I hope has been safe and relaxing for the members of our community. Second, I wanted to thank all of the readers who come to this blog for the latest posts and information about experimental philosophy. I started this blog... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Experimental Philosophy
First, I hope everyone is having a safe and relaxing holiday break. After a semester that brought a gnarly hurricane through Charleston, it has been nice to have such lovely weather for the holidays (the flip side of having to deal with hurricane season). So, I am thankful for that!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2016 at Flickers of Freedom
The other day I posted a call for curricula (see here). I also think that this commits me to wanting to see more katas. Consider, for instance, affiliations and gyms that have a formal self-defense curriculum (e.g., the Valente Brothers, Royce Gracie, Relson Gracie, etc.). For self-defense, the method of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2016 at The Grumpy Grappler