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Thomas Nadelhoffer
Charleston, SC
I live and teach philosophy in Charleston, SC.
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I am very excited to share the following announcement: We’re pleased to announce that a new experimental philosophy blog will be open from Monday, December 10, 2018 at: https://www.xphiblog.com. The New Experimental Philosophy blog has been organized by Justin Sytsma, Joe Ulatowski, and Dan Weijers. Please visit the new blog... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2018 at Experimental Philosophy
Post by Thomas Nadelhoffer When Kevin and I first started this blog, he was already making contributions to disability studies and the philosophy of disability in addition to doing important advocacy work for disability rights. My own interest in disability (and the blog) was more personal than professional—driven by own... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2018 at Discrimination and Disadvantage
So, in thinking about leg locks lately, from the ground up as they say, I have been mindful of the importance of where one places one's feet. For instance, if you are in bottom half guard and you figure four your feet, then you inadvertantly give up what will become... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at The Grumpy Grappler
Things have been slow around here for a while now. I apologize for that. It's been a frustrating several months, so I thought I would post an update. As some of you know, in the mid-1990s, I was hit and run by a car (while riding a bicycle). Consequently, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at The Grumpy Grappler
As readers of this blog know, I am very fond of leg locks. I think that despite their recent popularity, they are still underutilized. In my experience, far too many upper belts are clueless when it comes to how to use and defend against leg locks. Since I am teaching... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
Learn to Resist has partnered up with Devine Jiu Jitsu Charleston to host a six-week women's self defense workshop. So far, we have grandmothers and 7-year old daughters planning to attend (and everyone in between). We should have a solid group of women and girls attending. You're more than welcome... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Learn to Resist
This Friday I will be filling in for our head instructor. For the past few weeks, he has been working on taking the back and maintaining back control. So, I thought I would get back to basics and focus on the following back attacks: (a) rear naked choke, (b) short... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
Working on the guillotine. Here are some helpful videos! Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
As readers of the blog know, I am a fan of the leg lock game. Now that my knee is heeling up a bit, I am slowly edging myself back into the waters--which is good timing, as we are finally starting to work on leg locks at the gym for... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at The Grumpy Grappler
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