Brain Damage in the Martial Arts

Howdy. Ando here from Happy Life Martial Arts. So, the other day, I saw a video over on Kwonkicker’s
YouTube channel. It’s titled, “Why I Can’t Train Martial
Arts Anymore.” Now, for the record, I don’t know Kwonkicker,
but his situation really hit me in the heart. Apparently, he’s developed tinnitus and, according
to a couple of his doctors, that could be the result of taking too many head shots over
the years. Now, the topic of taking head shots, or CTE,
or secondary impact syndrome, has been more and more common nowadays, whether you’re
talking about football, youth soccer, or of course, martial arts. I can’t think of a more important conversation
to have if you’re training in the martial arts, so I thought I’d turn on the camera,
give you some thoughts on concussions and hopefully, give you some advice to help you
protect your brain. Okay. I’ve already talked about injuries in a
couple of different videos. As a matter of fact, one of the very first
articles I wrote on my website was titled, “Stop Practicing Martial Arts.” I wrote that article because I knew three
people who all quit martial arts the same year. Why? They were all in their 50s. Their bodies had just broken down. They couldn’t take it anymore. How tragic is that? That’s not the way martial arts is supposed
to work. You take martial arts to make your life better,
to make yourself stronger, to protect yourself from harm. But think about how crazy this is—most people
training in the martial arts are going to hurt themselves far more on the mats than
they’re going to get hurt on the streets. But forget about wrecking your knees, your
shoulders, or your back right now. Let’s focus on the worst possible injury—brain
damage. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather walk
with a cane then lose my brain. Depression, dementia, suicidal thoughts…
brain injuries and brain disease scare the hell out of me and they should scare the hell
out of you, too. The problem is I didn’t always worry about
brain injuries. I was almost 30 before I ever looked up the
word “concussion”. Back in the 80s, that’s just the way it
was. If you took a shot to the head or you took
a hard fall, what you’d hear was, “Walk it off” or “Get back on the horse” or
“Hey–no pain, no gain.” If anything, when I would take a hard head
shot, I was proud of myself. I felt tough. I felt hardcore. But really, I was stupid. Man, I hate admitting that. But I was stupid, ignorant, and reckless with
the most important part of my body—my brain. Let me tell you exactly how stupid I really
was. In my late-20’s, I started assisting in
women’s self-defense workshops. You know, the kind where a guy dresses up
in a padded suit and then a roomful of women take turns beating the crap out of him? Well, I was that guy. Now, don’t get me wrong—I am in full support
of programs like that. Nice people get a chance to exercise their
power, maybe for the first time in their lives, and on my side of it, I got the chance to
stare fury right in the face and stay cool under that kind of pressure. There was only problem—my helmet. This wasn’t just a normal sparring helmet,
which I’m not a big fan of anyway. This was a helmet covered in layers of foam
padding. It was basically just a big ball of foam padding
and duct tape with some eye holes punched in the front. The result was that my head was three times
its normal size. You couldn’t miss this thing. I don’t care who you are, you can’t slip
punches with a big ol’ bucket on your head. Plus, you couldn’t see anything. You’re just getting smashed from every direction
with no chance to roll with anything. I’m talking hours of blunt force trauma
here. Palm heels, elbows, knees, kicks… and not
just standing up, mind you, this is on the ground, too. I’d end up on the ground with this giant
ball on my head, and a roomful of 20 or 30 women—nice women, mind you—suddenly cheering
each other on, “Stomp his head! Stomp his head!” Now, I’m no doctor, but my understanding
is that the brain has the consistency of Jell-O. And you know when you put Jell-O in your mouth
and you swish it around? And it liquefies? I’m not saying that my brain liquefied,
but it definitely got swished around. So, damage report. Increasingly, after each one of those workshops,
I would have a headache for days. All I could do was go home, pop some Advil,
close the shades because the light hurt my eyes, and lie down. That’s it. And I tell you, my friend, it never once occurred
to me, not until the very end, that I was experiencing concussions or brain injuries
of some kind. I just thought I was dehydrated, or tired,
or, “Hey, man— you took a little beating. Suck it up.” Ever since then, to this day, I have a glass
jaw. I take one good shot sparring or rolling,
or heck, even if I just take a good fall, it’s an instant headache. Now, I’m going to be totally honest with
you. You know me. I’m a happy guy. But when that happens, and I get that headache,
I get depressed. It’s really depressing because I remember
what an idiot I was—a stupid, ignorant, reckless idiot—back in my 20s. I remember how I didn’t take care of myself. Maybe that’s just how wisdom works. Maybe to become a master, you have to be an
idiot first. You have to make mistakes and learn from them. The only question is how many mistakes do
you have to make before you learn the lesson? Now, I hope that by sharing my story, you
will suffer less and learn more than I did. And if you let me, I’ve got some more advice
for you right now. First off, should you stop sparring? Or rolling? Or taking falls? Well, I still do all of that, so, obviously,
for me, the answer is no. I still believe that martial arts training
is the best investment you can make in yourself. Is there a chance that you can get hurt? Yes. Absolutely. There’s a chance you can get hurt. I’ve had black eyes, a broken nose, a calf
contusion, jammed fingers, and shoulder issues—and that’s all just this year. But you know what? You can hurt dancing, or lifting weights,
or just getting out of bed. Life is a contact sport already. So, I’d rather stay active and gain skills,
gain wisdom, and have fun instead of sit on the couch and do nothing, gain nothing, and
then end up having a heart attack, or needing a knee replacement, or losing a limb to diabetes
anyway. It all comes down to costs and benefits. I trade a little cartilage here for a little
information there. I trade a little time, money, sweat, and blood
over here, for skills, self-knowledge, and understanding over there. For me, the benefits of a smart, responsible
training program far outweigh the costs. But the key here is understanding the concept
of diminishing returns. More is not always better. The goal is to train hard enough to make a
gain, but not so hard that you’re in pain. The golden rule—exert yourself, don’t hurt
yourself. Another tip—choose your teacher and your
training partners wisely. Now, this one gets me angry. I sometimes get emails from students who say
they just joined a gym and they’re doing full contact sparring right away. What? Of course, they get knocked down or knocked
out and they fell embarrassed because their coach is yelling at them and the other idiots
in the gym are laughing at them. The question is—is this normal? No. That is not normal. That is criminal. Listen to me—if you get injured during training
and the people around you yell at you, blame you, or laugh at you, then get the hell out
of there. As a rule, if you find yourself feeling too
embarrassed, or too scared, or too damaged to go back to class, you should not be in
that class. Find people who will encourage you and challenge
you, not punish you. Another tip about teachers. Look–your teacher may be a great person,
they may be very skilled at martial arts, they may love you like a son or daughter,
but the odds are they’re not a medical doctor. So, that means if you have an injury during
class and your teacher says, “Yeah, I think that’s okay. Keep going,” that doesn’t mean that you’re
okay and you should keep going. Listen to your body or check with a doctor. Now, I’m going to warn you, when you check
with your doctor, the doctor may tell you, “Hey, stop practicing martial arts,” but
that’s probably because he or she is not a martial artist. So, my advice–don’t take martial arts advice
from doctors and don’t take medical advice from martial artists. Next tip, give yourself time to heal. I know I just said you shouldn’t take medical
advice from martial artists, but this is common sense. It wasn’t in the 80s, but it is today. Look, if you take a really good shot to the
head during training, that’s it. You’re done for the day. Remember—you’re in a gym or a dojo. You’re not on the street fighting for your
life. You don’t have to keep going. The odds are you’re also not fighting for
a half-a-million dollar prize so you can buy your mom a heart on the black market. If you want to jump back in there after jacking
up your elbow or your knee, okay—I wouldn’t—but maybe your muscles and your bone can heal
up later. But your brain? Nope. There’s nothing that anyone can do to fix
your brain. So, if you get rocked, don’t try to walk
it off. Don’t get back on that horse. Take off your gear, relax, and figure out
if you need to see a doctor. By the way, you should know that brain injuries
don’t always show up right away. They add up over time. That’s actually true for all kinds of injuries
all over the body. Wear and tear is a silent killer. So, focus on long-term success, not short-term
success. That means giving your body time to recover
from hard workouts and heal from injuries. Your goal shouldn’t just be to dominate
the dojo in your 20s, it should be to dominate the dojo in your 70s, your 80 s and beyond. Another tip, don’t think that taking hits
makes you hardcore. It doesn’t. It makes you stupid. I hear people say things like, “Oh, I like
getting hit.” Or, “I can’t even get fired up until I take
a few hits.” Really? Wow. I say if you think like that, you’ve taken
too many hits already. Look, I get it—standing toe-to-toe with
someone, hands down, talking trash, “Come on, sweetie pie!”—it’s pretty bad ass. But let me tell you what’s not so bad ass. Sitting in a wheelchair wearing a name tag
and a blanket over your shoulders while a nurse feeds you applesauce. Not so bad ass. Show your body and your brain some respect. Don’t take hits if you don’t have to. Last tip, no matter what martial art you study,
protect your head! That should be your #1 priority even if your
school doesn’t allow full contact shots to the head. Even if your school doesn’t allow striking. Still, protect your head. Look–any time you’re in motion, particularly
with another person, there’s a chance that you’re going to take a shot to the head. Believe it or not, I’ve taken shots during
grappling to the head that were just as hard as any shot I’ve ever taken on my feet. So, keep your guard up at all times. Hide your head. Chin down, jaw closed, and at least one hand
up at all times. Don’t make it easy for anyone to hit, grab,
or slam your head. All right. Let’s wrap this up. I don’t want to scare you off from training
in the martial arts. Quite the opposite— I want you to train
for your entire life. I don’t want you to quit in your 50’s
because your body is broken, or you always feel depressed, or you can’t remember who
you are because you didn’t take care of your brain. Remember this—the greatest enemy to your
health and your safety isn’t someone out there. Usually, it’s you. Sometimes you have to defend yourself FROM
yourself. Your ego. Your ignorance. Your bad habits. So, train smart. Protect your body, protect your heart, and
protect your brain. If you like what I’m saying here, thanks
for giving this video a thumbs up and subscribing to the channel. Until next time, watch your head and keep
fighting for a happy life.

100 thoughts on “Brain Damage in the Martial Arts

  1. Probably the most feel-good video in your channel. So sorry about kwonkicker he was a great martial artist.

  2. When I saw your title, the first thing I thought of was Kwonkicker. When we are young we feel bulletproof. As you, I've seen too many martial artists with numerous lifetime injuries. Remember the helmet does not prevent head trauma as the brain is still being shaken. Now there is a push for more realism in the martial arts with techniques being pressure tested. In the striking arts, this has led to an increase of every style doing "kickboxing." We are going to see more CTE in the coming years because of that. Get your ego in check!

  3. Another excellent video! Thanks! (By the way, I'm the same person who previously posted under the name, "Michael Wong." I shortened it to "Michael W" because on some YouTube channels I encountered such vehement racism based on my being Chinese, that after a considerable amount of back and forth, I decided it just was not worth the hassle. I decided that it was more important have people hear what I actually said, rather than argue with idiots over race.

  4. Thank you. I'm going to stress this when we reopen after summer break. I will also make sure that we back down a notch or two when we spar. Thanks again.

  5. 2 back injuries, took to my ego to the floor!! And now just best productive things i do are eat sleep repeat!! Anyways thanks always for sharing your wisdom!! And really feel sad for kwonkicker, wish him all the best for future!!

  6. The best advice I’ve heard on this is from Firas Zahabi. Frequency of training is more important than intensity. Spread your training schedule out over a year. If you go super intense you’re only going to be able to do 3 days a week because you’re burning out and injuring yourself. You’re also going to wear your body out and break down at a much younger age. But if you train at a low to medium intensity 5 days a week, and you throw in some realistic but not super intense sparring, you’re getting in about 100 more days of training a year. And the person who trains more will get exponentially better than the person who trained intense.

  7. I’m just starting tae kwon do for the first time some one referred to me for a free trial and I enjoyed my trail so I joined up and start Monday I can’t wait to go 😊

  8. Hi Ando,
    No words about head gear …………Strange
    Suggest what type of head protection equipment's are good. Thick ,Thin ,soft, hard fiber or something else.
    with out such suggestions this video is wast of time 'unfortunately"

  9. Thanks for the video. I'm able to learn a lot of stuff from you. I'm kind of like a beginner martial artist, almost 20 and I worry a lot about the full contact sparring we have in our kickboxing 'gym'. Really doesn't feel that nice to take a punch to the chin or a kick to the back of your head from an experienced guy. I was thinking of joining another gym. Already had some training sessions there and it seems a lot more professional. It just costs like three times the price I'm paying at the moment. But I guess, our body shouldn't have a price anyway.

  10. Yea brain damage is no joke makes you feel bad for some legendary fighters such as Muhammad Ali that had to suffer even though they have accomplished so much

  11. Ando I didn't start kickboxing and till I was in my forties and even with all the safety gear on you still feel all the hits and kicks and especially the ones to the head even though I'm a good at blocking unfortunately yes it still happens sometimes and I often think could that head shot cause me future damage I'm the only female in the class and fight men bigger and taller than me which makes my head the perfect target! but I've learnt to defend myself and it's giving me lots of confidence it's certainly made me a stronger person and I wouldn't want a head injury to stop me doing what I enjoy. The best defence is not being on the receiving end! Ando thanks for covering this very important issue.
    One brain One life 👍

  12. Maaaan! I can totally relate. I used to train "TOUGH" (aka STUPID). Thought I was badass because I could take a shot, but now I have a glass jaw.

    Regardless of not being able to fight full contact anymore, I benefit from my training and teaching everyday.


  13. "Maybe to become a master you have to be an idiot first". In that case, I already made the first step to become a GREAT master! Success is a long journey that starts with a first step!

  14. Always did judo so couldn’t be injured by head shots but knew a guy who used box and his coach didn’t believe in head guards or pulling punches and made them spar a lot, now he’s a bit Veg like.

  15. Very important subject that you handled perfectly. It takes moral and intellectual courage to voluntarily take this subject on. You shared some truth in here that damned few gym/dojo owners would say out loud, much less immortalize in a video essay and share with the WWW.

    In 2003, I was diagnosed with mild CTE/TBI resulting from a series of sports concussions and 1 line of duty mTBI between 1982 and 1992. Yes, that is an 11 year GAP between the last (and worst) concussion and a diagnosis resulting from me seeking medical treatment for symptoms that began in 2001. The prelim diagnosis wasn't confirmed for another FIVE years of neuro-psych testing and treatment. In that last injury in 1992, I also cracked my c5 and c7 vertebrae. So I also now deal with pretty severe spinal stenosis, bilateral cervical radiculopathy, a ruptured cervical disk, a bulging cervical disk, and bone spurs in my c5-7 vertebrae. Football and full-contact sparring were the main culprits and a bad fall on the job finished me off.

    Here's the flip-side…I actually used my martial arts to rehab. I'm 52 and still practice. Nowadays, I do it primarily for wellness, with a secondary benefit of self-defense skills retention. Until the past 100 years, warriors had to heal themselves. Medical care was extremely rare and very limited in efficacy. Pretty much only in the Asian martial arts do we find a robust cultural history of organized warrior self and buddy care. It's one of the distinguishing characteristics of the ancient Asian martial arts. I'm not suggesting ANY of it is as clinically effective as modern medicine, but a LOT of it is way better than nothing. These healing arts within martial arts were passed down through apprenticeship for many centuries, and were an absolute matter of life and death on a day-to-day basis for the entire warrior class. It's no different than the fitness training (physical conditioning) elements. There were no gyms, no fitbits, no apps for that, no treadmills, …none of it. So you swung sticks with big rocks on the end, gripped and lifted pottery full of sand, ripped the bark off trees with your fingers, and punched fence posts. Isometric and plyometric calisthenic exercise routines were developed to condition and rehab warriors from injury.

    The Asian martial arts have a vast and rich range of tools that are easy and enjoyable to practice and useful for wellness and self-defense. I had doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, and sports psychologists supervising my rehab. I went to the PT lab 3 days/week for 4 years. I took prescription meds; had corrective surgery; used a cane, brace, and tens unit for years; did a year of mechanical traction; and trained in tai chi, kihon and kata from karate, and practiced qi gong the entire time (still do). I returned to free sparring in 2013. And I have been attacked on the street twice since then; once by a pair of 19-20 year old males, and once by a guy in his late 20s. I didn't get a scratch or bruise, and can't say the same for them. 1 of the things I learned from this experience is that handicapped license plates on your car are like a THUG MAGNET to today's generation. But that's a totally different subject.

    I couldn't agree more with every single thing you said in this video, Sensei. I hope my personal story helps someone.

  16. A few years ago, I walked into a TSD dojo looking for sparring opportunities. The instructor was a 50 year old 8th degree black belt. I had no other options within convenient driving distance. Most of his students were women and children. Within a couple months, I saw 3 concussions (same person), 1 broken arm (first year adult male), 1 blown up knee (3rd degree black belt asst instructor female), and 2 traumatized children carried out of the dojo crying uncontrollably. ALL were "sparring" with this sadistic asshole "Grand Master" when they got hurt. So I quit being nice and humiliated him in front of his students (free sparring) and never went back. If your instructors are injuring you in training, that is an ABUSER and you need to leave NOW!

  17. Is there an age where you should not let your kids spar. My kids have been in the martial arts for a couple of years, and when I see them practice sparring and notice that the kids just go for the head. They get hit and their heads whips back and forth. Kids are still developing and usually their skulls and brain has not fully developed. I see kids that are 4 years old doing this every week, I really am against this. I just want them to learn the techniques and not practice too much.

  18. thank you, just one question, what about protecting your head not with the hands but with the distance like mcgregor, wonderboy, or machida?

  19. I dunno. I’m looking at the title and I’m thinking that martial arts does not give you brain damage. It’s the actual full contact no protection fighting that gives it to you.

    For example, I’m 51 and just do forms, grappling and light contact sparring. I’m not a tough guy snd will never be. But martial arts keeps me healthy without the brain damage.

  20. And this is what MMA guys don't want to talk about. If you are not getting paid to fight professional ly—then you are paying to go to the gym to get califlower ears and CTE

  21. I had a great tip somewhere in youtube. If you can't recover from a hit for a few seconds then it's too much. That probably doesn't apply to headshots and few other spots, but getting hit makes you stronger, as long as you know your limits and you give feedback to the one that's hitting you. There was a guy that can be kicked in the balls and walk away like nothing happend – look him up. I'm not saying you should do what he did – he never said his genitals are still functional. But it's proven that you can toughen your body by gradually training it. For example when you hit something with a bone you get microfractures that can heal stronger than before (if you hive it a chance to heal). But of course I've never seen someone that had a broken bone to say it's stroner than before. There is a limit.

  22. yesterday a person is give 6 punched on my head really believe me today my head is paining and I don't fight to that person because I know that, if I fight to that person I slamed more punches so I run away plz tell me what should I have to do if a person directly punching on head ? plz answer

  23. Thank you sensei Ando for sharing your wisdom in martial arts. I've watch a lot of different martial arts video's here in youtube, but for me your channel is the best. Keep it up

  24. Look into Semax or Selank, the safest of the Russian neruogenic peptides. They're used in Eastern European pharmacology to treat things from dementia to traumatic brain injury. They work by boosting levels of the neurotrophic factors BDNF & NGF, both increasing neuronal growth and the synapses between them. Sombody mentioned Psilocybin due to it's BDNF activity, however it does not boost NGF (unless you were to also take Lion's Mane, but this unfortunately has fairly pronounced anti-androgenic properties lowering your testosterone).

  25. Wow excellent video!. Great advice and you deliver the message with sincerity unlike a doctor or other youtubers/bloggers.

  26. Thank you sensei Ando, I love your content and your approach to martial arts. So you said you're not a huge fan of helmets, I'm not either : lately I tend to think sparring should exclusively be done with gloves (maybe shin pads) and light contact, but not everyone is capable of controling their power, especially beginners… Anyway, keep up the great work ! Love from France.

  27. This question is exactly the one that was bothering me lately. I want to start training but I'm still not sure if I want to risk brain injuries.

  28. One of the most important martial arts videos of the entire internet! A must see! That message have to be spread!

  29. But if this is true, then Cobra Kai are the bad guys!

    I have practiced kickboxing for 35 years, I'm better than I was 20 years ago..

  30. Martial arts training and sparring with protections as helmet and gloves is reducing the risks of brain injuries to some extent, isn't it?

  31. Hey Ando, you're absolutely right.
    I also suggest that you test every new technique slowly and carefully and notice something that does not feel comfortable before performing with intensity. Also, I suggest that any uncomfortable sensation in the joint, and of course in the head, to go to the doctor, there are some injuries that are important in early treatment.

    You are not lonely in mistakes, believe me every master made mistakes before he was a master.
    It would be nice if there was a site that contained mistakes from every aspect of life that the young people would learn from the experienced.

  32. Thanks for bringing the topic into the forefront. I think a lot of people somehow don't pay enough attention to how unbelievably fragile the brain is. Great video.

  33. This is why it's great to train with nurses and paramedics. They always are quick to look at things and are morbidly curious about what happens:

  34. It’s like you said Sensei Ando, you need to first be an idiot in order to be a master. You are truly a master martial artist. Thank you for the life saving advise as usual.

  35. Most crucial martial arts tip ever. On the streets the bad guys aren't going for some fancy high kicks or throws and submissions. The very first thing in the head of a thug is "Smack 'em in da face!" or "Punch his brains out!". Thanks you, sir!
    Also, during my time on technical college, I've found some similarities between humans and steel. Raw steel is relatively soft and plastic. It becomes tougher when hardened. But if you go to far with it, it becomes brittle, cracks and breaks easily. The strongest steel is the one that goes through hardening and stress relieving. I think it's the same as with people, overstressing oneself can lead to permanent injury, physical or mental. So yeah, to be your best, make sure you get time to recover from any trauma instead of looking for more of it.

    P. S. If I may ask, could you please suggest a good video with some techniques and exercises for blocking blows to the head?

  36. Hello sir Ando
    I think you are really guiding your students (young martial artists including me) very well. I have the same problem of having an instant headache even if I never trained stupid.

  37. I have a problem of fighting really slowly in my dreams LOL – seriously, its like the under water bar fight scene with Val Kilmer in the satire Top Secret. I just struggle to move. Sincerely, if I practiced slow martial arts kata (like Tai Chi – but really applying the principle of slow movements to any kata) – doing all the breathing and awareness and being really technical with my positioning so as I always feel 'grounded' and 'in control': could that ironically speed up my fighting abilities during nightmares and could this have any benefit in real life? This is real life? Right?

  38. Another WINNER Master Ando! It's amazing that you link the video you describe at the beginning with Martial Arts sparring: just what I had in mind when I saw it! Sparring (almost) to the point of putting your opponent on ICE is the best way to train for actual self-defense, but it come with the price of REAL (serious) INJURY.

  39. So the morale of the story is to avoid apples and apple products if we want to look badass? 🙂 Seriously- I believe that it is part of what we do and part of this what are our genetics. Great video for the first part! 🙂

  40. Hey Ando great video I love your thinking can you please make another video with some exercises to prevent brain damage

  41. Glad you made this :).

    Edit: BTW what do you think about alternative martial arts that dont cause brain damage? Things BJJ, Kendo, Fencing, HEMA, or Escrima?

    I'm thinking about doing escrima. It's a bit unrealistic on how they spar but it's still gives you an edge in weapons. At least that's what I think.

  42. Hey Ando! Just got back from my belt testing, I passed!!! I'm a orange belt with a black stripe now. Do you have or could you do a video on bouncing while sparring I'm not very good at bouncing. I need lots of work. Thanks Ando! you're so helpful.

  43. whats with like the weird line on your neck to body. like someone edited it on, NOT SAYING SOMEONE DID JUST WONDERING bothering me

  44. Such a shame seeing what happened to Kwoonkicker, I followed him for years and he was one of several sources of inspiraiton for starting a martial arts Youtube channel. I am glad you are using your spotlight to create awareness around this important topic.

  45. Hello sir
    Please reply
    I am planning to go for martials arts classes
    So I have a doubt
    I have flat footh
    So will it be a problem for me to do martials arts?
    Please reply sir

  46. It comes down to not getting enough constructive criticism.

    I remember when doing grappling and wondering why I was getting tapped by the same move? It's important if your better than someone to tell them what they are doing wrong. I remember sparring and my partner kept ducking my punches I threw an uppercut it landed so clean I felt sorry for him. I told him" The way your ducking screams I'm open. I know it feels good to know your better than someone or to win in practice. But your preventing your own growth by not building your teammates up! If your the best at your school it's time to change schools. Never stop improving don't put your teammates down . I commented on kwon kickers account I gave him some advice.

  47. It is understandable. Too many times, I had advice come back and bite me in the behind. I don't know if this is the same concept. This is more about the lessons of life, when you said wisdom.

  48. Is Choy Li Fut good for MMA? How can someone train Kung Fu in prep for MMA? Are there any good schools in Sacramento CA that you know of?

  49. I am an 11 year old orange belt and my sensei is gonna tell me soon if I can test for my blue belt 🙂

  50. So I think a big part of the problem is that most people don't know how the brain works. When a neuron dies, it doesn't come back. It is gone forever. We have not yet found a way to replace brain cells. And we might never be able to. It is just like taking too much ibuprofen. You don't notice any change for a long time. And when you do notice something, it is too late because the damage has added up. Thanks for the insight Ando, I hope a lot of people take your message to heart. It might be true, that an MMA fighter can beat a traditional martial Artist in direct combat, but traditional martial arts have kept people healthy into their high age for hundreds of years. Greetings from Germany! 🥋

  51. Thanks for the tip!!!!! In the Philippines and Thailand training in Thai Boxing or Panantukan which is Filipino Boxing you NEVER train full contact!!!!! As a matter of fact, the trainers will chastise you severely for being stupid!!!!! Guru Dan Inosanto said that a few times and another martial artist named Everett "Monsterman" Eddie stated that your body can take so much punishment that sooner or later your body will turn around and rebel against this!!!! As a matter of fact in high arts you train realistically but SAFE!!!! As a matter of fact Paul Vunak divided training into 2 modes. Self preservation and self perfection!!! Paul also stated that John Lacoste a Filipino grand master of Kali and Helio Gracie of Brazilian Ju Jitsu were @ a high level of skill @ their 80s and 90s!!!!!

  52. I disagree I've been taking shots to the head since I was young and I'm fine!
    The thing is is that I was a new born. And now when I bought my first car I never had a fear of suitcases until I tripped on one. AND IT WAS LOADED

    Now the thing about this is that you have to sit down after eating that much because so much swimming for that can leading to stressful times. Know what I mean?

    Don't ever try to leap. Cause the leap of faith may be your last.

    It's like that quote from Mel Gibson.
    "I have never sneezed. Not even once. Is everyone around just messing with me or….?

    Like I was saying. That was the part about the limabean and the car chase that never bothered me.

    God bless and happybirthmas.

    And for heaven sakes don't touch that button. For if you do. It may be your best time of all of the 70s dance music.

    – love Blunt forcington

    Naw but for real. Good video. Head injuries are no joke. A nice subject not A lot of people touch on It!

  53. How does your brain get shaken in bjj? There’s barely any shaking/jerking. Just look at a bjj competition on YouTube, most times it’s just positions, not even submissions

  54. I don't like that kids are sparring! Its not good at all for a developing brain to be hit. Now should they train yes. But NO HEAD shots.

  55. I don't know what's wrong with me I love taking shots to the head and makes me laugh it makes me smile …. almost turns me on I think I need to see a psychiatrist…

  56. Great video – something to always keep in mind. Any kind of contact sparring would have brain injury risk though… And unfortunately the only safe way seems to be not to spar at all…

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