doesn't make you stronger

shhh, shhhh, my babes

come to my bosom

i have some good news for you:

castiel isn’t fur real dead

i also have some even better news for you:

season 12 was gay as fuck, it broke all the gay records, it’s registering an 11 on the gay richter scale–there was a fucking gayquake up in here and none of us stood a goddamn chance

and here is the best news of all:

this five-second, weeping-over-burnt-wings fake-out? it’s gonna make them even gayer

anonymous asked:

Ok so I just read some of your posts about martial arts, and if I understood it right, is that greater muscle mass doesn't actually make you stronger, it just makes it easier/faster to build up strength. Thinking of the upper body, if you have two individuals where one has more mm than the other (or a man/woman), on the assumption that both have equal capacity and training, the person with greater mm wouldn't directly be *stronger* because of the mm, but has just progressed faster? Is that it?

So, here’s the thing. Martial arts do not rely on strength, some techniques such as joint locks and throws require no strength at all. Muscle helps, but it is not comparable to understanding of technique. You’re not actually going to be build up a lot of muscle mass when practicing martial arts techniques by themselves. You will when doing endurance training and strength training separately, but that’s about it. Then, in the more advanced section, we get into the admission that its not about how hard you hit but rather where (and how deeply the force penetrates the body).

You don’t need to be physically “strong” to break bricks, for example. Rather, it’s a question of your ability to visualize past an object so the force carries through.

Most of martial arts is about manipulation of body mechanics to generate force. Muscles help, but not as much as most people think and certainly not in the way they think. The average athlete will have more muscle mass and muscular definition than the average martial artist. For fighting, endurance trumps flat physical strength. Too much of a certain type of muscle, such as that seen on a body builder, becomes detrimental. After all, muscle weighs more than fat. If you’re totally ripped, it becomes more difficult to move quickly which is detrimental and the amount of weight you’re carrying around reduces the length of time you can fight.

More than that, different humans develop visible definition in their musculature at different rates. In some cases, it requires a very specific, pointed regimen to get the look you see off of body builders and actors. Women have a very difficult time achieving visible definition, especially in their upper body. So, being able to see muscle doesn’t necessarily mean it isn’t there.

So, you’re still thinking about it wrong. Muscle mass (as in the size of your muscles) isn’t what’s important. There are essentially two different kinds of muscles that one can develop.

1) the ones gained by stretching/elongating the muscle over a period of time, which is what you get from most sports like running and general aerobic exercise.

2) the ones gained by tearing the muscles so they build up over time, this is what you get from body-building, weight lifting, pushups, and other similar exercises.

For a combatant, the first one is actually more important because it emphasizes building of endurance. Your muscles remain lean, you build up wind, though you won’t gain much in the way of definition. The second one is also important but in moderation as too much muscle mass will actually impede movement and slow you down. One is endurance, the other is strength. Endurance is far more necessary, because that’s what allows you to fight for a prolonged period of time without growing tired.

The problem is the vast majority of the population is only aware of the second and most obvious type of muscle. They place all the emphasis on it. Ironically, of course, this shouldn’t be news to fans of Dragonball Z. Where the problem of over emphasizing training on building up muscle mass gets addressed during the Cell Saga. (Kudos for anyone who remembers which Super Saiyan got their butt whipped.) In this case, a bodybuilder would be at a greater disadvantage in a fight as opposed to a runner.

The second thing to understand about women is that they have what’s called a subcutaneous layer of fat underneath the surface of the skin. For some women, it is very difficult to build up any sort of visible definition and sometimes even requires a specific type workout regimen to achieve it. This doesn’t mean these women don’t have muscle, it’s just not visible and that makes it hard to accurately judge how much. Women also develop muscle differently from men, having an easier time building up their legs and their core than the upper body. However, those are just as essential to combat as your upper body. Your core is your primary means of maintaining balance, and acts as the body’s centerpoint. If you’ve got a weak center, it doesn’t matter how strong your arms are.

The third thing to understand is about rippling muscles. The more visible the muscle, the easier it is to find the pressure points. Most pressure points on the body exist in the places where separate muscles meet, so the more definition someone has then the easier they are to find.

If you assume both have equal capacity and training, then it doesn’t matter how much muscle mass is visible or who has more.

The issue you keep running into is in thinking that muscle = strength, which it doesn’t. The second is the assumption that physical strength is what matters, which again it doesn’t.

Technical proficiency matters. Endurance matters. Wind, as in how much oxygen you can get into your body, matters. Balance matters, your core muscles as in the abdominal muscles are the most important muscles to develop. The rest of it? Less so.

 Physical strength can enhance, but only to a certain, limited degree. In martial arts, force is generated through the motion. Being able to deadlift 200 pounds doesn’t mean you can hit with anywhere near 200 pounds of force when your arm is moving. The amount of weight you lift doesn’t translate to force. Instead, we look to how force is generated through the movement of the body. To generate the maximum amount of force in a punch, you need to throw your whole body behind it.

This means your hand, your wrist, your arm, your shoulder are working in concert with your hips and your legs and your feet. However, there is a limit to how much force can be generated. A kick creates more momentum and is more powerful than a punch. Techniques where you spin, such as the spinning backfist or the wheelkick, are more powerful than the average martial arts technique. The more momentum you generate, the harder you hit. The same goes for jump kicks. The more momentum there is, the more force created. When you’re talking a judo or aikido throw, the point is to let the opponent’s body do the work for you. You get them into the air and their body in motion provides the force when they hit the ground. You don’t need to be strong, you just need to get them moving.

Martial arts techniques both offensive and defensive revolve around the concept of creating, negating, and redirecting momentum. This includes both yours and your opponent’s.

Here is a simple example:

Someone charges at you. You’ve got three options. You can stand there and take it. You can attempt to negate the charge by grabbing hold of them as they come and springing your feet backwards so you both likely end up on the ground. Or, you can get out of the way. (Maybe, you risk sticking your foot out to trip them.)

These are the basic concepts of martial arts defense.

It doesn’t really matter if it’s a big person charging you or a small one. It will matter a lot more if they are a linebacker, a wrestler, or someone who understands how to slam their shoulder into their opponent’s core to knock them over.

I get that this concept runs directly counter to the way combat is presented in media, and that’s why it ends up harder to comprehend. Just as many people end up discouraged when they start exercising to lose weight and end up gaining instead, because they were never taught that muscle weighs more than fat. That muscle will eat your fat, and help them achieve the body they want. All they know is weight itself as an aggregate is bad, if they are gaining then exercise must not be working, and they end up quitting because of it.

If you think about combat primarily in terms of strength then you will miss all the other fundamental pieces that are ultimately more important. When martial artists talk about “strength”, they’re usually referring to the generation of momentum rather or the technique’s effectiveness rather than how much you can lift or some other definition of physical strength.

Otherwise, the word you’re looking for fortitude.


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anonymous asked:

How did you feel about them ending the Jasper suicide scene with Monty realizing Harper chose to live?

I feel good about that. I also feel good that they tied Jasper’s fall with Raven’s rise. I think people might be focusing a bit too closely to the tragedy of Jasper’s story, while forgetting that There. IS. Still. Hope. We CAN choose to not give in to the pain. We can choose to have hope. To keep fighting, even though it is a risk. Some people don’t make it out and that is true, but we can.

I don’t know about others, but that is much more important to me. I’ve struggled with depression my whole life, off and on, and now I have anxiety on top of it, but I’ve never given up. I NEED that hope. I need to see people choosing to live, even though it feels so hopeless. 

Jasper’s suicidal end is not the only end that there can be. There can be Raven’s heroic fight to change her circumstances. Or there can be Harper’s quiet acceptance that, yes it’s hard and she is hurting but she’s going to continue on because she has hope, because things can and do get better. If she can do it in the face of certain apocalypse, I can do it in my mundane life.

I’m not really involved in the discourse of this, but I’ve seen some things that say how horrible it is that they would give Jasper such an end, not give him the whole episode, not let him say good bye to his friends, not show his bravery and make his end mean something. But I don’t think it’s horrible. I think the suicide is horrible and I think suicide almost always is. And I don’t think we should pretend it isn’t. So that it isn’t made into some beautiful thing where the whole story stops to honor his death? No. That I am grateful for. I’d rather look to Raven and Harper, and how they chose to NOT end it. I wish he had made it out of it. I wish he had found hope. He didn’t. But the sad truth is, sometimes it happens like that. And it’s so ugly. 

Sorry. I’m not into glamorizing suicide. 

  • FMA 2003: the world is imperfect; you can work for years and suffer all sorts of hardship for nothing in return. but you can also get beautiful things and not have to worry about the pain you'll need to endure to "earn" them. no matter what you should strive toward your goals because there is nobility in the certain choice to strive forward in the face of uncertainty




•  NAME: ashley
•  PRONOUNS: she / her
•  SEXUALITY: bisexual
•  TAKEN OR SINGLE: single af


1. i’m close to finishing my english degree and come september 2018 i’m starting my full time early childhood education program and i’m going to be taking business classes at night.
2. those two years from 2018-2020 are going to be the first time since i was fourteen where i won’t be working.
3. i’ve nannied for the same family for 3 years & my bosses are the reason i want to create my own business & become a big boss with lots of employees. 


•   HOW LONG (MONTHS / YEARS?): damn, since i was twelve? so nine years?
•   PLATFORMS YOU’VE USED: youtube, twitter, facebook, forums, tumblr and kik
•   BEST EXPERIENCE: meeting the wonderful people i’m lucky to call my bestfriends.


•   FEMALE OR MALE: don’t really have a preference tbh.
•   FLUFF, ANGST OR S.MUT: ANGST. i can do fluff for sure. but you’re more likely to get angst. i don’t smut tbh.
•   PLOTS OR MEMES: BOTH. both is very good.
•   LONG OR SHORT REPLIES: depends on my mood. i can write short and long. but if it’s plotted, it’ll more than likely be a novel. oops, sorry?
•   BEST TIME TO WRITE: when it’s quiet. or i’m alone. i don’t like lots of distractions. i try to have background noise but i always end up pausing it. 
•   ARE YOU LIKE YOUR MUSE(S): depends really. i can be impulsive like octavia and my relationship with my twin was very dependent sometimes like o & bell. but i have A LOT better control of my anger than o and even though i’m really trying to change it, octavia’s definitely more adventurous than i am.

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through the valley | the 100

So I started this back in December at the request of @ofhouseadama and I wasn’t sure that I would ever finish it. I have so much trouble doing videos like this. It doesn’t help that I have trouble vidding The 100 as well. 

It ended up having a lot of focus on Clarke (which is not a surprise) and Octavia (which is also not a surprise). 

It’s not my best work but I do love the voice overs.

ZODIAC Mantra(s)?
  • Rho: I know one that goes 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger'?
  • Ophiuchus: You'd be dead if you try to figure that one out.
  • Hysan: I don't have a mantra. I just think of the ones I love-
  • Rho: *blushes*
  • Pandora: Does anyone actually have a mantra?
  • Mathias: I don't have time for mantras.
  • Everyone: *mumbled agreement*
  • Ophiuchus, at a corner, whispering: I deserve better. I deserve better. I -
  • Aquarius: Holy Helios.