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Skepticism and Science in the Martial Arts
After nearly 25 years of Mixed Martial Arts on television, why do many of the myths in martial arts still persist? Chi, pressure point knockouts, magical techniques, as well as unrealistic moves still persist all around the world in martial arts schools despite the fact that the fastest growing sport in the world dispels such myths every week on live TV and PPV watched by millions of people. Even within the MMA community, many myths and anti-scientific ideas persist. Weight cutting is a major problem in every major MMA event, with many fighters being hospitalized due to kidney failure and extreme dehydration. Why are we still using 50-year-old concepts of weight cutting and outdated training methods? Why do people still think that practicing unrealistic moves on non-resistant opponents will prepare them for a real altercation? Ian examines these myths and bad methods with his lifetime of study, experience, and at scientific approach to all things fighting and self defense. Warning: videos and images may be too graphic for some people. About our Speaker: Ian Harris is a well-known comedian and impressionist who infuses skepticism and science into his stand-up comedy. A veteran of the stage for over 25 years, Ian has starred in two hour-long television specials and made numerous other TV appearances including on Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live and the MMA drama, "Kingdom." In addition to Ian's comedy, he is also a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) trainer and coach for more than 15 years, with fighters in every major organization including the UFC, Bellator, Combate Americas and LFA. Ian's gym is called "Fight Science" due to his scientific and cerebral approach to fighting, training and the Martial Arts, or as he calls them, the Fighting Sciences. He is also a husband of 28 years and the father of a 13 year-old-daughter. The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Skeptic Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. If you're a frequent attendee, see the welcome desk for joining the membership. About SD Skeptics:The San Diego Skeptic Society (formerly SDARI) is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. Lectures start promptly at 7pm. Please note: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

Joyce Beers Community Center

3950 Vermont St. Bldg. M-100 (next to the Aladdin Cafe) · San Diego, CA

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Originally founded in 1996, the San Diego Skeptics Society (formerly San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry (SDARI)) serves the greater San Diego region by advocating critical thinking and scientific skepticism ( . Join us for monthly discussion and lecture groups on the 4th Sunday of the month.

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