Calibration

When talking to people who don’t know much about this sport, they inevitably ask the question, “How are the points counted?”  I usually tell them that it is an honor-based system and as such, there are a few inherent problems. 

I don’t think there is any fighter who hasn’t at one point thrown a shot that they thought was “good” that their opponent did not think was “good”.  I have decided to discuss different forms of calibration that I have seen and/or experienced in my years of fighting.  This is not a blanket statement nor an accusation of any fighter in particular. Some of the terms I have stolen and others I have created. This is just a light-hearted look at something that can be very frustrating at times.  Feel free to comment and add your own!

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY CALIBRATION
If a shot is “good”, it is “good”, regardless of the person or situation.

MIS-MATCHED CALIBRATION
When someone takes lighter than they expect you to take or when they take light and hit hard.

THUG CALIBRATION
Calibration is on the higher end of “good”, but the recipient gets extremely excited when hit with a well-placed, hard shot.

DEBATABLE CALIBRATION
Calibration is an art, to be won or lost with words. If the opponent calls a shot “good”, talk him out of it. If the opponent calls a shot “light”, talk him out of it.

TEACHING CALIBRATION
Lowering your calibration expectations in order to train a newer fighter.

SOCIAL CALIBRATION
The quality of the shot is based on previous knowledge and/or expectations of the level of fighting of your opponent.

COLOR-CODED CALIBRATION
The quality of a shot is based on the belt color of their opponent as follows: 
White – the usual shots are “good” 
Red – shots must be thrown twice as hard to be “good” 
Any other color – (see Rhino Calibration below)

TOURNAMENT CALIBRATION
Shots that were taken as “good” in practice must be thrown twice as hard to be “good”.

MELEE CALIBRATION
Only a shot that physically moves your opponent enough for them to notice with their endorphins pumping is considered “good”.

RHINO CALIBRATION
Good?  What is this word?  I do not think it means what you think it means.

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~ by Gunnvor on June 24, 2013.

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