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Apr
22
comment Does anyone know a good source of information about Sambo on the web?
@fpessoa If you found the answer useful to you and you, you can mark it as an accepted answer ^_^ You can always change it later, and this encourages people to answer your questions in the future.
Apr
20
comment How can I improve my “bananeira” (hand-stand / walk head-down)?
Welcome to the site! It would help for answering this question if you could give a little more explanation as to what you feel is going wrong. When you say you "never managed to past this barrier," what happens?
Apr
15
comment Is stretching with a partner beneficial, dangerous, or both?
Unfortunately this doesn't really address the core of the question, since my question specifically is with regards to experienced practitioners who move very slowly and communicate very quickly.
Apr
13
comment How is a Kubotan used in self-defense?
I've reopened it given the modifications.
Apr
1
comment How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
Comments are the space for clarifying questions and the like, not for protracted debate or discussion. Feel free to use the chat.
Mar
27
comment Demonstrations of Minimum Force
The ones who have this particular problem basically run the gamut in ages. I've seen it with 50 year olds, I've seen it with 13 year olds (the youngest we take), and both with men and with women. It seems slightly more prevalent–or perhaps just more noticeable–among young men.
Mar
26
comment Controlling my emotions during sparring
Some of the answers are going to cover substantively similar material as they are related questions, but it doesn't change that the questions are still fundamentally different from the point of view of the asker and the nuances can be quite be different in terms of answers even if the core is similar.
Mar
25
comment Controlling my emotions during sparring
Similar framing, but slightly different approach: one is asking about using emotions, the other preventing frustration.
Mar
21
comment Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
Yep, I don't know of any forms that start or even spend prolonged time on one's back, though I suppose one could create some (particularly two person forms). Though I generally think of "ground fighting" fairly expansively to include anything you do from the ground.
Mar
21
comment Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
Not a direct answer to the question, but it's worth noting that some forms (e.g., in iaido) start from the ground.
Mar
21
comment What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system?
Yeah, there's a lot of variance in cost for martial arts training, and sometimes getting training can run quite high… but that cost may very well be going into better training equipment (mats, realistic targets), a better location, a more available instructor, or a variety of other things that you may or may not consider worth it. "Is it a reasonable cost for what I am getting" is a fantastic question for any martial art you are engaged in, understanding others may make other choices.
Mar
21
comment What are the philosophical differences between the TKD Kwan?
Some clarification: 1) I am not within a kwan and I don't practice TKD 2) I have spoken with other instructors, but I am also very sure from a historical perspective of a difference in the fraternal organizations which carries forward, at least with older instructors. The original differences were, at least at one point, evidently fairly distinct. That may be lessened now, but even historical information here would be appreciated.
Mar
20
comment What's this posture called, and does it signify something
Nice answer and welcome to the site ^_^
Mar
14
comment How effective are different pricing structures for martial arts studios?
An important variant form of per lesson plan I've been seeing is to purchase lessons in bulk. So you can purchase, say, a set of 10—30 lessons together in one package but when you use them is up to you. This has the advantage from a teacher standpoint of securing a certain amount of income up front, while providing the student significant flexibility.
Mar
8
comment What is the best martial art for reducing back pain and stress while increasing my fitness?
1) It is almost always bad to promote any single martial art as an answer, because I could just as easily say "capoeira" which is also true, but in a different way 2) Tai Chi is most emphatically not a substitute for strength training, and won't substitute for yoga or even meditation for everyone (e.g., I frequently prefer vipassana). It covers some of the same territory and makes a great compliment, but that doesn't make it a good substitute.
Mar
7
comment Why Do Pressure Points Work Differently Against Different People?
Generally the ones that are targeted most frequently map to both, e.g., the one I linked to there is an acupuncture point, but it is also interconnected to a bunch of different nerve tissue. I also flat don't have it on one side.
Mar
7
comment Tanto Forms Reference
Thanks for the reference, I'll check it out. Unfortunately the vast majority of references I've found on knife fighting are really atrocious >_<
Feb
25
comment How do I coach her mindset to better suit karate competitions?
Actually, I'd argue that you as a coach is highly relevant if you are going to be the one helping her, as is your relationship. I can't help a friend the same way I can help a student, and I can't help a student the same way I can help a friend. How "open minded" your relationship is here is irrelevant. The communication just isn't the same, and conflation can prevent effectiveness in one context while encouraging it in another. If you want a very clear example of how this works, look up Dual Relationships in Psychology and Counseling.
Feb
23
comment What is misogi?
It would help some for answering if I knew a little more about the context you have heard it in with reference to Aikido. Misogi is more of a shinto concept.
Feb
23
comment What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?
There are a couple of variations of passai on youtube. Do any of them look familiar?