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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?
Feb
22
comment Adapting karate to stage combat
I'm not sure that we actually would, because while we know the martial arts principles, I find that what people think martial arts looks like… isn't what it actually looks like. Meanwhile, there are entire courses in stage combat that aren't reliant on a martial arts background. It's been touched on, but I'd suggest opening a meta topic specifically on the topicality of this question.
Feb
22
comment How do I coach her mindset to better suit karate competitions?
I will stand by my statement: You can't (or rather really shouldn't) coach her on attitude or approach if you are dating her. You can be supportive–particularly when she is struggling or failing–and you can point her at resources that might help. But at a very fundamental level attitude and confidence are something that a coach needs to manage and help her with, in ways that you are not in a position to help with.
Feb
22
comment Correct usage of the title “Master”?
Cool, thanks for the link and the question. I have modified what I said to make it a little broader, include a few more cultures, and make my point more explicit.
Feb
20
comment Are students with disabilities tested differently?
It's also worth noting (though this is more of a meta discussion) that the proper answer to "polling opinion" questions is to close them, not to wikify them. See, for example, my comment here.
Feb
18
comment Relaxation Techniques
Not really. You can be mentally tense and physically relaxed or vice-versa. There are links there, but they aren't the same thing. More importantly, you are looking for two answers. One is physical, the other is mental. If you are looking for two answers, it implies that you should have two questions.
Feb
18
comment Relaxation Techniques
There are two questions here. This might be better off being split: "How can I [physically] relax quickly"
Feb
14
comment Official Term/Good Reference for Hapkido Advanced Basics
Actually that's pretty much spot on what I was looking for and fits nicely with what I have been told previously (e.g., "advanced basics are just basics done well") and seen when researching. Thanks much.
Feb
14
comment Official Term/Good Reference for Hapkido Advanced Basics
I will be happy to if I can get my hands on it, which I've been hoping to do. It isn't in Tedeschi's Hapkido or in my other books, unfortunately, and I can't confirm it is in that one without actually seeing it.
Feb
10
comment Are there musical instruments which, when practiced, noticeably increase martial arts skills and performance?
Agreed absolutely. Editing to make that point explicit.
Feb
7
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
What exactly are you looking for with the answer here?
Feb
6
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
If you know of additional criteria, then feel free to list the things you already know you are looking for in your question. You should also always talk to the instructor of any art you are taking to see if that individual instructor can help you in those aspects.
Feb
6
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
Sure, but from my perspective that doesn't significantly impact the art you choose. Good conditioning, knowledge of locks and strikes, etc and then you make a decision in the situation the degree of force that is warranted.
Feb
6
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
There is also a thread for discussing the topicality of recommendation questions. I think the question could be better phrased as "what do I need to keep in mind/look for when choosing a martial art as a bouncer?"
Feb
6
comment Shoulder Tension
My current art has a lot of structural similarity to aikido in this respect, and uses some of the same concepts of energy. Certainly something I can focus on more.
Feb
6
comment Shoulder Tension
Very good suggestions, will be trying these.
Feb
3
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
Used to play very actively, not as much any longer, unfortunately.