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IT Generalist, Dissident Developer, IT Heretic, scuba diver, role-player, martial artist

"Do not try and think outside the box. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth. There is no box!"

Worked and played in in IT industry for a number of years, mostly in the mainframe fields using COBOL, LINC (LDA/EDA), ObjectStar. But have also used some other languages and tools. Currently working in PROGRESS ABL (4GL) and teaching myself Python 2.7

PADI Master Instructor, PADI Tec Instructor, Wing Chun Kuen Instructor, JuJitsu Instructor, DAN First Aid Instructor Trainer

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Why do I call myself a Heretic and Dissident?

A heretic holds ideas that are in fundamental disagreement with the status quo in any practice and branch of knowledge.

A dissident, broadly defined, is a person who actively challenges an established doctrine, policy, or institution.


Jan
15
comment Overcoming fear/anxiousness and dealing with pain
except for the kicking trees bit not a bad answer. Do not kick trees or walls. toughening the bone structure and skin is important but do not desensitize yourself completely and do not cause serious bruises, hairline fractures, etc.
Jan
15
comment Defence against Wing Chun
good point Steve, but not all WC groups are like that. Just as I have seen many fighters in MMA that are weak against certain kind of attacks. If you can not read your opponent and have not trained against people using those attacks then you have a weakness. I think in answer to question i just feel you need to work on not beating WC guys but rather should train to fight against different type of attackers at different ranges.
Jan
14
comment Defence against Wing Chun
Issue is not with a system but with the practitioner of a system. No matter who you fight against being able to read their automatic responses & tells/signals will give you the edge every time.
Jan
13
comment Defence against Wing Chun
I like the question.
Jan
13
comment Defence against Wing Chun
Just be careful. Wing Chun does not move around a lot, but can very quickly change direction. Their motto is to wait for incoming attack and then twist and rapidly attack with kicks/strikes at an angle. Large dedicated attacks are especially vulnerable. I tend to find fakes may get inexperienced wing chun guys to over commit leaving them open to the real punch. Also students with more advanced training will use (for a lack of a better word) unorthodox methods to counter. My sifu always said: "Wing Chun is like Mechano. We give you the parts so you can build anything you need."
Jan
13
comment Defence against Wing Chun
excellent answer, yes how you train is what is important. If you only train against boxers you will be very good at defeating boxers. But then this is true for any martial art.
Jan
13
comment Defence against Wing Chun
Not a bad answer, but remember one of Wing Chun's core ideas was not to teach a set of responses to a particular attack as was normal in more traditional systems. But rather teach a few key techniques and then practice it against various types of attacks. Wing Chun is very good at adapting to various systems.
Jan
13
comment Defence against Wing Chun
Stay away from close range. Do long range attacks and learn to move away from Wing Chun practitioner as fast as possible when he tries to close the range. Or practice getting inside his range and grapple. But be aware some instructors teach their students to handle grapple. I love wing chun and train against people from different styles so I can adjust how i use my toolset depending on my opponent.
Jan
13
comment Defence against Wing Chun
+1 very nice description on ranges.
Jan
13
comment Overcoming fear/anxiousness and dealing with pain
And please please please do not kick trees :'( In kung fu we believe in gradual progress toughen your legs and arms over time in a gentle manner without damaging/breaking things. GLASS HEAD, BEAN CURD BODY, IRON BRIDGES
Jan
13
comment Overcoming fear/anxiousness and dealing with pain
force yourself to move in. If you practise it in one step sparring first you will train the reaction. Wing Chun is close range, so close the range. Also stepping in closer takes the momentum and power out of the kick. But beware of Thai fighters as they are also good at close range and give powerful knee attacks.
Oct
31
comment Best martial art for a late bloomer
This is always a very subjective question. Everyone will have their own opinions based on their own experience.
Jun
18
awarded  Informed
Jun
3
comment Is the highest judo belt really red?
And I did not say ALL systems :-)
Jun
3
revised Is the highest judo belt really red?
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Jun
3
comment Is the highest judo belt really red?
@Sardathrion Firstly Kano's grading system was made for Judo and then adopted by other Japanese Martial arts. Over time several other martial arts started adopting similar gradigns, but the question my friend is ON JUDO not on muay thai and capeoria, etc so I think that means my answer is ON TOPIC and yours is not :-)
May
29
comment Is the highest judo belt really red?
judoinfo.com/obi.htm
May
29
answered Is the highest judo belt really red?
Nov
15
comment How to safely harden the inner thigh
I have to agree with Sardathrion. If you are injured go seek the advice from a doctor or physiotherapist. Try to find someone specialized in sports injuries.
Nov
15
comment How to safely harden the inner thigh
some bruising will be expected initially, but serious bruising and regularly being hurt shows bad training techniques and might mean you need to find a different teacher. I believe in the saying: Gradual Progress. Build up hardness/toughness slowly and gently over time without serious injury to yourself.