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I am a software developer with delusions of being a political and economic philosopher. Yes, that means I'm LOTS of fun at parties.


Apr
16
comment How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?
Which is why I said to begin with "spotting", i.e. turning the head first and fixing your eyes on the target from start to finish. Go ask a pretty girl who dances to teach you. It's a great ice breaker too ;)
Apr
11
comment How to prepare your mind before practicing martial arts
Was the master Jackie Chan?
Apr
1
comment Tips for increasing power of bankai
Also note the date.
Mar
10
comment Western Boxing Styles and their Features
Same here RE: Philly Shell. I've been teaching that with a modified ITF TKD-optimised foot placement as the default fighting stance for facing opponents of similar stature for literally decades and I never thought that it might actually have a name.
Mar
5
comment What is the main technical focus of Bushin Ryu?
Yeah, I saw the videos. I stand by what I said about the "ninja" schools.
Mar
4
comment What is the main technical focus of Bushin Ryu?
Look, seriously, Bushin-ryu is a made up style found in Street Fighter. It's main technical focus seems to be propeller kicks and energy balls. If someone claims to be a Bushin-Ryu master or practitioner, chances are they're actually skilled at Bullshido, like all those "ninja" schools where they teach you nothing but cool poses.
Mar
3
comment Best martial art for someone with bad elbow?
Go on youtube and have a look at a couple of judo and jiu-jitsu fights and draw your own conclusions. I'm not the final authority on any topic. I know a lot, but I also know that there's even more that I don't know.
Mar
3
comment Best martial art for someone with bad elbow?
Most of the flavours of Karate are good. Seeing as you're a novice, "karate" means anything where you have to wear a white gi and a coloured belt (except judo). My personal favourite is Kyukushin because its techniques are applicable in the real world and the founder, Masutatsu Oyama, was a real-life bad-ass. As Sardathrion said, let your instructor know from the start that you have a problem with your elbow.
Mar
3
comment Best martial art for someone with bad elbow?
Wouldn't recommend it as it puts a LOT of strain on your elbows. You'll be doing lots of backfists and short, snapping punches. Basically any type of small, repetitive, movement is bad news for problem joints. As seen here: youtube.com/watch?v=7zLH3c37QBA
Mar
3
comment Best martial art for someone with bad elbow?
The trick is to kick the other guy in the head first ;)
Mar
3
comment What can I do to stretch my legs out further?
Pilates. Pilates instructors are usually clued-up on physiotherapy, so you can ask them about the pain in your hip joints. Aside from that, I have seen amazing improvements in the flexibility of students who follow a pilates regimen. What's more, pilates is yoga plus actual science backing it up.
Feb
26
comment How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?
World champion in Taekwondo. I personally only got so far as British Open champion in 1996 and 5th place at the 1998 World championships. For research findings you can look up Dr. Joe De Beer. His work on rehabilitation (and by extension strengthening) is amazing and I have firsthand experience of the results he achieves. I was going to suggest livestrong.com, but it's obviously a bit biased and specialized. And nowhere did I suggest NOT doing flexibility exercises.
Feb
25
comment How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?
You are certainly welcome to dismiss my advice and I believe that your methods are quite good too but I should point out that I have trained a world champion as well as a number of national champions. All my strength and conditioning advice is backed up by solid research. You will also note that a general strength training program will include endurance training, which brings us right back to cycling (or running, if that's your cup of tea). Also note that I am referring to incline training, not interval training or LSD.
Feb
25
comment How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?
Don't worry too much. Your body is just getting used to the idea of doing these strange new exercises.
Feb
19
comment Defence against Wing Chun
I would imagine that a sparring session would be stopped before someone got castrated. I learned a tiny bit of Wing Chun through a guy who was very into full contact fighting and MMA. He allowed things to get rough and he was very liberal with the rules, but always knew when to stop.
Feb
19
comment Can you be immune to chokeholds?
Loading up on neck and shoulder muscle mass is a good start.
Feb
19
comment Defence against Wing Chun
That's a good strategy most of the time, but could you explain a bit more? I wasn't the one giving the downvote, mind you.
Feb
18
comment Defence against Wing Chun
I like the question. In the sense that every single martial art has inherent strengths and weaknesses and knowing about them allows for good strategy.
Feb
14
comment Training Footwork for people with knee issues
I've only ever damaged a knee during a dance class.
Feb
11
comment How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
Where do you live, by the way?