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Sep
19
answered What is Jason Bourne's fighting style called
Sep
19
comment To what extent do (should) judo and BJJ overlap?
Both schools sound like they are teaching only part of their arts. That's not a value judgement, different people focus on different things. Personally I'm more surprised a Judo school wouldn't deal with grappling, since chokes and locks are a pretty major part of judo, while in my experience BJJ is less focused on much throwing/etc beyond trips and sweeps. Please note that's my experience only.
Sep
19
awarded  Supporter
Mar
8
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
@DaveLiepmann My hojo undo book shows some tossing and catching exercises, IIRC-I'd have to double-check though.
Jan
31
awarded  Yearling
Nov
20
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
@Sardathrion Yes, we have, and we're not particularly good at it. Most peoples' awareness of where they are in space is poor at best. And here in New Jersey, the people that tend to get in to fights tend towards top-heavy. Also, bodies in fights tend to flail, most of that flailing occurs on the top half, providing energy well above both COG and COM, further making it even worse. -1 all ya' want, but we suck at staying upright in fights.
Oct
1
comment How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?
Yep. And I don't like the analogy. I hope that will be okay.
Oct
1
comment How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?
none of which means he would win an analogy competition.
Sep
18
comment What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing?
I use various home-brew, art-specific notations. I can get away with some similar notations for gross movements, but everything else is so specialized, and so personal, I'm not convinced a "universal" language would be doable.
Sep
12
answered Octagonal vs round shaped staff weapons
Sep
12
comment Octagonal vs round shaped staff weapons
@MatBanik Obviously that depends on what you consider the "radius" or "diameter" of an octagon. Normally the "radius" of a regular polyhedron is measured from its center to any of its vertices (circumradius), implying an octagonal weapon would have less wood than a round one.
Sep
12
comment What are the origins of “tricking”?
I don't see how it's anything other than the natural evolution of jumping and spinning techniques, which have been around for ages. On a related side note, somebody tried a jumpy thing on me once; I put my hand on their chest while they were in the air and helped them to the ground--it was quite funny, and I looked like a superhero.
Sep
12
comment How do I improve my jumping technique for jumping maneuvers?
Plyometrics is... are? one of the best ways to improve jumping. I don't really see how you're specifically train "jumps for martial arts", although if you're specifically talking about spinning jump techniques, you'd probably want to incorporate that into the plyometrics. That said, watch out; I trained with a woman who broke her own spine doing a spinning technique :( (No paralysis or anything.)
Sep
5
comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
@RobinAshe It's a mix of everything, not always clear which comes from what. Some of it is definitely silat, some is definitely BJJ, some is Filipino. In terms of percentages, anything I guess would probably be wildly incorrect.
Sep
5
comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
@KeithNicholas The FMAs I practice includes a lot of ground work, but that's obviously style-dependent. Plus much of it is Inosanto or Canete, which isn't typical. Agreed, though, mixing it up is almost always more effective.
Aug
30
answered What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
Aug
29
comment Are martial arts suitable for a busy, IT professional?
Will it suit your lifestyle? No clue. How much time will it take? To accomplish what? Will MA bring you "peace of mind"? No clue--so might many other things.
Aug
18
comment If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?
Depends on the gong fu school; both of mine are pretty traditional in terms of what they teach, but my normal "SD is not MA" disclaimer applies just the same :/ Some wrestling teams will still let you on the team w/o comp prep, but they're all different..
Aug
18
comment Are martial arts practice weapons regulated?
Knife laws can depend on the city, too. Blade size matters. "Purpose" of knife matters, e.g., walking around with a karambit may be viewed differently than a wooden-handled Schrade. Wave-style openers matter.
Aug
18
answered If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?