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Jul
30
awarded  Enlightened
Jul
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
5
comment Are Aikido movies on the internet helpful for beginners?
@RobinAshe Of course--but the question here is about studying different styles at the same time. IMO if you're studying a specific style, studying a closely-related style at the same time can cause issues because in classes for the given style you should follow the principles of that style, particularly until rather advanced. Stances are relative to body type by definition anyway; my point is that when in TKD class, do what your TKD instructor tells you to. Internalizing a closely-related style simultaneously is difficult, unless you're already fairly advanced overall.
Jun
11
comment Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?
@dmckee Yep, a lot of stuff has a very similar "feel" even if there are differences of various magnitudes. I like those moments :)
Jun
11
answered Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?
Jun
11
comment Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?
Silat, taiji, kali/arnis have essentially identical moves--there's nothing unusual about taking the opponent's head to the "third point of the triangle", IMO. Unless you're talking about a different irimi nage; do you have a video reference?
Jun
10
comment What glasses can I wear for martial arts training?
@dmckee Good points. My training is almost completely non-sport, though--hopefully nothing will last long enough for me to discover if the other guy has tells ;)
Jun
10
answered What glasses can I wear for martial arts training?
Jun
10
comment Was Goju-ryu developed specifically for use by the Japanese navy?
I've definitely never heard that. That some of its early history includes a Crane-style gong fu would seem in direct contradiction, too. There are some Chinese arts that were specifically optimized for close-quarters combat, but I'm not aware of anything similar on the Japanese side. (This in no way means there haven't been, though.)
Jun
10
comment Was Goju-ryu developed specifically for use by the Japanese navy?
I've never heard that said about goju ryu.
Jun
9
comment Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
@slugster Gotcha. Yeah, I'm not sure-I've seen CF take some crazy impact abuse, but it's so dependent on how it's laid up, the epoxy, etc. Even if it did work, way easier (and cheaper!) to use something like PP anyway.
Jun
9
comment Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
@slugster That's why I said it would be too light and you'd want to use a core.
Jun
6
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Jun
6
answered Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
Jun
6
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jun
6
awarded  Critic
Jun
6
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Trevoke I'll survive either way ;) Accepting an answer means it was the best answer for you--and sometimes we don't know precisely what we're asking until we start exploring answers outside of our knowledge base. This happens on stackoverflow all the time. My personal view is that all the upvotes and accepts mean less than nudging someone in a direction they might not have gone otherwise :)
Jun
6
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Trevoke My latest set is just a cheap beginner's kit; any local hobby shop, chain or not, should have something for maybe $10-20 and have enough tip shapes to get you started. It worked great for me, anyway :)
Jun
5
answered Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
Jun
5
answered Do martial arts instructors also seek fitness instruction certifications?