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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
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Jun
6
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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?
May
31
comment Are Aikido movies on the internet helpful for beginners?
@Ashley Those are different arts, not different styles of the same art. Perhaps I could have been more clear. IMO mixing closely-related styles can cause issues. I'm a strong proponent of studying different arts; my current primary school teaches JKD, silat, kali/escrima, grappling, boxing, etc.
May
31
comment How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?
I think icing first, which IMO is more for reducing blood flow hence swelling (which can cause additional damage), then heating later (24-48 hrs) is about the best you can do. The more it's used the more blood circulates--this could help healing, but also prolong bruising--depends. I try to keep things moving, though.
May
31
comment What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?
@BillyTheWind Also, any given style is likely to have only one or possibly a few associations. They exist so there is a common, unified source of answers to questions like this. Otherwise anybody could go around calling themselves a teacher of style XYX. You may not like that this is how things have gone, but in general, it is. There are also plenty of unaffiliated schools (my gong fu school, for example) but a ranking or belt conferred by an unaffiliated school will carry little weight outside of that school.
May
31
comment What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?
@BillyTheWind Whether or not you think it makes sense doesn't matter to the associations: each determines how they confer rank and status. They may do it the same, they may do it different, but they're the ones who make the rules they follow, and they're the ones best equipped to explain those rules to you.
May
30
comment What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?
@BillyTheWind It's the "governing body" of a KM school; essentially all KM schools are part of a KM association. (Many, many other martial arts schools are as well.) The association determines how one becomes an instructor that represents that association. Only each association can give you specifics on how to become an instructor for that association.
May
30
comment What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?
@BillyTheWind (a) No, country has little to do with it, ranking and instructorship has to do with the association. (b) There is only association-specific replies, and to get that, you should be talking to the association, because they're the ones that confer instructorship--this should be obvious. (c) That is the "general, objective" reply, because how to go about doing that depends on the association.
May
30
comment How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?
@DaveLiepmann (a) Equally poor, (b) not really--we're not able to answer those types of questions in a general way, if we're being honest. It depends on the student, the teacher, the school, the classes, the time, the focus, etc.
May
30
comment What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?
@BillyTheWind I didn't downvote, but I imagine because (a) lack of specificity, (b) trivially answerable by talking to someone involved in whatever KM association you're asking about, and (c) ultimately it's obvious--"get good, get certified".
May
30
comment Self defense with one hand tied behind back?
There's an entire African-styled form called "shackled hands" that's essentially for applications while handcuffed. You could also distract an opponent by throwing your severed hand at them.
May
30
answered Are Aikido movies on the internet helpful for beginners?