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Mar
22
comment When doing a hip throw, is there a such thing as too low?
Which effort? In other words, the throwing mechanics might work better, but the effort involved in maintaining the lowered posture and the preparation to throw would likely increase.
Feb
18
comment a relaxed and calm feeling after an intense practice?
Endorphins. Not sure what the question actually is, though, since "normal" is more or less meaningless when talking about things like this.
Feb
9
comment Should I start competition or wait for green belt
Are you interested in competing? Is someone asking you to compete? Have you been advised to wait? How do you feel and think about competing? Without knowing the motivation behind the question it's difficult to provide meaningful, individualized advice.
Dec
5
comment What is Jason Bourne's fighting style called
Explanations regarding downvotes are generally appreciated. I'm not sure how you could get much more accurate than hearing it from the man's own mouth.
Nov
24
comment Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
@user1489 Not in general, no.
Oct
10
comment Drills for training agility - cross art
It's second to specific drills, but arguably more enjoyable overall.
Oct
10
comment Drills for training agility - cross art
@JohnP Plyo creates a lot of stress; people that are already jumping and leaping around already shouldn't have many problems, but you still need to progress at an appropriate pace.
Sep
30
comment Should I wear bandages?
IMO if you're currently injuring yourself the answer is obvious. If you're punching hard, protect your joints in particular, unless you're really fired up about the recovery rest you'll be forced to take.
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.
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.
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
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
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.