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Jul
17
comment Can Karate/Hand Chops be lethal?
Compound fractures generally imply risk of infection which can interfere with healing, but in a healthy population, mortality should be low. More interesting are things like penetration of the subclavial artery etc.
Jun
20
comment Good sources on using sticks for grappling/locks?
It's a nice classical reference work, but I think it's far from what the current state-of-the-art is in this area.
Jun
19
comment Endurance vs. Technique in Boxing
AFAICR, many martial arts specifically do involve more than (insert incapacitating element here) the opponent(s). In many of those cases, it's because actual combat demands more than technique: it deeply involves the mind and the ability to remain calm during said confrontation. Regarding the appeal to authority for the blanket statement: there are a bunch of authorities who would disagree that all martial arts are solely about incapacitating opponents. I don't really believe that kind of attitude is the best way to settle disputes.
May
30
comment Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?
Personally I find the purpose to be self-evident and a tautology: you do break falls to learn how to break falls. Not sure how it isn't obvious.
May
30
comment what is the real history and purpose of silat in a fight?
@TheWudangKid I've never heard the "chambering" theory, and it doesn't seem like it'd do anything but rob some energy. I'll ask my teachers, though.
May
4
comment The (hidden?) meaning of “Karate is life”
I think they had more experience. Anything can be a "way of life". Any art, or endeavor, that requires full integration of mind and body can have the same effects.
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.