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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
16
comment Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?
They're a pain to sew, though, unless you have a fairly burly sewing machine. You may need to take the foot off for collar/seam work as well.
Aug
15
comment Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?
"Should"? Who is the arbiter? What's the context? Which MAs use politics and/or religion as part of their training? I don't understand the question.
Aug
14
comment How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
@eidylon Gathering, tracking, recalling, etc. info is a bit of a hobby, and it's at least part of what I do as a programmer. The MM interface is a gutted FreeMind, although when I'm done about the only thing left from it will be the renderer. Search is built on a variety of autocompletes (work in progress), Lucene/Solr, some clustering/similarity stuff that I'll switch to Mahout. Wiki right now is XWiki but I don't know how long that will last. Will use Alfresco for XMS. Goal is to make weaving info from disparate sources intuitive and fast, and be able to retrieve/view same in a unified way.
Aug
14
comment How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
@DaveLiepmann Our school teaches the Dan Inosanto curriculum. S/T ratio varies pretty wildly, I've had a few classes where it's just me, assistant instructors, and the head instructor. Larger classes might have a ratio closer to 1/6-1/10 depending on the class and day.
Aug
14
comment How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
@eidylon I use a variety, including Evernote, but most things end up in a fairly-heavily customized wiki with a variety of front ends that include a mind mapping interface and a very configurable search/autocomplete mechanism.
Aug
9
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
You don't want a martial arts class, you want specific training. Bodyguard, LEO-oriented suspect control courses, etc. would be substantially more useful.
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
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
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
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 :)
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.