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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.
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.