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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
comment How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?
@DaveLiepmann I think it's more likely (a) an objection to the word "should", and (b) there's no reasonable way to answer the question because it depends on an arbitrary number of factors.
May
28
comment What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?
@Trevoke No struggle, just mechanics.
May
28
comment What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?
IMO "uprooting" doesn't mean just "lifting" (i.e., under CoG) it means breaking the connection to root; this can come from twisting, pushing to the triangle, etc. Your own phrase "controlling the CoG" hints at precisely that--it has more to do with control of CoG than getting under it.
May
28
comment What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?
@BillyTheWind israelikrav.com/…, see the "belt or ranking system" question. Other KM orgs may do things differently.
May
28
comment What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?
@BillyTheWind "Did I try to discredit you?" I'm not sure what you mean. I believe that people that ask questions like "Can I do X in Y time" have motivations outside of what I prefer to deal with. Learning an art shouldn't be about time compression. For example, if I ran a dojo and someone asked me a question like that, I'd answer truthfully, but suggest they might be happier somewhere else.
May
24
comment What is the application for tai chi's single whip?
@DaveLiepmann The right arm is what does the initial deflection and capture. The arm break, for example, requires def. right arm to still have the attacker's right arm immobilized, otherwise there can't be a break.
May
24
comment What is the application for tai chi's single whip?
@DaveLiepmann I tried; I've never been particularly good at describing applications, though :)
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
Even traditional gyms are moving towards more "functional training" in their personal training and group classes. But the idea that soft-art practitioners never did any hard-style physical training I think is a bit off, particularly if you've read accounts of some schools having some people training specifically for combat.
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
Oh, that's interesting; I've used essentially the same stuff in Japanese training; Hojo undō.
May
18
comment How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?
@DaveLiepmann Nope, not at all. You'd probably have better luck writing directly to people involved in the US push/taiji community. I remember the first time I saw a Chen village comp I was literally agape with surprise. I also view Chen style as a bit harder than other styles--it might be interesting to track down a non-US/European comp to see what style(s) are used there.
May
18
comment How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?
@DaveLiepmann Of course it is; it's where Chen-style tai chi comes from. I assert what I asserted--I don't have much appreciation for what they're calling push. I don't know if the video is any of the ones I've seen, but one of the most discouraging things I saw was a young-ish American rolling with an elder Chen, and before any flow could even be entered, elder Chen would just disengage, and it turned into what was essentially Sumo. I have nothing against grappling; I grapple. But when I'm pushing, I want to build/test soft sensitivity. Just my opinion.
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
@DaveLiepmann Not too much--I've only done a few seminars and no real practice as such. There are some videos online; the ehow ones shows a number of different aspects.
May
18
comment How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?
I'm not impressed with the swimming analogy; tai chi combat seems a bit more subtle than not drowning.