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Huge Star Wars fan since the first movie came out when I was 9. Been into Chinese kung-fu for over 30 years, read over 100 books on Chinese Gung0-fu, medicine, health, chi-gung, meditation, nutrition and other natural health sources.

Read about 90+ books from the extended Star Wars universe, including all of the novels from all of the movies. Many of the books I've read over 20 times each, along with numerous source books from the role playing games, technical books, computer video games, online blogs and much more.


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answered Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use
Dec
29
awarded  Editor
Dec
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revised How to learn Muy Thai or to fight really well by myself?
Grammar and clarity
Dec
29
answered How to learn Muy Thai or to fight really well by myself?
Dec
29
answered Taekwondo and muscle imbalance
Dec
29
answered How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
Dec
27
comment Is it better to start out with a light weapon?
@ Psyberion - My pleasure, all the best in your new endeavor.
Dec
27
comment Is it better to start out with a light weapon?
There have been exceptions in the past when in China for example during times of great crisis, masters would train a student with a regular weapon, even heavy ones like the Guan-do or the battle tai chi swords which could only be wielded with two hands. But this ran the risk of increasing injuries so most masters did not train a student in that fashion. The old masters also had special herbal knowledge that could greatly speed healing and increase strength to some degree, so again, that allowed them to break the rules at times. For modern times, slower & lighter is highly advisable
Dec
27
answered Is it better to start out with a light weapon?
Dec
26
answered Is weight training useful in martial arts?
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answered What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
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awarded  Supporter
Dec
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comment Exercises to improve balance when kicking
@BobCross - I don't understand the confusion. I was simply responding to your comment on going on the balls of the feet to increase balance, which sacrifices stability, rooting and power and makes one far easier to sweep while decreasing power because because without a strong root, when you hit the target you will be knocked OFF balance, not on it. The less surface area in contact with the floor lowers the coefficient of friction which means you will be moved, not the target. My entire comment was all related to the fact that going on the balls is not a good idea for various reasons mentioned
Dec
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answered Exercises to improve balance when kicking
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comment Exercises to improve balance when kicking
In gung-fu, we greatly avoid going on the ball of the foot because you are also far more vulnerable to leg sweeps, have a far weaker root of the standing leg which is critical for power & kicking recovery. Going on the ball of the foot is one reason many people simply slip and fall when executing any kind of a high kick and thus you have almost no power, because power comes from your strong connection to the ground, which is lost when going up on the toe. This is another reason why we use strong solid stances & keep the foot flat to maximize balance, movement and rooting.
Dec
18
comment What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?
Northerners ate more grains and meat due to the cold, so that is believed to be part of why they were generally taller than their southern counterparts. The height difference, with their longer legs and arms, affected the difference in how they fought, such as northerners using more kicks, more extended kicks and longer strikes. The Long Fist style is one example of a northern style being created to take advantage of the longer limbs of northerners, in this case, their longer arms. Southerners ate a more vegetable based diet which often doesn't add as much bulk or size, including height.
Dec
18
answered Are roundhouse kicks prevalent in traditional kung fu systems?
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answered What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?
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awarded  Teacher
Nov
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answered Yang tai chi breathing (when to inhale/exhale)