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Software engineer, martial artist, dragon boat paddler, and hobbyist photographer.

Pro tempore moderator for the Physical Fitness and Martial Arts Stack Exchange sites.

Twitter: @NahcTtam


Aug
2
comment Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?
Be aware that asking for shopping recommendations can be problematic: price, locale, budget, etc.
Jul
31
revised How is the scoring determined in Judo for the Olympics?
edited tags
Jul
31
comment Proper diet for preparing for a tournament
More specificity is better than asking a general and broad question. Is this something inherent to martial arts (or a particular one)? The way it is currently asked makes it sound like the Physical Fitness Stack Exchange would be a better outlet for this type of question.
Jul
26
revised How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?
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Jul
26
comment How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?
Why should someone not train for martial arts or flexibility if that person can't deadlift or squat? What effect do deadlifts and squats have on obtaining a full split?
Jul
26
revised Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?
I believe that the word "kihon" should be "kotodama"
Jul
26
comment How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?
The close votes regard duplicate questions, not answers. Fundamentally the exercises to achieve the flexibility would have some overlap, but this question at the moment doesn't have the same context as kicking like the other does.
Jul
26
revised Are martial arts suitable for a busy, IT professional?
made question title a little more specific
Jul
25
comment Are martial arts suitable for a busy, IT professional?
I would definitely do something like tai chi if you want something to calm yourself without the physical or mental stress of doing something more demanding. Different people may like or prefer different things for stress relief. Martial arts can bring peace to the self, but that may take time and lots of training. It could also depend on the culture and environment where you study. Sometimes though you have to go out there and discover those things for yourself.
Jul
25
revised How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?
wording and tags
Jul
25
comment Are martial arts suitable for a busy, IT professional?
@indrock You could try looking at online directories for local business listings. If there's a chamber of commerce in your area, the martial arts school might be registered with them as a business. You could also try phone books, friends, see if any universities offer courses, and so on and go from there.
Jul
25
revised Are martial arts suitable for a busy, IT professional?
minor format, adding comment to question
Jul
24
revised Can a Judo athlete compete in more than one weight class in the Olympics?
removed chattiness
Jul
24
comment Can a Judo athlete compete in more than one weight class in the Olympics?
@DaveLiepmann It might be, but I'm okay with it here since it relates to martial arts competition. I don't think a special case needs to be made just for the Olympics.
Jul
24
revised How do I practice judo throws on my own without a partner?
rewrote title to remove polling
Jul
18
comment Can a Judo athlete compete in more than one weight class in the Olympics?
Wikipedia does say something! See my answer below. You just didn't look hard enough. :P
Jul
18
answered Can a Judo athlete compete in more than one weight class in the Olympics?
Jul
18
revised AiKiDo - is there a good translation for all the terms?
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Jul
17
comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
@WayneInML The question is just presuming straight grappling to grappling.
Jul
13
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?