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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


Jan
29
comment What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
There are some points to take away here, and a big one is to look into why and how rape happens. It's not something martial arts can necessarily prevent in situations where rape may occur. I'd be careful about how to set up something to "prevent rape" because that starts trudging upon victim blame.
Jan
22
comment An Ontology of Combat
I wonder if other language-related Stack Exchange sites (maybe Linguistics or English) would be a better place to answer this.
Jan
18
comment Designs for a Board Breaker / Board Holder?
Can you quote and repost some of the information here to prevent link rot? I'm sure there are some people who would appreciate the knowledge but not necessarily want to click through a bunch of links whereas this question here would serve the purpose of presenting such information.
Jan
16
comment How can I continue to train with a broken big toe?
What kind of training were you doing before you were injured? What is the competition and why do you need to attend and perform? I certainly would not recommend someone to do that especially in that short of a timeframe, nor would I do something like that myself and potentially cause further strain or injury.
Dec
27
comment How to get rid of fear of fighting
@John Please edit and update your question accordingly and add that information.
Dec
18
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
Can you summarize the content from the link or quote relevant parts from it and use the link as a source? This will help prevent link rot in cases where the link will disappear or if its content changes.
Dec
11
comment How do I treat my leg after a painful thigh kick?
You should go see a doctor. I don't think anyone here should be trying to diagnose and treat your injured leg on this site.
Dec
3
comment Finding my center (hara / t'an t'ien)
40+ hours in what timeframe?
Nov
29
comment What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?
I'm not sure what your issue is, but I don't see anything wrong either about Dave's edit.
Nov
23
comment How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
@Wudang Master Yoda...?
Nov
19
comment What rate should I be learning tai chi and qi gong?
(a continuation of the previous comment converted from an answer) ... that is why I found a forum to ask these questions. I really appreciate your taking the time and your imput. I will try to have more patience. The class is only once a week.
Nov
19
comment Cutting weight fast
@DaveLiepmann I see your point. I'll reopen it. The question could use some work though.
Nov
3
comment Background about Butthan Martial art
The question is quite broad and overly general. Can you try to narrow it down some more?
Oct
22
comment Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?
Welcome @minimatt! Please have a look at our faq to get a better idea of what this site is and how it works. Sources or research of some kind would be extremely beneficial and make this a better answer. Don't just give the "what" but also provide a how/why behind your answer.
Oct
16
comment Ju-jutsu vs Jiu-jitsu?
Questions about tags should be brought up on the Martial Arts Meta. Incidentally, you may also want to look at this answer from a previous discussion.
Oct
2
comment What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
Calm down, guys...
Oct
2
comment What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
I was actually asking more about the legwork rather than what the arms are doing. The picture there was just something I wanted to use to supplement my description.
Oct
1
comment What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
@Ho-ShengHsiao Feel free to edit it if you think the question could be written more clearly.
Oct
1
comment For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?
Tai chi is not restricted to older people. Older people may find it easier to do tai chi than other martial arts. I'm only in my late twenties but I have been doing tai chi for at least five years now, and it has certainly helped my kung fu in terms of grounding myself and focusing my energy as well as my leg, back, and core strength. It is not necessarily inferior to other martial arts when it comes to self-defense because the movements you learn do have applicability, but the distinction is that tai chi is about redirecting internal energy (being "soft" instead of hard direct impact).
Sep
20
comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
Good points although the asker isn't particularly interested in internal martial arts.