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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


Jul
5
comment What Kung Fu styles originated from Southern Shaolin?
Does this question have a narrow and limited enough of a scope to produce a reasonably definitive and authoritative answer? The purpose of asking and answering questions on Stack Exchange is for specific questions, but I see this one as being too large to answer. We should not be trying to emulate general-purpose information listings like Wikipedia. Those questions on SO are old ones and have historical significance behind their existence.
Jul
3
comment Was the Southern Shaolin Temple real and if so which location is valid?
I suggest narrowing your question down to a specific one. You are asking for a lot of information in this question.
Apr
14
comment Conflict escalation management resources
But can you give reason why someone should read those books?
Apr
14
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
Rafal, please do not post multiple answers unless each one is fundamentally different. If you have something to add or edit, please update your other answers or respond to others in comments. The Q&A model of Stack Exchange is not a discussion forum.
Apr
11
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
One or two downvotes do not represent a majority of people here, only one the one or two who casted the votes. Likewise, people can also upvote your answer. In the future, you can edit your own answer and add on to it if you have something to add rather than post multiple answers. This site is not forum so I suggest starting with the faq and the about page to get a better idea of what the site is and how it works.
Apr
4
comment Best headphones for use during training?
First of all, this question is highly subject and not constructive for Stack Exchange. You'll end up with varying answers across the board, each one with their own pros and cons and opinions. Second, unless headphones are integral and a direct part of a martial arts system and its physical training, this question is off topic for this site.
Feb
20
comment What is the best way to determine board-breaking ability?
Guys, chill out...
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?