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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


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.
Sep
17
comment What are the origins of “tricking”?
It would help to summarize and paraphrase parts of the article and post that here.
Sep
14
comment Octagonal vs round shaped staff weapons
Interesting. I would think that a staff would have been traditionally round seeing that sticks and trees naturally grow in that shape. It would seem easier to smooth out the roundness of the staff rather unless the octagonal shape had a different purpose or meaning within a style.
Aug
17
comment What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?
Good point. I had never thought of that. Do you know why the Northern Chinese were more likely to be armed though over the Southern Chinese?
Aug
16
comment Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?
Religion and philosophy are some of the main influences in the development and history of martial arts. You don't have to subscribe to them if you don't want to, but you can't just absolutely and completely ignore those aspects if you are training in one of those particular arts.
Aug
16
comment Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?
I wonder if you could take the dogi to an experienced tailor and explain to them what you need. Those kinds of people would probably be able to pull something off for you.
Aug
16
comment Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?
@DaveNewton I'm confused too. I was thinking just general politics and religion conversations for chit-chat. The subject is way too broad. I don't think question is very constructive (or related to martial arts per the scope in the faq) as it is currently.
Aug
12
comment Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?
Could you paste and quote the information from that site and use the link as a reference?
Aug
9
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
Is there a specific type of fighting you're asking about? MMA? Random street fights?
Aug
7
comment What exactly is Kalaripayattu?
I'm not sure I understand what efficacy you are seeking. It's still a very broad question as it is. You're enumerating criteria for comparison, but I don't see the reason why you want this comparison. I'm guessing it is the application of such techniques and forms, but is it for sparring, fitness, self-defense, or something else? You should edit your question and add narrow down those elements. If you're asking for a plain comparison, that's fine.
Aug
4
comment What exactly is Kalaripayattu?
Effective for what exactly?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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