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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
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.
Jun
22
comment What can I do to improve my squat for judo throws during randori?
I've cleaned up the wording and improved the title. In my opinion, this is much better than the original question so I'm reopening it. Feel free to make any other little changes as needed.
Jun
7
comment What are tai chi's high-percentage push hands techniques?
Good to see the extra information. Next time, consider editing your post and adding that into your answer.
Jun
7
comment Are Aikido movies on the internet helpful for beginners?
Why do you recommend that?
May
21
comment How and when martial art was originated, who originated it?
As interesting as the question is, it is too broad to be answered in its current form. I don't think you can have a really comprehensive answer here since a proper answer would be something entire books are written for. See the faq for more information.
May
17
comment Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?
Then perhaps narrow your question down to a select part of the video, list them out, name the common moves, give some description of what you're asking. We've gone through this in another question, and I've explained my reasoning extensively in a meta post (see also the comments and the chat links). If anything, we can request YouTube embedding if it would benefit the community here, but the video by itself shouldn't be the question.
May
15
comment How does Bartitsu's “foot hook with a cane” technique work?
Hope you'll stay around too!
May
15
comment history of Jujitsu?
I think a better question is why doesn't a single definitive historical resource exist. Your question leans too much on polling for various answers which doesn't fit the Q&A model of Stack Exchange.
May
15
comment how to perform a reverse punch?
That's interesting. Sounds like it's just a case of semantics here where both meanings are valid.
May
14
comment Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?
Can you expand on the particular techniques rather than linking to a video? It would help to have that descriptive text here in case that video is ever removed or if people can't access YouTube (and for whatever other reasons).
May
9
comment What are good questions to ask for a black belt testing?
Will there be other people on the panel? Have you consulted with them about it?
Apr
20
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
@Campbeln No worries. I think you asked a great question, and I'm glad to see the update. And welcome to the site!
Apr
20
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
I think you misunderstood what I was saying. I never said to rewrite it to ask for what is "best" but to remove the "what do you do in your martial art" portion. Your comment highlights what your question is - the differences and effects of weight distribution on your foot (and I would narrow this context down even more) - but all I merely was trying to get at was that the original main question you posed was in a format that doesn't fit the Stack Exchange Q&A model.
Apr
20
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
You are polling for various answers given the way your question is written which does not fit the model of Stack Exchange and would be closed as "not constructive." Please see the faq and this meta discussion for more information about this site. I suggest removing this and rewriting your question and making it a bit more specific and focused. Figure out what it is you want to know and then ask that.
Apr
8
comment Is there one traditional way of tying your belt in aikido?
Perhaps pictures and descriptive text is better then.
Apr
7
comment Is there one traditional way of tying your belt in aikido?
Can you please provide some description of the video? One-liners link-only answers don't make for very good answers. If the video disappears, then the answer becomes worthless.
Apr
6
comment Is Static Stretching Before Practice Beneficial, Harmful, or Something In-between?
Can you be more specific about what stretching you do and how? That one example alone, from personal experience, isn't enough to conclusively say whether stretching is good or bad.
Apr
5
comment What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system?
Also related and worth asking: How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
Apr
5
comment How to avoid toe injury?
Please absolutely do not cross-post on multiple sites. Right now there is a discussion on meta about narrowing down the injury scope so I could encourage to participate in it. Whatever the outcome, the question can be migrated and merged in either direction. I'm a mod on both Fitness and Martial Arts so I can take care of it on either side.
Apr
4
comment kicked in the sternum - tips on healing, time frame? any lingering danger?
Since this isn't exactly on- or off-topic at the moment per the meta discussion, I'll leave it open for now.