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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
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
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.