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May
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comment Preventing jammed toe during judo randori
my coach never "showed" us any proper way to step/move ... and I'm 100% sure I've never had to practice arching my toes ... Maybe its something in the "natural" position of your toes ... but at this point check for specialized help. ( some doctors specialized in foot, I just cant remember the names )
May
7
comment Mouthguards and judo
in all of my years doing competitions, I've never hurt myself ( or hurt one of my partener/oponnent ) at their mouth/ teeth ... or if I did, I was minor enough I dont remember it, so its not commun.
Mar
31
comment Is 16 too late of an age to start hapkido or judo?
As for competitions : its not too late either, its actually a good age. You wont dominate junior years, but consider my case : I started at 5 years old, by 16 I was my country's champion and training 6 days a week, and by 20 I was burned out when I realized I still had 6 or 7 solid years of training ahead of me before the olympics ... so yea, 15 means you can have up to 10 years of training and you'll still be in your "prime" for the olympics or world championship (if such is your goal ).
Mar
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awarded  Revival
Jan
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Dec
17
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
and if you think titles and high level competitions can be won because you've learn a a "secret" half-a-beat faster combo punch, i'll teach you one myself. right here on this forum. Take your favorite combo of punch. Use it. ALOT. eady day you train. for months. even if it doesnt work. than, the day you face your partners in a competition ... SCREW IT UP. fake the 2nd punch. or do it faster. so fast that you dont even try to hit him. You'll hit the guy doing this. Thats the "Surprise" and pavlov conditionning effect. and he'll say after: "OMG you were holding a back a secret move ! "
Dec
17
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
And i've done one of those "trick throws" in my career, trying to surprise my opponent. it was in the final of the Pan-Am cup. Which was the highest level of competition someone at my age could do. And I was disqualified for trying that trick throw, because it was judged too dangerous for my opponent. So I've lost my gold medal in the most important competition of my career (at that point) because I tried a "secret" move.
Dec
17
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
I've studied in a japanese dojo, and there is no "family" concept over there. Younger Students will leave school for the national training center in all Olympic sports. And of COURSE they hold back refinements to new techniques. Why would the coach try to teach you a variation if you cant even do the basic combo correctly ... and no, doing 1 "secret combo punch" isnt going to makes you win. There are a couple of "trick throws" in judo, they arent teached and practiced at all ... because they ARE TRICKS. You dont win high level competitions with tricks.
Dec
16
answered How to deal with unfair judges
Dec
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Dec
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answered Martial art without exam and secrets
Dec
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Oct
15
comment How to defend yourself when you are outclassed?
This sounds more like a brother quarrel than other situation ... I dont remember where I heard this phrase, but it have been a kind of spiritual guide for me .... "In real life, its not the other guy who decide when he won, its you who decide when you have lost." Which bring my question : to which extremities are you willing to bring this ? Sometimes admitting defeat IS the wiser choice ...
Oct
8
comment Tips for faster recovery after training
quick tip for morning stiffness : exercices yourself in the morning. it hurts like hell at the start, but you wont feel stiff the rest of the day
Aug
28
comment How can I become a good training partner
There is also the danger of injury due to vast strenght difference. if the guy isnt 100% confident he'll be able to do his techniques without controling the amount of strenght he puts into it, its better he dont practice with you at all , instead of hurting you. (happens to me when I was younger, around 19, I badly hurt a female judoka I was sparring with because I didnt realize I was getting much stronger.)
Aug
13
comment What is the biggest force ever produced by an impact from the human body?
I've remember seeing a promotionnal video back in the days about mike tyson and I remember it saying that his punch were registered to have the same impact as a horse's kick ... go no idea if it was true or not. According to wikipedia, he was rated 16 in the "strongest puncher in history" ... so you can probably go look for who was #1 and it'll give you a cue about what look for.
Aug
11
comment Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?
Aye, it is a very good answer. I just didnt bother to read it all, since I wasnt OP.
Aug
8
comment Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?
way too much text for me ... but +1 for nice color diagram !
Aug
6
comment Teaching ukemi to children
Your idea in learning to fall was how we did it at start. we also played a challenge game like this : put 1 ball (or yourself, or 1 small kid on his knees, head on the ground, hand over his head ), have kids roll over it/him. if they touch the ball/kid, they are out. when everyone is done, put a 2nd ball/kid next to it. have the surviver roll over, etc.