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Dec
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comment which ITF taekwondo organisation has most members
You should read up on the schism that took place between Jeff Bolt and Anthony Goh when there was a similar legality question for the USA Wushu Kung-fu Association. That happened in the mid-90's. Those that followed the letter of the law broke off to form a new president for the organization. The old president (Anthony Goh) cried foul and claimed himself to be legitimate head. To this day, Anthony Goh is president, and the splinter group has called it quits. Lesson: It's hard to splinter off and succeed, even if you're legally correct. Friendships and connections matter the most.
Dec
22
comment does judo come to the power without judoga
True, Judo training would give you a pretty good idea of how to control or throw someone without a gi. To bridge the gap in your knowledge, however, you should train without a gi. Test it out. See what works and what doesn't. That's very useful knowledge that would eliminate the extra time you spend fumbling around with your grip trying to figure it out in real life. My opinion. Not sure if it's "necessary", but it would definitely help prepare you.
Dec
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comment which ITF taekwondo organisation has most members
I wasn't even aware of the schism that took place in 2002 until you mentioned it. It's been a long time since I trained in ITF. Well, that's sad to hear. I think the official ITF organization is the one managed under the original ITF board, which would be Chang Ung's ITF. It would probably have the most members just because they inherited the whole thing. But I know of no official member counts for any of the 3 organizations.
Dec
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answered What are the advantage of wearing a rashguard under the Gi in BJJ?
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comment Martial art without exam and secrets
Actually, some martial arts do hold back certain new skills as well as refinements to existing techniques. It's not just a matter of not showing dangerous stuff until they're ready. It's often done to keep a business monopoly within the family. Only family members will be taught it and won't be allowed to show it to others. Granted, the stuff isn't going to give them super powers, but it might give them enough that they can generally beat their best students. Stuff like timing a punch combo so that you're half a beat faster. You can learn it elsewhere, though, if you look.
Dec
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comment Martial art without exam and secrets
Let me give you an example of a bad teacher, though. I knew of a wing-chun teacher who only taught single hand chi-sao. When students asked about two hand chi-sao drills, they were told they had to wait until they were advanced enough. Normally, Wing Chun students very quickly move on to two hand chi-sao drills. But this teacher was milking his students for money, dragging out their instruction for years. According to some of his ex-students, he only taught the last remaining chi-sao drills to his top 3 students, who probably paid him a lot for the privilege.
Dec
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comment Martial art without exam and secrets
JohnP, this is not necessarily due to a character flaw in the teacher. Sometimes they hold back instruction because their teacher gave them an order to only teach those techniques to a handful of "worthy" students (whatever that means). It's just part of the tradition. But usually these secret techniques don't really give the student any advantage over others. They're mostly just the stuff that's considered "too dangerous", so they restrict it to those students who aren't going to cause problems for the school.
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answered Martial art without exam and secrets
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revised Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?
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revised Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?
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answered Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?
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comment Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?
Yup. Maybe the original poster did not mean that the only choices had to be something like karate, or maybe he'll reconsider. Aikido seems like a perfect alternative to me.
Nov
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comment Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?
Oh hey, I didn't consider Aikido. But yes, that certainly qualifies as an art that goes out of its way to end conflicts non-violently. Yes, there's a lot of opportunity within Aikido to hurt someone, but every Aikido school I've been to is about control and doing the least harm. Anyway, the author of the question indicated he was primarily interested in karate or something like karate. Aikido definitely does not qualify. But maybe the author would reconsider it.
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answered Training martial arts in china
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answered Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?
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comment Aikido yonkyo grip
+1 for the comment that adrenalin will nullify it in real life. It's true. Pinpoint accuracy and fine motor skills will not happen in real life. In fact, trying to grab a flailing hand in real life doesn't generally go very well. It only seems to work in training and when you're semi-comfortable trying things with friends spontaneously. I thought long and hard about how best to apply Aikido technique. My feeling is that the element of surprise is absolutely vital to ensuring it "works". You can't let on what you're doing. They shouldn't even notice you going for their hand/wrist. My opinion.
Nov
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comment Frequent ribcage injuries, is this normal?
Chiropractors aren't trained in PT, generally (unless they're actually licensed PT's). Though, they often try to treat their patients with some pseudo-PT they believe they're qualified to do. See a qualified PT for PT, not a chiropractor. As for chiropractic practice (the bone stuff), that's bogus also. That clicking you hear is the same thing that happens when you crack your knuckles. It's placebo. It makes you think something is happening. It's not. The alignment of the spine or joints does not change after chiropractic manipulation. If it did, you should be very worried.
Nov
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answered Frequent ribcage injuries, is this normal?