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Mar
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Mar
14
comment Is 16 too late of an age to start hapkido or judo?
Completely agree with this, Dave. So many people put off doing martial arts because they believe they're not in shape enough to start. I think it comes from anxiety. They think they'll be laughed at or teased. It's not true. No beginner is expected to be able to walk into a martial arts school and be particularly good at anything the first day. Or even the first year. And the type of conditioning you can do on your own often doesn't translate well into the types of physical activities you do once you're in a martial art. So don't wait. Just do it.
Mar
11
answered Pursuing Tae Kwon Do and Karate at same time
Mar
2
comment Blisters from sticks
By the way, your diagram shows blister locations exactly where I would expect them. The locations aren't the problem. Your grip isn't the problem. Your problem is just your hand hasn't gone through enough / proper conditioning to get calluses. Later you'll get calluses on all of those points, and the blisters will no longer happen.
Feb
27
answered Blisters from sticks
Feb
27
comment Do pins in judo have to be standard pins?
Yeah in our Judo club in high school (an offshoot of the British Judo Association), so long as you could hold your opponent in more or less the same position for 30 seconds (we had 30 seconds, but official rules are 25 seconds I think), it counted as a full point. It didn't even matter if you were in an official hold, so long as it was a hold. So there was a good deal of slack given to what a "pin hold" should actually look like. But that was our school. Not sure if it's the same in official olympic rules judo.
Feb
20
comment Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?
Yes. And keep in mind that modern MMA has a lot more rules than older MMA did. The relaxed rules (allowing even kicks to the groin, fish-hooking, small joint manipulation, etc.) did not give the traditional fighters any better results. Now, it is dangerous to optimize for MMA rules, since it can leave holes in your defenses when it comes to real-life self-defense. That's why a lot of MMA people also did/do a self-defense oriented style like Gracie Jiujitsu.
Feb
20
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20
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Feb
19
comment Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?
Yeah, I was going to mention Cung Le in my answer as well. Sanda / sanshou is legit. It just doesn't look anything like what we think of as "kung-fu".
Feb
19
comment Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?
A lot of times people complain about these sorts of fights. They say, "He didn't even use such-n-such martial art. This fight shouldn't be taken seriously." The answer to that is that people find out very quickly what works and what doesn't in these cases. If they're not doing something that resembles kung-fu (or aikido, or karate, or whatever), then it's probably because they realized in that very moment that none of what they know would apply in this situation. Either that, or they simply didn't have enough time to show their style, which happens a lot also.
Feb
19
comment Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?
Yes, everyone has seen Lyoto Machida. He dominated the UFC for a good amount of time. And he bases his strategy, his footwork, and most importantly his timing, on his karate background. But, he's also a BJJ black belt and has put a lot of time into training for MMA. He is pretty far from being "pure" karate, but clearly he has taken something very positive from his karate training. That's what MMA is about. It takes what you know, tests it, and if it doesn't work, you must change. More recently I've been seeing a lot of Taekwondo black belts doing well in the UFC and other MMA venues.
Feb
19
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Feb
19
answered Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?
Feb
18
comment Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?
There was Jason Delucia from the early UFC's. He's an interesting guy. He started out as a 5 Animals kung-fu stylist. A few years before his UFC 2 debut (where he was tapped out by Royce Gracie), he accepted the "Gracie Challenge" to come and fight the Gracies at their school. He lost, and so he trained there in BJJ (for over a month I think). It was the stuff he learned there that he used in UFC 2, even though he was billed as a "kung-fu fighter". By then, he had completely discarded kung-fu.
Feb
18
comment Are there any effective Kung Fu fighters in MMA?
He studied kung-fu and karate when he was 16. He's a BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie apparently. That appears to be his style. I've not seen really anything in his UFC fights that resembles kung-fu, but I could be wrong.
Feb
18
comment What is the liability issuewith personal defense classes?
Why don't you ask him to elaborate? Because it doesn't make sense. If kids can take any of the other classes, then there's no reason why they can't take all of them if they want. Unless you're saying that some of those classes are for adults only. In which case, I can understand that. You can't teach kids the same way as adults, for the most part, depending on the age of the kids. Past about age 13 or 14, they're pretty well ready to take adult classes. Age 18 might be required for knife and gun training, don't know. Insurance is another issue.
Feb
18
answered What is the liability issuewith personal defense classes?
Feb
17
comment MMA - Long Hair
I still like the idea of using swim caps. Just make sure it's a comfortable fit, then cut out a hole out at the top to make it more breathable, or make swiss-cheese holes throughout. And yes, it's a duplicate of that thread where we talked about it. Cycling skull caps may not stay on your head as well as swim caps will. Your ear protection idea is good, though, but it might get too hot for general practice. Good maybe for tournaments where you're knocking heads around? Of course the better idea is to simply tie your hair down somehow.