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Jun
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answered Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
Jun
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comment Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
I discussed the spinning kicks here in depth. Does this answer your question: martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/2935/…
Jun
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comment What is the best way to avoid armlocks?
Can't tell if that was a joke or not, Juann Strauss. First, you can't actually bite fingers off. Second, against someone who knows how to put you in these things, you won't get a chance to bite at their hands or arms. Assuming you could even get to a position to bite, he'd see that and take advantage of the fact that you're now way off balance. Against untrained people, sure try anything if that's all you have. But it's better to prepare for these things by assuming you're fighting someone who knows what they're doing. My opinion. Biting isn't usually the best option.
May
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comment What is the best way to avoid armlocks?
I kind of wanted you to hold off on voting for the best answer until there was more than just my answer. It's good to see what other people come up with. But thanks for your vote. :)
May
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answered What is the best way to avoid armlocks?
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May
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comment How to deal with an “anti-violence” instinct during sparring?
You're right, but you're arguing something Val wasn't arguing. Val's point was that sparring felt like a different situation than a real-life defense situation. That, in real-life, Val would internalize it differently. Val would use force against a real threat, but doesn't feel like the anxiety about causing harm would get in the way like it does in class. In class, Val's life is not really being threatened. That's the distinction. Probably in real life, this anxiety of Val's would still occur. It's just that in real life, Val can justify using force and be okay about it.
May
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comment How to deal with an “anti-violence” instinct during sparring?
Both Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu can be competitive. They have tournaments. And some (not most) of those schools require wins in competition in order for rank advancement. That's all I meant by saying you should ask about that. Those schools are aggressively sport-focused. You probably want a less sport and more fundamentals/defense-focused school to begin with, one that lets you compete if you want, or not... Judo is focused very heavily on throws, less on mat-work. BJJ is focused on mat-work (wrestling), less on throws, and is generally a bit more practical. Start Googling. ;)
May
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comment How to deal with an “anti-violence” instinct during sparring?
There are differences in the types of injuries between grappling and striking based styles, yes. Striking based styles have more muscle pulls, nose breaks, bloody noses, finger breaks, arm breaks, concussions, broken ribs, tooth and jaw injuries, eye injuries, and bruising. Whereas grappling styles have a lot more ankle sprains, toe sprains (from sticking into the mat), finger tip sprains (from grabbing the gi), spine and neck injuries, rashes, scrapes, and knee, elbow, and shoulder injuries. But injuries are much more frequent in striking styles.
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May
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comment How to deal with an “anti-violence” instinct during sparring?
Hey, thanks for the kind notes. The statistics show that grappling based styles like judo are far less injury prone than striking based ones. Wushu is awesome, but make sure to get with a gymnastics instructor to help you with your aerials, somersaults, back flips, butterfly twists, etc. Those can be tricky and tend to be very injury prone and hard on the joints. At the very least, find a gymnastics school which has "open gym" times that let you use their foam pit and other safety equipment, usually for just $5-$10 per hour. Usually there's someone there that will spot and guide you, also.
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Apr
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comment As a beginner, how many classe(s) a week to take?
Short and to the point! I was about to say the same thing.
Apr
18
comment What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
In my experience, it's the opposite. Many of the Aikidoka I've met have been more hot-headed and egotistical than BJJ and MMA guys, or pretty much any martial art style I've seen. To this day, I have not figured out why that is. But this is anecdotal. We don't have any way of determining which style imparts bad intentions on the student. I will say, though, that it doesn't really matter what others do with an art. It's what you do that matters. If you go into any martial art and come out thinking you're invincible, you might end up looking for trouble. BJJ/MMA/etc. are very humbling styles.
Apr
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comment What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
Yeah, I don't really see a difference between self-defense and fighting in the practical sense. I guess you're making a distinction between doing as little as you need to in order to escape (as in "self-defense"), and going all the way to beating someone (as in "fighting"). I think you won't be able to escape without knowing how to fight, period. You might get lucky, but it's not reliable. Whereas, guys that learn styles that prepare them for fighting are able to escape these real-world situations much more reliably.
Apr
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comment What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
Well if you're fine with what Aikido teaches, no problem. Keep doing it. That you believe you're just doing "self-defense" and not actually learning how to fight tells me you haven't really thought about what it means to be in a real life confrontation. Most important is being familiar and comfortable with each range of fighting: free fighting, clinch, and ground. Maybe add stick and knife training to the mix also. Otherwise you're going to freeze up or make terrible mistakes the moment you're in a situation you don't recognize and haven't trained to deal with.
Apr
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comment What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
Also just wanted to note that yes, kung-fu and karate also do a lot with the wrist grab. You can see it in kata. The fist chambered at the hip? That's a wrist grab. So in karate and kung-fu, you're doing a lot of grabbing (either his wrist or the end of his sleeve), and pulling it back to your hip with your left hand while striking with the right hand. This is usually to unbalance and throw while simultaneously striking. Fun to think about, but it's not something you'll encounter for real. It's only done as a defense. And karate/kung-fu people rarely even know about it.