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Oct
30
comment Style vs instructor
Ah, at age 16 you are in your prime. No joke. This is your time to work hard and go far. As for paying for classes and yet being forced to just teach and never learn (if that's what you're doing), then that is a raw deal. Black belts do a lot of assistant instructing. It's part of your training to learn how to lead a class. But, that should not be the only thing you're doing. You need to keep making progress yourself. It's give and take. When it's just take, you need to re-negotiate with the instructor. Sit down in private and talk about it with her.
Oct
29
answered Style vs instructor
Oct
28
comment Purpose of exchange block in toigye form
Nothing in a form is just "getting you in position" for something. There's a good reason for everything you see. You'll figure it out once you understand kata bunkai and classical jujitsu. Forms represent answers to common, universal self-defense situations. It's mostly jujitsu techniques. There are no blocks, generally (blocking is taught in sparring, not in solo forms). And in general, when you're analyzing a form for self-defense, you will see that a move usually only has one or two possible explanations, but you need to understand jujitsu first before you can see that. In my opinion.
Oct
27
comment Purpose of exchange block in toigye form
What a simple question, but the answer would honestly take pages and pages to explain. I might post an answer if I get the time. In the meanwhile, please research something called, "kata bunkai". Yes, it's Okinawan karate, not Taekwondo, but as it turns out, Okinawan karate is the grandfather of Taekwondo (Shotokan karate is its father). There's not a lot of good bunkai-like analysis going on in Taekwondo circles, in my opinion, and so it is recommended that you look at Okinawan karate kata bunkai instead. But even then, you'll need to understand something about classical jujitsu. Deep!
Oct
27
comment Only one ankle weight when kicking
I could answer this question, but I'd rather not encourage anyone to use ankle weights. They almost always cause knee damage over time and should be avoided, even when running. There's no benefit to using them, also. If the goal is to increase the force and speed of your kick, ankle weights won't do that. The force that ankle weights apply is downward, not resisting the kick in the direction the kick is actually going, which is what you need. You're far better off working on strength training instead. Please ditch the ankle weights. You will be sorry later on if you don't.
Oct
23
answered Which will results in more brain damage, being a heavy weight or lightweight boxer? Thought question
Oct
22
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Oct
21
revised How do I make sure students refer to me by my title during class
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Oct
19
answered How do I make sure students refer to me by my title during class
Oct
19
comment How to learn these movements?
@TonyD That is not tricking on that video, though. That's Taekwondo done with a little flash for demonstration. The "flash" that they do doesn't even scratch the surface of the kind of flash you see in tricking. That video shows pretty much all orthodox TKD kicks, with some entertaining setups such as stepping on someone who's crouched down and using them as a step to jump off of to get more air. Not in the same league as what they do in tricking.
Oct
19
comment How to learn these movements?
That's true about the mechanics you described, if they don't already come from a contemporary wushu background before coming into tricking. And the tricking people recognize it and seem to admire it and want to do it the way wushu does it, but they just don't have the right instruction for that. As for it being an aerobic workout, it is to some people but isn't to others. To many people, tricking is martial arts done to an extreme. It's why there aren't a lot of women in it, but you'll see women in gymnastics and wushu all the time. Tricking has the martial vibe to it still, generally.
Oct
18
comment Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?
Good answer. If schools have a particular policy or etiquette rules in place about this, then you should follow those rules. Otherwise, socializing outside of class is not only expected but encouraged. That is often what draws people to learn martial arts - making new friends and socializing. I would just add one thing: Be careful that your relationship doesn't affect how you behave in class. In class, you behave as if you two are just students. Cordial. No PDA. Don't argue. Don't bring your outside emotions into class. If you can't do that, then don't get involved with someone there.
Oct
18
comment How to learn these movements?
This is tricking, not wushu. Wushu does have most or all of the individual techniques demonstrated in this video, but just not done the way they do them. Taekwondo is pretty far removed from tricking, but contemporary Wushu isn't. Barbell cleans and working on power strength training is good and can help in all sorts of ways, but the most direct way of training to do tricking is to find a gymnastics gym which teaches it and sign up for classes. Or find a contemporary (modern) wushu school and train there.
Oct
18
comment How to learn these movements?
Yes, it's tricking. But I wouldn't say it's not martial arts. The material is from martial arts, but done in a way that's all its own art and no longer solely for the purpose of martial arts. Contemporary wushu is similar in that respect also, yet it's still thought of as martial arts. And I think many contemporary wushu people go into tricking and vice-versa. There's a lot of overlap, and it's hard to say tricking doesn't have anything to do with martial arts. It certainly does, but that's not its primary focus.
Oct
16
comment Developing arm strength and stamina for boxing. Dumbbells or wrist weights?
You either hang a punching bag from the ceiling or set up a free-standing frame. There are do-it-yourself plans for both on the web. There are also stands you can get already made, but they tend to be wobbly, so check them out before you buy. Hanging from the ceiling means you need to find a support beam, and maybe even reinforce it. Personally, I'd opt for the stand first before hanging from a ceiling if it's in my home (due to the inherent abuse your ceiling will take).
Oct
15
comment Developing arm strength and stamina for boxing. Dumbbells or wrist weights?
The good thing about Olympic lifts is that they're very time efficient. One lift can work the entire body. Do 3-5 sets of 4 reps each, 2-3 times a week. Or look into Jim Wendler's "5/3/1 Program". It's designed to be time efficient and no-nonsense / very simple to understand and do. Buy your own equipment instead of going to a gym to save even more time (don't have to drive anywhere). Basic equipment: Olympic barbell, olympic weight plates, barbell collars (Lock-Jaws). Optional but very good to have: bench, squat rack, dumbbell set, dip handles, dip strap, lifting gloves, weight belt.
Oct
15
comment Developing arm strength and stamina for boxing. Dumbbells or wrist weights?
I am strongly against attaching wrist or even upper-arm weights. Don't do it. There are better ways to train that don't involve potentially screwing up your joints. The better way to increase muscle strength is through weightlifting with free weights. If you need to weight your body down, do so around the torso only. Wear a weighted backpack or attach a bungee cord to your waist using a dip belt or something (the other end of the cord attached to the wall or something). Especially do not attach weights to your wrists or ankles. That will blow your elbows, knees, shoulders, and hips.
Oct
15
comment Developing arm strength and stamina for boxing. Dumbbells or wrist weights?
Yes, people please do not use wrist weights or attempt to punch with dumbbells. That's just going to totally wreck your elbows, to the point where you need major surgery and might not ever be able to do a lot of things you take for granted. Bad bad idea... And Dave is 100% right about weights. Couldn't find anything about this answer that I disagree with.
Oct
14
reviewed No Action Needed How to defend yourself when you are outclassed?
Oct
14
reviewed No Action Needed Tips for faster recovery after training