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Apr
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comment How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?
As you are turning your head, shoulders, and waist, you will pivot on the ball of your left foot while picking up your right foot off the ground. When your head turns all the way around, you will stop your turning your head so that you can focus right on the target. That's why you turn your head first, so that you can quickly refocus on the target. This must be fast so that you don't temporarily turn your back on your opponent and blind yourself to whatever he is doing... Now, your left foot will pivot only 180 degrees. You will drop the heel of your left foot down when it is (continued...)
Apr
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comment How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?
In order to spin, try breaking the movement down into parts. First, get into a left leg forward back stance. Next, shift all of your weight forward, right above the ball of your left foot. Raise up slightly on the ball of your left foot (lift up your left heel off the ground about a centimeter). Next, turn your head clockwise. Right after you start to turn your head, begin to turn your shoulders clockwise. Right after you start to turn your shoulders, turn your waist clockwise. So head first, then shoulders, then waist. (continued...)
Apr
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Apr
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comment How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?
Agreed, Sean. That's exactly why it happened. I know a lot of Taekwondo schools that only teach for sport competition. Half of those places don't even teach forms any more. There's a big difference when you look at Taekwondo students who come from more traditional schools that don't train for sport competition as their primary goal. I trained at a traditional ITF school. We wouldn't even let the point count in sparring if it meant being off-balance and falling. It would be judged as an "unclean technique" and ignored.
Apr
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answered Falling leaf ukemi
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answered How does one train for a spinning reverse kick?
Apr
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comment What are the long term consequences of practicing judo?
Yes, choking is "probably" okay for most people and won't significantly damage the brain. It usually works by lowering blood pressure and causing the guy to pass out. But two problems arise from this. The first is that the decreased blood pressure may last a long time without intervention, so you need to work quickly to bring the guy back to consciousness. And secondly, you can dislodge arterial plaque which travels to the brain to cause a stroke. There are some martial arts which forbid practicing chokes on people over the age of 30 or 40 due to the increased risk of stroke.
Apr
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comment What is the name of this bo?
I think they meant that the bands were around the circumference of the staff, not parallel with the length of the staff. Bands do that. They wrap around the circumference, not the length. Where they talked about the length of the bo, they meant that the bands were repeated down the length of the staff. Not that each "band" was actually a stripe that went all the way down one length and back up the other side. That wouldn't hold the staff very well, and it would be a lot heavier than banding. But who's to say without a picture?
Apr
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answered What is the name of this bo?
Apr
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comment Karate - Hangetsu (Seisan) - can one damage one's muscles through slow movements?
I heard that in Goju-ryu, a style of karate that emphasizes dynamic tension, many of the art's masters have died earlier than those in other styles which do not practice dynamic tension. This is just a rumor in so far as I can't substantiate it with hard evidence. I wish I had the data or the time to investigate it. It would make for a great paper.
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comment What are the long term consequences of practicing judo?
Oh, that's a good correction, Dave. I had been misinformed about morote-gari. Kani Basami was definitely banned for being unsafe. But not morote-gari. It seems there is a lot of discussion about why morote-gari was banned, and I don't think it's entirely clear to everyone why. That might be why I had heard it was banned for landing people on the neck/head. That's at least plausible. The truth is apparently that Judo wants to remain "pure" to its art by disallowing grabs below the belt, or something like that. Weird to me, but I guess it makes sense to judo high dans.
Apr
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answered What are the long term consequences of practicing judo?
Mar
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answered What do I need to watch out for when dealing with shorter opponents?
Mar
24
comment Why did Kano focus on grappling?
Sorta. Gracie JJ first teaches defense against strikes by using grappling as part of its official curriculum. Later on, Gracie JJ students learn "self defense" techniques, which includes training in punching, kicking, and other things you won't see in sport-based BJJ. It's not done in a separate "MMA" class, either. It's part of the regular program.
Mar
24
comment What are the chances of breaking my nose if I take up a Judo class?
Yeah, that sounds reasonable. I recall seeing some statistics once regarding this. It was an attempt to quantify injury rates at martial arts schools based on self-reporting during a poll. I totally forget where that went to. But I also got the impression that it wasn't very scientific or reliable. They also concluded striking-based arts were much worse for injuries. I definitely remember that.
Mar
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comment What are the chances of breaking my nose if I take up a Judo class?
Yes, perhaps. But I based my opinion on intensity. National level competition would mean higher intensity, faster speed, more force, and stronger competitive drive. All of those combine to increase risk greatly. In my Judo school, like I said, you had to repeat your newly learned throws for at least a thousand times before being allowed to do it in randori. And randori wasn't even allowed until about 6th kyu (orange/green belt) anyway. It gives people the control they need to be able to do it safely. It seemed to work well for our school anyway.