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Feb
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answered What is the best point-scoring technique?
Feb
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comment What style to do?
I recommend looking around. Literally open the phone book and see what's available near you. Go to those schools. See their classes. Talk with the instructors. Kung-fu styles might be interesting to you after karate, to see where karate came from and to compare and contrast. After that, or instead of that, maybe something like Gracie Jiujitsu. It all depends on what strikes your fancy. (pun intended)
Feb
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comment Is Spin Hook Kick A Defensive or Offensive Kick?
Here's a perfect example of what I'm talking about (re: wait until he starts doing something before you spin)... 38.media.tumblr.com/c5ca32a8015170e8239c0e0deb705d55/…
Feb
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comment What style to do?
These sorts of questions are the type to get a wide range of opinions for answers. You should ask a more specific question. Think about what you're asking for. Some people who train in a primarily kicking and punching style prefer to stick to those kinds of arts, wanting to deepen their knowledge. Others want to broaden their knowledge by doing something completely different, such as a grappling style. If you have no idea if you should care about going deeper or broader (which one?), then that is your question. So please clarify.
Jan
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comment What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
I've been making revisions over the past couple of days to my answer. It's worth a re-read, especially for the final paragraphs. FYI.
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comment What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
Ah thanks for the correction. I always knew it as Tomiki Aikido, like it was a style in and of itself. Guess not.
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answered What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
Jan
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comment Close quarter's defense: when you stand face to face with an attacker
I'm not advocating a preventive strike, just describing it along with the other 2 choices. It's good to go over all possible choices and let the individual figure out when to apply them best, in my opinion. And yes, the legal aspects of self-defense are rarely discussed in martial arts classes, and that's just downright negligent. After all, there's an instructor telling people to do this or that, and the students should know that stomping on someone's skull after they're unconscious, for example, may result in jail time. There might be better things to do, in other words.
Jan
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comment Is Spin Hook Kick A Defensive or Offensive Kick?
It can be used either offensively or defensively. Just remember that the timing of this kick is the most important thing. Start spinning just when you see your opponent start to do something. That way it causes him to have to abort what he's doing and react to something you're doing. (Good advice in general as far as timing goes.) This is called "attacking on a half-beat" (instead of letting him do something, then you do something, and so on in "full beats"). Also, you're probably a beginner? Don't worry, it will all make sense in time. Practice, practice, practice. And think about combos.
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answered Close quarter's defense: when you stand face to face with an attacker
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comment What is the application for tai chi's single whip?
Yeah, I'll see what I can do later on today. I learned that application from a direct student of Chen Qingzhou, fyi. I think it's the only one that really makes any sense martially speaking.
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comment JKD spin kick vs. Taekwondo spin kick
Very true. Any technique can work. Just depends on the situation. Doesn't change my general recommendation. Train high percentage stuff first and foremost. Get great at it. The low percentage stuff can come later. And practice a back-up plan when things go wrong. Eventually those low percentage techniques can be pulled off so reliably that they become someone's most useful technique. (Percentages are just averages and can be used as a guide, but each person is unique. )