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Apr
17
comment What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
Yes, many forms of martial arts do the old "wrist grab" stuff. Doesn't mean it's very useful. Aikido practices it because Aikido inherits its style from classical jujitsu, from Samurai origins. In these Samurai ryu, people were taught to grab the wrist to prevent someone from drawing their sword. So in that context, wrist grab defenses were actually useful. For most modern, real-world situations, it rarely comes up. So to dwell on it and spend lots of time on it is time inefficient. There are more important things to go over.
Apr
2
comment How to avoid knee injury?
I recommend stopping all activity that causes knee pain, first. Second, head to a sports medicine doctor or physical therapist to figure out what's going on. You might have a serious knee issue. TKD can cause long-term chronic knee injury, even if you're doing right with the right form. Sorry to tell you that. Yes, weight training helps (squats in particular). But have a PT prescribe the exercises. Don't just think you can try stuff on your own. This is serious stuff. Do not go back to TKD until you've figured it out. I can't emphasize that enough.
Mar
20
comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Haha. No problem. Give it a try and see how it goes. Just make sure the ones you get have no padding. You'll actually have better luck if you look for the cheapest ones you can find. The more expensive kinds have padding and individual finger guides, etc. Those are a nice idea, but it works best when it's just a mitten (no fingers) and no padding. I also think vinyl is the best material.
Mar
20
comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Have you tried bag gloves? They're not boxing gloves. I'm talking about the kind that's really very thin, not the padded kind of bag glove. Something like this: vintagetoys.com/toys/classified/2359
Mar
16
comment How to fix velcro wrist strap on boxing gloves?
So there's no tear in the glove? It's just that the velcro has worn so much that it no longer works?
Mar
15
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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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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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19
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