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Jun
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comment Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
Agree about wrenching the spine and limitations on movement. But this is mostly alleviated by doing a hybrid of both (as I described in my response), which most martial arts actually do. It might be demonstrated with knee and toes pointing down, but people end up twisting outwards a bit at the end and opening up the hip a bit at the end. This allows more flexibility in the back and hip, more power, stability, and almost feels like a side kick at the end. It doesn't wrench the back. And there advantages over the side kick (not as telegraphed, quicker setup for opponents behind you, etc.).
Jun
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comment Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
Yeah, that video shows a tendency to open the hip sooner than arts like Shotokan would do it. Both Shotokan and that branch of TKD practice it like a back kick to begin with and finishing like a back kick and side kick hybrid. It's for mechanical reasons, to keep balance, and to see your opponent. "Pure" back kicks are more rare in martial arts for those reasons. But TKD practitioners generally show a tendency to open up their hips earlier, due to the habit of using the side kick (one of their favorite kicks) and the muscle memory from side kicks.
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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
9
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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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
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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.