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revised What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
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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
Jan
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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.
Jan
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Jan
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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. )
Jan
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comment Defence against Wing Chun
Yes and no. Yes, in that systems actually don't matter one bit. That's what I believe. What matters is how you train. If you train like MMA trains (anything goes, non-compliant partners), then you're going to be fine, because you'll figure out what you're missing and will go out and learn it on your own. Almost no WC group I've seen does it that way, though. They usually claim their system has everything they need and reject MMA style training. And what you're saying about the "reading" of an opponent is just one part of having a reliable training method. That alone won't give you much.
Jan
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comment Defence against Wing Chun
True, and that is why it has holes. My advice: if you only have Wing Chun, be aggressive, make the first move, quickly get right up in your opponent's face, and fire as many punches as you can. That's probably WC's best tool (offensiveness and quickly moving to the close range). Many of the Youtube videos where Wing Chun people fail show a common trend: They waited for their opponent to come and bridge with them, just like a Wing Chun training drill or something. So they were sitting ducks for hook punches and Thai kicks. Limited tool set, so bend the situation to where you can use them.
Jan
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comment What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?
Great, so show the chi moving from the sky to your head, then from your head to the ground. And publish that in a peer reviewed scientific journal and get back to me. It's not a metaphor, you say. So it must be real. If it is real, it shouldn't be hard to get your article published.
Jan
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reviewed No Action Needed What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
Jan
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reviewed Reviewed What is the application for tai chi's single whip?
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comment What is the application for tai chi's single whip?
No, that little loopy thing you do with your hand as it curls into a crane's beak? That's a chin-na technique. It's to deal with a wrist grab. You are disengaging the grab and simultaneously grabbing his wrist and extending his arm out. This can be done from the inside or the outside position. On the inside position, the follow-up palm strike is to the face (stomach-5) or neck (stomach-9). On the outside position, the follow-up palm strike is actually a standing elbow lock/break and possible throw.
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reviewed Reviewed What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?