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Mar
24
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.
Mar
24
answered What are the chances of breaking my nose if I take up a Judo class?
Mar
24
answered Why did Kano focus on grappling?
Mar
21
answered Risk of using headlocks in a real-life situation
Mar
21
comment Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?
I just added the requested links as an update. See above.
Mar
21
revised Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?
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Mar
20
comment Risk of using headlocks in a real-life situation
Which headlock? Choking or non-choking? There's the side headlock, the front-facing guillotine, the standing rear-naked choke, the Thai clinch, the half-nelson, the full-nelson, the arm triangle, the D'arce choke, the two-handed lapel choke from the front, the neck crank, etc.
Mar
20
answered Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?
Mar
19
answered What Brazilian Jiu Jitsu belt ranking at age 16 after 11 yrs experience?
Mar
13
comment Where can I find statistics on attack modalities?
Except that most people don't have a vast amount of experience with actual self-defense situations to be able to even know what is common and what is not. Police officers hear many first hand accounts of how people were attacked when they're taking down witness statements. That's why law enforcement personnel generally are much more reliable than your average Joe. And that's where most of these statistics come from. Aside from that security camera videos are making their way to the web, and you can peruse some of the fights they show on youtube.
Mar
11
comment Where can I find statistics on attack modalities?
I agree with the idea that one should be generalized in their self-defense training, so that they can be able to handle a broad range of attacks. But I think it is also important to recognize that some attacks are much more common, and to make absolutely sure you're able to handle those kinds of attacks. I don't think anyone suggests only training to handle the top 3 or 4 fight modalities.
Mar
9
answered Which is the best way for learning Wing Chun?
Mar
6
answered How to avoid recoiling when someone pushes you?
Mar
2
comment What can I do to stretch my legs out further?
I've also read Stretching Scientifically. I too recommend it. I grew up learning Taekwondo, and that was where I became very flexible in my leg span. I know that I can get my stretch back fairly quickly if I'm out of training for years. The same is not true for people who are not naturally flexible. For them, small gains over time. And stick with exercises that don't injure you. Read up. And do what Dave says: you need a stretching program. All else fails, see a sports doctor or physical therapist to figure out what's going on biomechanically. Your teacher isn't trained in that stuff.
Feb
19
answered Defence against Wing Chun
Feb
17
comment Rising Block or High Block stylistic question
(continued) ... it's an indication that the left hand is grabbing at something and pulling it to chamber at the left hip. Otherwise, why chamber? What's going on there? You also should look at the next movements in the form. There's a throw there, by the way (the 270 degree turn and down block). That throw uses the position you got yourself into from the rising block application previous to that. It's not just a throw, it's a leg sweep at the same time. Think Tai-Otoshi Nage from Judo.
Feb
17
comment Rising Block or High Block stylistic question
One other thing. The rising block as an elbow break... No, elbows actually don't "break". But you can really hurt someone this way by hyperextending the elbow. Look at how the rising block is done. The right rising block first crosses under and to the outside of the leading left hand. Then it rises in front of the left hand and comes upwards diagonally to the right. Why? If it is a strike to the jaw or the neck, why waste time crossing it with the left hand? Answer is that it does not make sense for that strike to make that cross. And since your left hand is typically open in the form...
Feb
17
comment Rising Block or High Block stylistic question
The reason you know your interpretation is at least practical is that you study the form and find a reason for why the form has that particular sequence of movements that it does. This is a very deep topic, and it's called "kata bunkai". You'll need to research that and understand it before being able to support any hypothesis about what a technique in a form is doing. And the bottom line is that if someone comes up with a better explanation, you use that one instead. I offered one possible explanation. It may not be "the correct one". But I believe my method of figuring this out is good.
Feb
14
comment Rising Block or High Block stylistic question
Glad you liked it! Yes, the hammer fist to the face I've heard many times before. It's one step up from the "blocking a punch" explanation. Also, I've heard fore-arm shove to the underside of the jaw or neck. It seems semi-plausible that you could do either of those things. But you have to look at how it's being set up in the form (the moves right before and after it). And you have to ask how this makes sense within a self-defense scenario. If you're just seeing that move alone without any context, then you're missing out on higher levels of understanding.
Feb
11
answered Rising Block or High Block stylistic question