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Dec
23
comment which ITF taekwondo organisation has most members
You should read up on the schism that took place between Jeff Bolt and Anthony Goh when there was a similar legality question for the USA Wushu Kung-fu Association. That happened in the mid-90's. Those that followed the letter of the law broke off to form a new president for the organization. The old president (Anthony Goh) cried foul and claimed himself to be legitimate head. To this day, Anthony Goh is president, and the splinter group has called it quits. Lesson: It's hard to splinter off and succeed, even if you're legally correct. Friendships and connections matter the most.
Dec
22
comment does judo come to the power without judoga
True, Judo training would give you a pretty good idea of how to control or throw someone without a gi. To bridge the gap in your knowledge, however, you should train without a gi. Test it out. See what works and what doesn't. That's very useful knowledge that would eliminate the extra time you spend fumbling around with your grip trying to figure it out in real life. My opinion. Not sure if it's "necessary", but it would definitely help prepare you.
Dec
22
comment which ITF taekwondo organisation has most members
I wasn't even aware of the schism that took place in 2002 until you mentioned it. It's been a long time since I trained in ITF. Well, that's sad to hear. I think the official ITF organization is the one managed under the original ITF board, which would be Chang Ung's ITF. It would probably have the most members just because they inherited the whole thing. But I know of no official member counts for any of the 3 organizations.
Dec
18
comment Wing Chun or Southern Praying Mantis?
By the way, I also had to make a choice between Southern Praying Mantis and Wing Chun. I chose Wing Chun. SPM is internal, and Wing Chun is not (though some might argue it can be). SPM takes much more time to learn than WC. And I found SPM's strategy too dependent on pressure point strikes and the phoenix-eye fist (index finger's 2nd knuckle sticking out). I questioned SPM's practicality. Very unique style, though, SPM is. Grandmaster Henry Poo Yee, when I discussed it with him in person, said SPM and WC are like sister arts and have a lot in common, but that SPM was complete and WC wasn't.
Dec
16
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
Actually, some martial arts do hold back certain new skills as well as refinements to existing techniques. It's not just a matter of not showing dangerous stuff until they're ready. It's often done to keep a business monopoly within the family. Only family members will be taught it and won't be allowed to show it to others. Granted, the stuff isn't going to give them super powers, but it might give them enough that they can generally beat their best students. Stuff like timing a punch combo so that you're half a beat faster. You can learn it elsewhere, though, if you look.
Dec
15
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
Let me give you an example of a bad teacher, though. I knew of a wing-chun teacher who only taught single hand chi-sao. When students asked about two hand chi-sao drills, they were told they had to wait until they were advanced enough. Normally, Wing Chun students very quickly move on to two hand chi-sao drills. But this teacher was milking his students for money, dragging out their instruction for years. According to some of his ex-students, he only taught the last remaining chi-sao drills to his top 3 students, who probably paid him a lot for the privilege.
Dec
15
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
JohnP, this is not necessarily due to a character flaw in the teacher. Sometimes they hold back instruction because their teacher gave them an order to only teach those techniques to a handful of "worthy" students (whatever that means). It's just part of the tradition. But usually these secret techniques don't really give the student any advantage over others. They're mostly just the stuff that's considered "too dangerous", so they restrict it to those students who aren't going to cause problems for the school.
Nov
19
comment Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?
Yup. Maybe the original poster did not mean that the only choices had to be something like karate, or maybe he'll reconsider. Aikido seems like a perfect alternative to me.
Nov
19
comment Are there any styles that are geared to people over 61?
Oh hey, I didn't consider Aikido. But yes, that certainly qualifies as an art that goes out of its way to end conflicts non-violently. Yes, there's a lot of opportunity within Aikido to hurt someone, but every Aikido school I've been to is about control and doing the least harm. Anyway, the author of the question indicated he was primarily interested in karate or something like karate. Aikido definitely does not qualify. But maybe the author would reconsider it.
Nov
17
comment Aikido yonkyo grip
+1 for the comment that adrenalin will nullify it in real life. It's true. Pinpoint accuracy and fine motor skills will not happen in real life. In fact, trying to grab a flailing hand in real life doesn't generally go very well. It only seems to work in training and when you're semi-comfortable trying things with friends spontaneously. I thought long and hard about how best to apply Aikido technique. My feeling is that the element of surprise is absolutely vital to ensuring it "works". You can't let on what you're doing. They shouldn't even notice you going for their hand/wrist. My opinion.
Nov
12
comment Frequent ribcage injuries, is this normal?
Chiropractors aren't trained in PT, generally (unless they're actually licensed PT's). Though, they often try to treat their patients with some pseudo-PT they believe they're qualified to do. See a qualified PT for PT, not a chiropractor. As for chiropractic practice (the bone stuff), that's bogus also. That clicking you hear is the same thing that happens when you crack your knuckles. It's placebo. It makes you think something is happening. It's not. The alignment of the spine or joints does not change after chiropractic manipulation. If it did, you should be very worried.
Oct
30
comment Style vs instructor
Ah, at age 16 you are in your prime. No joke. This is your time to work hard and go far. As for paying for classes and yet being forced to just teach and never learn (if that's what you're doing), then that is a raw deal. Black belts do a lot of assistant instructing. It's part of your training to learn how to lead a class. But, that should not be the only thing you're doing. You need to keep making progress yourself. It's give and take. When it's just take, you need to re-negotiate with the instructor. Sit down in private and talk about it with her.
Oct
28
comment Purpose of exchange block in toigye form
Nothing in a form is just "getting you in position" for something. There's a good reason for everything you see. You'll figure it out once you understand kata bunkai and classical jujitsu. Forms represent answers to common, universal self-defense situations. It's mostly jujitsu techniques. There are no blocks, generally (blocking is taught in sparring, not in solo forms). And in general, when you're analyzing a form for self-defense, you will see that a move usually only has one or two possible explanations, but you need to understand jujitsu first before you can see that. In my opinion.
Oct
27
comment Purpose of exchange block in toigye form
What a simple question, but the answer would honestly take pages and pages to explain. I might post an answer if I get the time. In the meanwhile, please research something called, "kata bunkai". Yes, it's Okinawan karate, not Taekwondo, but as it turns out, Okinawan karate is the grandfather of Taekwondo (Shotokan karate is its father). There's not a lot of good bunkai-like analysis going on in Taekwondo circles, in my opinion, and so it is recommended that you look at Okinawan karate kata bunkai instead. But even then, you'll need to understand something about classical jujitsu. Deep!
Oct
27
comment Only one ankle weight when kicking
I could answer this question, but I'd rather not encourage anyone to use ankle weights. They almost always cause knee damage over time and should be avoided, even when running. There's no benefit to using them, also. If the goal is to increase the force and speed of your kick, ankle weights won't do that. The force that ankle weights apply is downward, not resisting the kick in the direction the kick is actually going, which is what you need. You're far better off working on strength training instead. Please ditch the ankle weights. You will be sorry later on if you don't.
Oct
19
comment How to learn these movements?
@TonyD That is not tricking on that video, though. That's Taekwondo done with a little flash for demonstration. The "flash" that they do doesn't even scratch the surface of the kind of flash you see in tricking. That video shows pretty much all orthodox TKD kicks, with some entertaining setups such as stepping on someone who's crouched down and using them as a step to jump off of to get more air. Not in the same league as what they do in tricking.
Oct
19
comment How to learn these movements?
That's true about the mechanics you described, if they don't already come from a contemporary wushu background before coming into tricking. And the tricking people recognize it and seem to admire it and want to do it the way wushu does it, but they just don't have the right instruction for that. As for it being an aerobic workout, it is to some people but isn't to others. To many people, tricking is martial arts done to an extreme. It's why there aren't a lot of women in it, but you'll see women in gymnastics and wushu all the time. Tricking has the martial vibe to it still, generally.
Oct
18
comment Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?
Good answer. If schools have a particular policy or etiquette rules in place about this, then you should follow those rules. Otherwise, socializing outside of class is not only expected but encouraged. That is often what draws people to learn martial arts - making new friends and socializing. I would just add one thing: Be careful that your relationship doesn't affect how you behave in class. In class, you behave as if you two are just students. Cordial. No PDA. Don't argue. Don't bring your outside emotions into class. If you can't do that, then don't get involved with someone there.
Oct
18
comment How to learn these movements?
This is tricking, not wushu. Wushu does have most or all of the individual techniques demonstrated in this video, but just not done the way they do them. Taekwondo is pretty far removed from tricking, but contemporary Wushu isn't. Barbell cleans and working on power strength training is good and can help in all sorts of ways, but the most direct way of training to do tricking is to find a gymnastics gym which teaches it and sign up for classes. Or find a contemporary (modern) wushu school and train there.
Oct
18
comment How to learn these movements?
Yes, it's tricking. But I wouldn't say it's not martial arts. The material is from martial arts, but done in a way that's all its own art and no longer solely for the purpose of martial arts. Contemporary wushu is similar in that respect also, yet it's still thought of as martial arts. And I think many contemporary wushu people go into tricking and vice-versa. There's a lot of overlap, and it's hard to say tricking doesn't have anything to do with martial arts. It certainly does, but that's not its primary focus.