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comment Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?
"due to your training you may not remember the exact sequence of actions that took place and the exact force you may have hit with - you are trained to react without conscious thought which makes remembering really hard" - in my experience it's more the opposite - real life altercations have been over quickly and I typically remember them blow for blow afterwards, with a lot of the subtle positional, conversation (if any), timing, distancing, footwork, even my own thinking and decision making at various stages of the conflict. I could reenact them accurately - unlike dojo/tournament kumite.
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answered Best martial art for a late bloomer
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comment Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?
@OscarMcPherson: things differ school to school, but e.g. in my first school: knock on the master's office door when he didn't seem busy (not soon before class), say there's a matter you're wondering about and you'd appreciate his letting you know what's expected of you. Then explain there's a girl from [high?] school you like and wanted to ask out, but she's training at the dojo too now. You understand there are potential issues - which you would of course try to manage and minimise - but would appreciate his clarifying the school's expectations. Something like that. (We were very formal!)
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answered How do I make sure students refer to me by my title during class
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comment How to learn these movements?
"Taekwondo is pretty far removed from tricking" - ummm - there is this... :-/
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comment How to learn these movements?
@SteveWeigand it's about as strongly related to martial arts as Billy Blanks Tae Bo workout... nothing wrong with either if you want acrobatics or a aerobic workout respectively... though for a martial artist to also do Tae Bo would probably be less destructive to their technique than practicing tricking: with Tae Bo you could actually continue to do technique properly if you've the energy, speed and discipline, but the aims of tricking distort the posture, balance, timing, footwork and "flow" of martial arts, undoubtedly developing disruptive habits.
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comment how realistic is martial arts portrayed in the movie Old Boy?
@cameron: regarding the arm bar - if the guy who had kicked had kicked around knee height he'd have been well placed to smash his right forearm into Oh Dae-Su's throat or head... having just kicked, he definitely wasn't in a position to do a "flying" movement like that, and there's no need... done correctly those techniques "coat hanger" an opponent even without much backswing, and being grounded helps.
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answered Is it allowed in Muay Thai to throw a cartwheel kick with your standing leg when the other is held?
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comment how realistic is martial arts portrayed in the movie Old Boy?
@cameron "if they were all trained" - several of them hit him from behind - they wasted the chance to tackle, enclosing his arms and taking him to his knees, head tucked out of reach should he attempt a backwards headbutt, giving the others ample time to apply a choke or finishing strikes. At 0:43 a guy kicks too high allowing his leg to be caught, with hands down unable to defend against the hammer - a good fighter would have kicked just above the knee and had an arm bar or punch ready too. At 0:45 he's hit in the back; a better opponent could strike decisively to his head. On and on....
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comment how realistic is martial arts portrayed in the movie Old Boy?
The 2003 South Korean movie or Spike Lee's remake?
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comment Best to learn for self defense: Wrestling, Boxing, or Jui Jitsu
Some good further details there - would be better to copy them into your answer then delete the comments. I trained at one of Erle's seminars a long time ago - what I was most impressed by was one of his students - an extremely skinny lady in her late 40s who could really hit pretty hard with a palm thrust - enough to down a man if done to the chin or nose - excellent mechanics.
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comment What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?
"side kick with the heel vs the blade of the foot" - the difference in ITF is in the direction of hip rotation, not merely cosmetic.
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comment What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?
Taekwondo has no connection to taekkyeon - that was all a lie so Choi could claim it wasn't purely bastardised karate. You might want to read "A Killing Art" - akillingart.com
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comment What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?
"ITF is the original style of taekwondo." - taekwondo predates the ITF/WTF divide, had no "sine wave" until the 1980s, and there are many other subtle and not-so-subtle changes made in ITF and almost every other school.
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answered What are the benefits of learning weapons?