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Jan
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answered How a woman can teach martial art for men?
Jan
4
comment Kendo techniques
"start their sword off in a position where they must draw back" - what's that got to do with "anticipating" anything? Do you mean to say they're overly "telegraphed" by the "draw back"? Keep in mind that a dynamic "draw back" is necessary in many movements in martial arts and sports to create power. This is really obvious in some motions - try hitting a golf ball if you start with the club held statically at what ought to be the top of your backswing and you'll get dramatically reduced impact. Google "plyometrics" for some of the sports science behind why a dynamic draw back helps.
Dec
15
comment What Defines Something As A Martial Art?
"I personally dont see sparring as a competition rather its a preparation, training or simulation tool in preparation for a competition." - or in a martial art, sparring and/or competitions can both be preparations for fighting. Not in the sense of a fight being necessarily foreseen, but in the sense of being prepared for the possibility....
Dec
15
comment What Defines Something As A Martial Art?
@Wigwam: given "martial" means anything "relating to fighting or war" (Oxford dictionary), and "art" means "skill at doing a specified thing, typically one acquired through practice", things like practising a military tune on your trumpet would qualify as a "martial art". Clearly the term's taken on a massively more specialised meaning independent of the component words.
Dec
13
comment What Defines Something As A Martial Art?
It's a mistake to take the English words "martial" and "art" and think you can reason about what martial arts are or aren't on that basis. As a two-word term "martial art" is the standard way in English to refer to a whole set of practices, many from other cultures and with their own terms for which the literal translations are quite different. We used "martial arts" as a crude label for many practices - we can't then try to disqualify some of those practices from the label we creates for them on the basis of the literal meaning of our label.
Dec
13
comment What Defines Something As A Martial Art?
To say "we're brained washed to believe in martial arts from the perspective of... self-defense", and that they're really about the performance of violence, is laughably wrong. Many martial arts have techniques specifically for controlling an opponent without hurting them, and many more have philosophies they take seriously about minimising violence by e.g. defending so well the attacker realises they're out-classed, or showing the ability to injure without actually doing so as a form of deterrent. Some aikido styles focus exclusively on control, teaching no techniques to initiate attacks.
Dec
10
answered How to deal with a substantially shorter opponent?
Nov
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answered Dobok absorbs sweat
Oct
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comment Any ITF Taekwon-Do Sine wave studies?
@SteveWeigand: my branch of TKD split off before WTF/ITF had split, decades before sine wave, but from occasional training I've done with ITF folks and my own reading, I gather the movement involves a lowering of the body then an upward bounce and the punch or block being timed with the descent, so it's not a plyometric upward bounce into the strike as you describe. Personally, I see two reasons for sine wave: 1) it's unarguably not karate, so Choi finally could argue he'd created something new and distinct, 2) with Shotokan hip mechanics long lost, almost anything was an improvement.
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revised Is it okay to spar without gloves?
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Sep
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answered Is it okay to spar without gloves?
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answered Will training in boxing affect my karate skills?
Jun
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comment Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
@SteveWeigand: "which most martial arts actually do" - I don't feel there's significant similarity between WTF TKD back kicks and many other arts. While the "hybrid" you describe undoubtedly adds power and safety compared to an unrotated back kick, it's dramatically less powerful than having the knee up slung around by hip rotation. Another benefit of lifting the knee more to the side is the easy switch-up for a hooking kick with the heel. Different priorities and compromises, which I feel trend strongly towards a higher knee. I expect we'll have to agree to disagree and all that. Cheers.
Jun
9
comment How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?
This March 2014 article in The Telegraph (UK) states 'The spate of “king hits”, now known as “coward punches” at the request of the victims’ families, have caused 91 deaths in Australia since 2000'. The article implies they're not from prolonged assaults. That's in a population of around 20 million. I'm not saying that's a significant risk; I'm not saying it's insignificant - just sharing some stats for perspective.
Jun
8
comment How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?
@Vae_newbis: no... spinning attacks tends to be risky, and unless you have a dramatic advantage in size, speed and experience - many spinning techniques are easily blocked, countered and/or caught. If the situation's escalated into full-on violence, I recommend taking any chances to step into an opponent's "blind side" (moving behind the line of their shoulders) - striking or tripping them then - all other things being equal - turning whichever way's natural to remain facing them (on the ground): you'll tend to get a bit of a look around as that happens.
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answered Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
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answered How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?
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