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Feb
16
comment What benefits (if any) are there when listening to music while practicing? And does it depend on the style?
Suggest editing the question to "What benefits, if any, does listening to music while training offer?"
Feb
11
comment What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing?
Thanks for this, David. I'd never filmed a class before, but I asked permission and have shot two classes since reading your suggestion. It's making a big difference in my own practise and I'd recommend it to everyone.
Feb
6
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
@Guy Thanks! (Aside: do you train in Dewsbury, by any chance? I'm a former student of David's. Hope all's well!)
Feb
3
comment Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction
+1 for repeated exposure and "redirect rather than inhibit natural responses".
Feb
1
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
Ryan is asking which arts focus on practical personal protection. As I outline in my answer below, there are ways to evaluate individual schools for this. I think that the question and answers below are interesting and likely to be helpful for future visitors.
Feb
1
comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
Thanks, David. I've revised my question to offer a definition of an "adept" martial artist. I'm interested in non-martial studies into training and "handedness" as well. Thanks for the Hapkido data point too; I've heard the expression about "two arms and two legs", but feel the "one excellent arm is better than two average ones" argument is equally compelling, hence me probing for scientific studies that demonstrate how one or other method of study shapes development in students over time.
Feb
1
comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
@WilliamMioch That's interesting, thanks. Almost all of the instructors of the weapons systems I've trained in advocate practising on one side only, at least until you are very proficient on that side. But practitioners of empty handed systems seem less willing to agree; I've heard so many different arguments for and against two-side training that I was hoping someone could offer something more concrete than their opinion.