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Jun
17
comment Pivoting for a kick
Just another anecdote to serve as further illustration: I have been dancing Tango a lot, recently, and had to get back to pivoting on the ball of the foot (for elegance). This showed me once again that a) it's harder, b) puts constraints on your footwear and the ground (dancing in the street, which we do, vs in the ballroom requires specially prepared footwear) and c) mostly makes a difference for looks.
Feb
25
comment Exercises to improve balance when kicking
I second slow-motion practice, not only for kicks, but for just about anything that involves balance.
Feb
21
comment Pivoting for a kick
Also, if you are on asphalt, wearing shoes, this will be even harder.
Feb
8
comment How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
"being struck does not hurt quite so bad as we imagine it to hurt" - I would argue that the greater problem is to underestimate the potential damage you take, and thus engage in a fight too easily. My Kung Fu teacher, in each and every sparring class, reminds us very vividly of the dangers involved in fights. With martial arts training and male hormones, fear is the much smaller problem.