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Experimental nuclear and particle physicist. These days I'm teaching, but I've spent a lot of time on nucleon structure in fixed target electron scattering and neutrino oscillations using reactors and beam sources.


Jun
11
comment What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
This kind of question is hopeless wrapped up in the idea that guys lined up in colored belts and gis are doing something that is different in type from three dirty people in loin cloths (or less) trading techniques in a meadow or on the beach. I just don't see it: the difference is one only of degree.
Jun
10
comment What glasses can I wear for martial arts training?
Me too. I find that even with very poor eyesight I can see gross body movements just fine without my glasses or contacts, but if your opponent has tells in his or her facial expressions you may miss them without corrective lenses. I try to train both ways (with and without lenses) to maximize my learning but also train for the possible situation of having to fight without lenses.
Jun
5
comment When should I run away?
"Tell them you're going to reach for your dupe wallet" Er...I presume you meant "tell them your getting your wallet and reach for the duplicate". Good advice.
May
26
comment What time requirement and certification does one need to become a Krav Maga instructor?
Roughly the same way you become an instructor in any other system: keep studying until you are given partial responsibility for the training of others and accumulate enough experience in that task to be ready to handle students on your own, no?
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
"Any strengthening "gym" type work will basically be about isolation of muscle groups" Uhm..."functional training" and related regimes are not at all like that.
May
16
comment How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
Having done mostly external styles I have rarely achieved no-mind in sparring...but ah!...when it happens it is a beautiful thing. I have got to back into regular workouts soon.
May
15
comment Sliding the Feet in Contact With the Ground
It is very important to practice those indoor--barefoot skills in various footwear on various terrain. Not surprisingly you have to re-learn the skills. The interesting bit as far as I'm concerned is that I think it improved by in-the-dojo footwork.
May
7
comment How to cover all of the material? Especially in small classes
A little bit of each for me. I plan to hit four of five broad areas in the next month or so, and announce this in advance. Then I go with the flow at each lesson.
May
7
comment How to cover all of the material? Especially in small classes
Not really an answer, but...there is a sense in which the difficulties of small classes argue in favor of relatively frequent ranking exams. That way you can hand the student a syllabus for the test and they have an opportunity to say "Uh...do I know this stuff?". Then you can fix the deficiencies in your recent coverage.
Mar
17
comment What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system?
Who do you think is entitled to define "legitimate"? For that matter who do think should keep a registry, and what do you believe would be a good set of qualifying requirements? Do you have a particular reason to believe that the skills you learned are not useful (note that this is a very different thing than having a long history)?
Mar
13
comment AiKiDo - is there a good translation for all the terms?
Japanese is a very orderly language and the is considerable redundancy in the descriptive vocabulary, so in time the effort of adding a new term will go down.
Feb
23
comment Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
Some aikido derivatives have put them back in. Yoseikan Budo does some kicking, though I find that you have to be fast to kick aikido people and get away with it. As one of the answers suggests: better for disruption than big guns.
Feb
21
comment Pivoting for a kick
@HannoFietz: Yup. Doing a little training on various surfaces and in various footwear can be a very enlightening experience. Though if you train in a traditional dojo system then your street versions should be less flamboyant in any case.
Feb
19
comment How helpful is it to film yourself during training and analyze videos after training?
Hate? You only "hate" looking at yourself? Lucky man.
Feb
19
comment How helpful is it to film yourself during training and analyze videos after training?
Until you've tried this in some kind of physical performance sport (my first exposure was in springboard diving) you can't realize how useful a tool it can be. But I've only done it a little in martial arts, and don't want to make too strong a claim. Why don't you try it?
Feb
19
comment Should I train differently to spar guys who are bigger than me?
The body kick strategy was the main way I scored against substantially bigger opponents during the short time I practiced at a Tae Kwon Do club that did WTF sparring, and you can get an advantage out of your shorter stature in this by directing your kicks a bit upward to unroot your opponent. You'll need to be fairly well committed and you will want to work on your front kick and side kick mechanics to maximize your hitting power and speed of development, but it can be done.
Feb
14
comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
I will defer to your knowledge on that, but allow me to find those...uhm...unappealing.
Feb
11
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
I know a guy who worked his way through college and his teaching certificate by bouncing. His formal system was aikido but he really did his own thing...very slick. Now he teaches primary school. He was very big on technique that scaled well...get the position and just keep adding force until the guy decided it was time to walk. He wasn't a big fan of the "hit them hard" theory of bouncing. I never did that so I have no opinion.
Feb
10
comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
The history of guns in Japan (which were indeed introduced by the Portuguese in the 16th century, became dominate on the battle field and later almost completely disappeared) is a fascinating story told in the book Giving Up the Gun: Japan's Reversion to the Sword, 1543-1879 by Noel Perrin. The book has been out of print at times, but amazon seem to have some.