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Feb
14
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
You should add these last things in your answer, as it would make it more complete and acceptable.
Feb
14
comment Official Term/Good Reference for Hapkido Advanced Basics
A shot in the dark: have you asked to your teacher(s) if there was a korean name for it? They may call it "advanced basics" for lack of a better translation for the korean name.
Feb
14
comment What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
There is a similar one in Vovinam too, but with a straight palm (basically looking like -|O- if it makes sense). But the interesting part is that it is actually considered a fighting stance, and some moves are made to be started in this position. And as an addition, there is another salute - not often done - of covering the left hand with the right hand. It means exactly what it says: "I cover peace/mercy/non aggression", and ends up quite messy.
Feb
14
comment Exercises to help “getting lower” when performing Jiu-Jitsu throws
as a question to your question: why do you wish to get lower? I find being tall a great advantage for throws (easier to throw, but more important the opponent falls from higher). Is it only to make practice "softer", or is there another technical reason?
Feb
14
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
Taking the risk of looking persistant, I still think than when someone asks a question, he asks for an answer, and an explanation of the answer. An answer that is understandable mainly by the answerer, and possibly by another small subset of people (and maybe not even in the way intended by the answerer) is in my opinion not an answer, but merely a comment. As a bonus, a quote from my place says "When in doubt, don't use a quote".
Feb
13
comment Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick
Confirmed, when one of my elder wanted to show me that dodging a kick was better than blocking (which was my preference), he proposed me to block one of his. I flew. He then pointed the fact that he didn't keep his foot flat, to protect me. Now I dodge.
Feb
13
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
My turn. I believe there is more to the elder/junior relationship than "getting your junior out of trouble". As it it, there would be no benefit for the elder, which I think isn't true. It also fails to mention any of the possible learning/teaching aspects and benefits of the relation.
Feb
13
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
I still believe that a comment (or an answer, on that note) should be more useful, and intelligible than "Big tree is bamboo in the river". As from the rank/brother issue, you probably noticed that I was talking about "elders" giving advice and being role models for their seniors, which is precisely what brothers tend to do. Therefore, I am glad to see you appreciate my observations.
Feb
13
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
That was an impressively not useful or intelligible comment, congratulations.
Feb
12
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
As the "elder" of some of the others, there is almost no benefit during the group practice from having juniors, apart from the motivation brought by the responsability of having someone watching you and learning from you. The main benefit from me is when giving advice or teaching on forms, as it allows me to understand them better. Teaching is a great way of learning.
Feb
12
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
A bit, but it is a minor factor. The main factor is the belt, then the date of arrival, then experience, then age. There is a 7 years old kid that I see as my elder, and I learn a lot from him (mainly because his forms are perfect); added it to the answer
Feb
12
comment What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi?
Just out of curiosity: why do you want to have it pure white? Is it a club requirement? We tend to see used uniforms as a mark of experience and effort, so I'm just curious about your motivations.