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I'm a web developer, IT consultant, and programmer with a property management firm in Orange County, CA. I also teach and train in Bujinkan Ninpo Taijutsu.

A lot of my side-projects end up rolling into my work life, and feel that the experience I've gained with web development, Ruby, Qt, C/C++, Java, etc. may actually be of use to somebody.

I've recently joined the Martial Arts private beta, and will be answering questions on there with regularity.

Oh, and I really hate when people tell me, "No, it can't be done." You're wrong; It can, it should, it will, so shut up and watch me.

Nothing is true; everything is permissible.
- Hassan-i Sabbah
(حسن الصباح‎)
Ruler of Alamut, Founder of the Hashshashin.


Feb
9
revised Morning exercise routine for student of Aikido
corrected translation
Feb
9
comment What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi?
Yes, but what makes them effective? Obviously they're cleaning agents, as are Tide, Gain, Clorox, etc. What makes your answer stand out/why should the asker or others listen to it?
Feb
9
revised What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
Highlight the main point. I missed that the first time I read it and it came across as "human brain is not good at multitasking so don't even try using two hands". Corrected punctuation.
Feb
9
comment Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
Sometimes I like Zhougari... Sometimes I think he's blinded by his own diagnosis. Nothing is unique, and it is true that ninjutsu does focus on surviving. There are techniques that specifically fall under the banner of ninjutsu, however they are not unique to the art, just as wrist locks are not unique to jujutsu or aikido.
Feb
9
comment Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
I agree from the stand point of ninpo being a state of mind; when one applies ninpo to taijutsu, you change the state of your approach to taijutsu (since jujutsu is a form of budo taijutsu, by changing your approach to the problem, but not necessarily the technique, you make it ninpo taijutsu). Ninjutsu is specifically a skill set tied into tradition (see Shoninki for an example of skills specific to the ninja).
Feb
9
revised Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
Corrected spelling/grammer
Feb
9
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
Interesting... Sempai and Kohai are an organic relationship in Japanese society, stemming from societal norms of creating social structure in every facet of life... I'm curious how this will play out...
Feb
9
comment Have any Kung Fu styles established a formal connection to the Shaolin Temple?
Shaolin.com better hurry up. At 90+ years old, a Chinese monk is lucky to be alive, let alone have a good memory!
Feb
9
answered What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
Feb
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
8
comment Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?
Even training with a real knife is simply a simulation – without the intent to harm, you're only parroting the movements, and not offering a realistic experience. Shock knives do allow you to cause temporary harm and pain, and thus allow you to give intent. Most martial artists (as demonstrated by @IaroslavKovtunenko's comment) do not know how to cut through material and will result to chopping motions; denim on a pig or on meat wrapped around a pole can teach one to cut properly – an hour of trying in, it can seem quite impressive to step up and do it with ease. It's simply a trick: Sink.
Feb
8
answered Morning exercise routine for student of Aikido
Feb
8
revised Where do kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu come from?
Creating a better reading question without changing too much of the meaning (and certainly not the grammar)
Feb
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?
Feb
8
answered Where do kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu come from?
Feb
8
awarded  Altruist
Feb
8
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Where do kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu come from?
Feb
8
comment Where do kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu come from?
This may be too broad: If you clarify the art you're practicing, we can give you precise (relatively) origins, as it's usually traceable back to a specific religious/shamanistic practice.
Feb
8
comment What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?
@Swift: Shooting the hands in can work, but can also lead to inadvertently pressing on your own carotid artery. Be very careful!
Feb
8
comment How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
Add to "fight/flight/freeze" a fourth option "posture", as proposed in "On Killing" by Lt. Dave Grossman. Freezing is not instinctually equivalent to submission: a deer may freeze when it hears a noise (as might humans who sit up in bed at night unable to move because they've been roused by glass breaking) in an attempt to not draw attention. Posturing can be equated to a bear rearing up on its hind legs to frighten off intruders in its territory, or a blowhard puffing out and slapping his chest like a gorilla.