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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 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 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.
Feb
8
answered What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?
Feb
8
comment How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
While I dislike the message most RBSD courses offer (they tend to be far from reality, despite advertising), some of the methods are worth looking at. Training at 100% doesn't necessarily have to mean knocking out teeth; it does mean training at maximum fatigue and stress levels to continue to work on "auto-pilot". I do agree; much of the RBSD advise will get you the needle.
Feb
8
comment How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
There are distinct dangers in bumping your leg against a coffee table as well (the bruise resulting in a clot which dislodges only to find itself in a major artery causing an infarction). The fear of being struck can be overcome once one is struck; until such time, their presupposition is an anxiety over being struck. Part of overcoming anxiety is learning that it is: 1.) a worry over a future event that may not even happen; 2.) an embellishment of an actuality. Even anxiety over death must be faced and overcome to live a happy life now.
Feb
7
answered How should I expect my fist to change over time from punching?