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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
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.
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?
Feb
7
revised How should I expect my fist to change over time from punching?
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Feb
7
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
I see it as broad in its current state, though less broad than before @swift's edit. We'll see what the community thinks as a whole (the benefit of this site!)
Feb
7
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
@Trevoke: Not necessarily to a single martial art, no. You could narrow it to specifically kicking, or specifically maintaining balance while throwing. Otherwise, the question would be better suited for a different SE site, like biology or sports or, in the future, human anatomy. It may be this needs to be closed on grounds of being a repeat question.
Feb
7
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
@Trevoke: This also appears to be overly broad. The ankles have different uses in different applications; just adding "in martial arts" doesn't make the question on topic and narrow enough. For example, the flexibility of the ankle is a requirement in targeting specific strikes and even throws in Bujinkan ninpo taijutsu, but this won't necessarily be a focused truth or application in Wado-ryu Karate.
Feb
7
comment Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?
@slugster: Appreciated. I have issues with explaining things in metaphysical terms, which is why I stayed purposefully vague in that respect. Psychology I can handle; metaphysical energies just make me uneasy, as I feel they tend to be used as a copout.
Feb
7
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