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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
6
answered Mouth guard / gum shields - tips?
Feb
6
revised How do I keep the bo staff from moving off centre as I train in twirling it?
added 39 characters in body
Feb
6
comment How do I keep the bo staff from moving off centre as I train in twirling it?
Interesting. I'm not familiar with a Yuan-style Taijiquan. Perhaps someone who is will be able to help you. I'm going to edit your question to include that little bit of information to better help your answerers.
Feb
6
comment How do I keep the bo staff from moving off centre as I train in twirling it?
"staff twirling", by which I believe you mean menacing (using the quick back and forth movements of the staff to build momentum and create distance) is called furigata in Kukishin-ryu Bojutsu. I'm asking from which art you're learning to use a staff so as better to direct the answer.
Feb
6
comment Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?
The Okinawans had a number of arts called Tii (Te, now), generally named for the region from which they were taught (Naha-Te stemmed from the Naha region, etc.). These were largely influenced by fighting styles learned from the Chinese they were trading with.
Feb
6
comment Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers: 17th century French Rapier
Indeed. The point seemed moot when "The Three Musketeers" was written in French (I presume to differentiate itself from a similarly named candy bar produced by the Mars corporation).
Feb
6
comment How do I keep the bo staff from moving off centre as I train in twirling it?
Can you please explain in which art you're training? The furigata of Kukishin-ryu, for instance, makes use of the whole length of the staff, and the arms keep your pointing toward the center. I believe other arts have different methods.
Feb
6
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
This could work, and it does change the question, but without losing too much of the original intent. Nicely done @DavidH.Clements
Feb
6
revised Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
Attempting to better address requested information.
Feb
6
comment What are good exercises for building grip strength for judo and BJJ?
It's not worth writing an answer to add this: Squeeze tennis balls until they deflate. It's simple, easy, and results in a wickedly strong relaxed grip. Gripping hard with intention actually makes your grip weaker.
Feb
6
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
Please review the faq about questions which solicit opinion and debate. I don't see a way that this question can be asked that will not solicit that kind of response.
Feb
6
answered What should I look for in order to develop self-defense skills as quickly as possible?
Feb
6
comment What should I look for in order to develop self-defense skills as quickly as possible?
This is a commonly misconceived question, but perhaps one that should become community wiki, so I'll post in that manner below.
Feb
6
answered Has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu been recognized as a form of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan?
Feb
6
comment What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
Interesting. I have no frame of reference for Chinese martial arts; the closest I studied was Kung-fu San-Soo for a short time. I suspect this is common when looking at historical documents for any lineage through extremely superstitious periods of history.
Feb
6
comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
There's not much in English. The best resources for an introduction to relatively unknown arts were a series of videos produced in the 80s for the Japanese education system called Nihon no Kobudo.
Feb
6
comment What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
Indeed. I never said that it was true, after all the scrolls are said to be handed down from some aspect of Amaterasu or something. The Japanese love their folklore, however, and many, many arts have fictional/mythological characters included in their lineages.
Feb
6
comment Which muscles do I use to stand?
@Rophuine: In attempting to maintain topic, I can point you to Kono Yoshinori (甲野善紀) as the martial artist from whom I first became acquainted with Nanba as an aspect of kobujutsu. As for Nanba, the best online resource is here. Beyond that, I can only say research anatomy.
Feb
6
comment Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
The -jutsu does not, in and of itself, make for a martial art. Further study of the Japanese language will show other cases where -jutsu is used to describe other skills (saiminjutsu means hypnosis, and taijutsu only means body skills, which can apply to the skills used by a prostitute or a baker in their day to day lives just as easily as a martial artist; the very reason that we describe our art as ninpo taijutsu or budo taijutsu)
Feb
6
awarded  Nice Answer