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Feb
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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
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Feb
7
comment Mouth guard / gum shields - tips?
The boil & bite mouth guard do not offer significantly less protection than the dental manufactured, and at a significantly less price, tend to be a far superior solution for the avid amateur. If you're a professional athlete making 8 figures a year, it's reasonable; if you're like me, you stick to the off-the-shelf variety and learn the best ways to make them work.
Feb
7
comment Mouth guard / gum shields - tips?
This is also the reason the boil and bite mouth guards tend to be more popular than dental injection molded custom fabricated guards. They're prohibitively expensive for most purposes, and not worth the cost difference when the boil and bite offer equivalent protection, if less permanent fit.
Feb
7
revised What should I look for in order to develop self-defense skills as quickly as possible?
rewrote question to make it less opinion-prone, if that's possible at all; simplified question to hit key points of original question
Feb
7
revised Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?
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Feb
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revised Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?
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Feb
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answered Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?
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?
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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.