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revised Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
Attempting to better address requested information.
Feb
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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
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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
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answered What should I look for in order to develop self-defense skills as quickly as possible?
Feb
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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
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answered Has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu been recognized as a form of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan?
Feb
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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 I suspect this is common when looking at historical documents for any lineage through extremely superstitious periods of history.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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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revised Training Body Reading Without Sparring
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comment Training Body Reading Without Sparring
It's funny... What you called "playing ninja" was how I first learned blind-fighting. That led to, after a period of time and successful performance, donning a blindfold and having to perceive the sounds, feelings, etc. around us.
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revised What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
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revised What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
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revised I have very little toe flexibility - are there other front kicks I can use?
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revised What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?
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comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
@RobZ: I notice it tends to be a rather unknown skill set. Not quite as rare as, say, tosuijutsu (combative swimming), but surprisingly under appreciated.