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comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
@Sardathrion: Not all competition need take place in tournament format. Randori and free-sparring can serve adequately if properly trained.
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comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
The Merriam-Webster dictionary amusingly defines "several" first as "more than one", then "more than 2, but fewer than many", then "being a great many"... I think they need to re-evaluate their definition :D
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comment What's the best way to stop a nose bleed quickly?
Hmmm. Follow up question... Is this a nose bleed from trauma or a naturally occurring bleed? The reason I ask is because if it's one caused from the exertion of the class and climate of the room, preventative measures may be appropriate as well.
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comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
Plus figure in traditions of the culture your studying (The Japanese love, for instance, to claim mythical figures in their lineages) and the average education level of the society from which the art developed. Sociology of martial arts is quite fascinating :)
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comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
"A lot of martial arts trace their lineage back to times that predate firearms." Some, but not a lot... Late 12th c. to early 13th c. saw the adaptation of firearms in the form of handheld cannons in China; these were introduced to Japan in the 15th c. as was jujutsu. Most martial arts aren't as old as people like to think; even if they were founded at that time, they have evolved further than that origin. Likely, the reason you see this less is the oppression of civilian martial artists in Communist and Post-Imperialist societies.
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answered Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers: 17th century French Rapier
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comment What are good exercises for strengthening knees to hold stances better?
@SeanPatrickFloyd: You think that's long, you should see my other answers ;)
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comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
I have a problem answering this with such a short answer, so I'll post it in comment and others can run with it if they so choose: They are and have been for a very long time – for example, Seki-ryu Hojutsu is a kobujutsu school dedicated to musketry (or gunnery, which tends nowadays to carry a connotation of artillery) as are other schools listed here.
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comment Training Body Reading Without Sparring
@slugster: Really, it's not so difficult as picking up drills for it. Make it natural, instinctual... De-focus to widen your perspective, and make focusing the secondary act. You'll have less headaches as a side-effect.
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