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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.


Oct
17
comment Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
False premise; it relies on the presupposition that leaving the house means being attacked (Barring Albanian Gjakmarrja under Kanuni i Lekë Dukagjinit). However, it could be argued that events outside an individuals control (Aggressor is laid off from their job) could put them in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the case of the belligerent, we can argue, though, that avoiding street bars (as opposed to the bar in a hotel or restaurant in which the decorum differs) decreases the likelihood of belligerents, and attention to ones surroundings would prevent spilling beer.
Oct
17
comment Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
I'm ultimately not of the mind that I can teach everyone the means to prevent their own conflicts, but rather a means to understand how their actions can put them into those situations. While chaos theory may have it that everything is continuously pushed toward a yet greater state of entropy, it would seem that still the means that bring us to chaos are far more organized in retrospect. Can then an understanding of how A indicates B teach us the means of preventing escalating chaos at least on this small scale? Why bother: Why do we bother teaching martial arts? Increasing odds. Good answer
Oct
17
comment Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
Unfortunately, I feel like you hit home on what we already teach, but think that you're telling me about the why... There's no why here: crime exists, conflict exists, therefore we train to protect ourselves from it when it touches us. The point I'm trying to teach is to show them how the choices they make land them in the situations long before it becomes evidently dangerous.
Oct
16
asked Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
Oct
15
comment Training supplement to Muay Thai
If you internalize one lesson a week, allow it to change how you behave, how you move, and how you interact with the world, one lesson is all you need. If you take three lessons, but do not internalize them, do not move your life with them, then you will exhaust yourself and fail. Your work is to find your work, and having found it, give your life to it.
Oct
15
comment Training supplement to Muay Thai
It's arbitrary to say that training three times a week is the minimum for satisfactory progress. Satisfactory itself is an arbitrary estimation. When it comes down to training, it's not how often you train, but how perfectly you train with the time you have.
Oct
15
comment Self-defense against chainsaw attack
Sure, a brick can be thrown. It also can be unwieldy, and therefore miss the intended target. There's nothing to this answer that offers the least bit of rational explanation making "throwing a brick" a decent self-defense strategy.
Oct
14
comment Drills for training agility - cross art
Then you're perfectly equipped. Have at it. :)
Oct
14
comment Drills for training agility - cross art
Consider a seminar with a dance instructor to introduce fundamental exercises and techniques of ballet, which will improve dynamic balance, static balance, and footwork.
Oct
14
comment What is a good push-up routine to build punch strength?
Strength is a flawed concept; a catch-all and inexact term that defines a particular muscle groups capability to produce work. The correlation between an arms capability to produce work and the overall power behind a punch for an average man reduces down to single-digit percentages. Relying on strength alone puts your 4.8% (assuming you're average) against an adept trainee's 80% using the majority of body mass. Maintaining overall fitness is good, but there are better total-body exercises (swimming and gymnastics, for instance) that can improve application better than pushups.
Oct
14
revised Judo za-rei difference between man and woman
Rough translation to english of relevant section. Perhaps native dutch speaker can correct? (Only passing familiarity from Afrikaans).
Oct
3
comment Switching to non dominant side stance
Corollary: Use of the non-dominant hand is always at the expense of your dominant hand. Using your non-dominant hand for everyday tasks will deprive your normal motor skills of their reliability.
Oct
2
comment Switching to non dominant side stance
Reread my comment.
Oct
2
comment Switching to non dominant side stance
You seem to answer your own question: practice. How does one gain the most from practice? Practicing perfectly – performing the action with precision repeatedly. Start slow then as the action becomes reliable, build speed. Due to lacking muscles in non-dominant arms, the curve for adaptation is long. Be patient.
Sep
27
revised Two Muay Thai teachers teach different techniques. Who's right(est)?
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Sep
26
comment How do I keep a safe distance from potential threats without escalating the situation?
For those answers, I'll refer you to: martialarts.stackexchange.com/a/172/25 martialarts.stackexchange.com/a/243/25 They may not seem related, but since what you're talking about now is a stimulus reaction, which is no different than a flinch reaction. You need to condition yourself to think in a new way, much the way you've conditioned yourself to react as you are now. We are conditioned beings: we are conditioned to shake hands like some Mithraic cult upon meeting new people, for instance. Learning a new way of behaving is simply conditioning.
Sep
25
revised How can I try to engage students who don't really want to be there?
Pushing buttons.
Sep
25
answered Two Muay Thai teachers teach different techniques. Who's right(est)?
Sep
24
answered How do I keep a safe distance from potential threats without escalating the situation?
Sep
24
answered Where can I find display cases for Chinese Martial Arts weapons?