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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
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)?
added 896 characters in body
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?
Sep
24
answered How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?
Sep
23
comment Aikido jo-staff origins
It is likely that much of O-sensei's training and inspiration in came from his close personal relationship with Nakayama Hakudō (中山博道), who held menkyō in Shintō Musō-ryū (among others). It's important to remember that while Ueshiba Morihei introduced into the art, it was largely codified into a specific skill set by Saitō Morihiro, who first published the techniques in 1973. The is not representative of anything other than a staff; specifically of a common length of walking stick used by itinerant monks and common travelers.
Sep
23
answered Self-defense against chainsaw attack
Sep
20
answered Which martial art is most closely related to parkour?
Sep
20
answered Supplementary Asian arts for Modern Medieval Armored Combat
Sep
18
comment Supplementary Asian arts for Modern Medieval Armored Combat
I suggest splitting the question into multiple parts, asking each separately and specifically, so you can get a better answer. For instance, "What Asian martial arts would readily lend themselves to use in gothic plate?" would be a good start, as it could be answered demonstrably with specificity. As it is, arguably the answer is "any and all asian martial arts" barring evidence to the contrary (That somebody, somewhere, has attempted it). Judo does not itself take into account changes in balance caused by the additional weight of full armor, though it could be adapted (so too could any).