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comment Translation for “Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.”
Does anybody have the title of the book from which the translation was drawn? Japanese titles tend to be a little less concise...
May
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comment “Aikido is first and foremost BUDO”
It's not something you can directly translate one way. Japanese is ideogrammatic - Literally it would be something like "Harmony Energy Way (Subject), said but wasn't original nature is warrior way was to be." A less literal way to translate is "It goes without saying The Way of Peace is essentially the way of the Warrior."
May
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comment What is a “heavy jab”?
I've heard of "heavy" to describe a jab ("XYZ has a heavy jab"), but never of a "heavy jab" ("This technique is the 'Heavy Jab'"). Perhaps a misunderstanding?
May
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comment Who was the first female judoka?
I'm kind of confused; are there multiple unrelated questions here? I see first female judoka, first female aikidoka, adaptation of techniques for size differences, and sexism in aikido...
May
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comment Stretches for kicking?
Dynamic flexibility is different; the quick motion of a kick can cause the nervous system to fire and tighten the muscles to prevent flexion (similar to the tightness caused by even a minor car accident).
May
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comment What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
Sorry about the length... It's just such a huge topic to discuss too lightly.
May
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reviewed Leave Open Is there a US-based organization supporting Iaijutsu?
May
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reviewed Leave Open Translation for “Those who are possessed by nothing possess everything.”
May
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reviewed Leave Open Has anyone had/recovered from achilles rupture?
May
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awarded  Custodian
May
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reviewed Close Krav Maga, is it 100% legal for defense?
May
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answered What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
May
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comment What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
This is, in my opinion, hands down the best answer. "Rape prevention" or "Rape defense" courses need to emphasize a lack of answers – they need to demonstrate that we don't have a one-stop answer, but that we want to encourage an increase in awareness, and offer a means of improving their odds. I went to and assisted in a number of courses before I taught my first; but it wasn't until I had a woman in my class tell me about her experiences that I understood even a little. Any training is about reclaiming power and self-worth, two things many victims feel they've lost.
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comment Is there any information on pre-19th century Irish weapons-based martial arts?
My problem is this: John Hurley doesn't provide evidence for the existence of a codified system. It seems more likely that "Scianóreacht" for instance refers to the use of or skills with a knife in general, rather than a particular set of techniques, which likely existed in a less unified, familial training sort of form, much the way many european traditions were passed. In the 19th c. traditional weapons were banned, and the shillelagh became a popular replacement – after all, how do you ban tree branches?
May
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answered Measuring the foot when buying Tabi (and giving the size using the japanese convention)
May
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answered Légion étrangère close combat system
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