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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.


Aug
1
comment What exactly is Kalaripayattu?
Hi, and welcome to the site! Do you perhaps have any resources that could elaborate on your answer at all?
Aug
1
comment What exactly is Kalaripayattu?
Hi, and welcome to the site! Do you perhaps have any resources that could elaborate on your answer at all?
Jul
18
comment Good sources on using sticks for grappling/locks?
It's a decent book, which does cover some rudimentary skills in stick fighting, but it (purposefully or not) leaves large gaps. It's more introductory. The size of the stick is irrelevant when it comes to locking – if you can do it with a hanbo, you can do it with a stick, a rope, a bo, a flashlight, a knife, a sword, a magazine, or a bundle of spaghetti. You just have to understand the characteristics of the weapon.
Jan
15
comment Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?
The nara period was over 1000 years ago, and about 700-800 years before most arts of Japanese origin in which one would wear a gi were even codified.
Jan
8
comment Video of a person doing Qigong where somehow many others cannot lift him easily?
Annie Abbot, aka "The Georgia Magnet", circa 1884, toured and performed hot on the heels of Lulu Hurst, the original "Georgia Wonder". It's a practiced feat of leverage and center of gravity, and has nothing to do with Chi/Qi.
Jan
8
comment Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?
@JPHellemons which is why there's four paragraphs explaining the origin of modern wafuku, the law affecting its wear at various points, and the customs of order in Japanese culture.
Oct
29
comment What is the name of the figure using flags performed by Adam in Mythbusters episode 209?
It's painful how inappropriate it would be to -1 this for using Rick Tew as a paragon for any answer. Anybody else remember Tew-ryu?
Oct
29
comment What is the name of the figure using flags performed by Adam in Mythbusters episode 209?
@JuannStrauss there is no evidence of that. Barring an example, are we to simply take your word on it?
Oct
29
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
It's not a matter of knowing, but rather curricula; your implication regarding Bujinkan is equally imprecise. That is, the logic is flawed. Regarding turning "its all the instructor" into an alternatively phrased question, that's better taken to meta it would seem.
Oct
28
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
@DaveLiepmann by that token, the tendencies of 99% of BJJ instruction are aimed toward winning competition; there is no thought for breaking the joint or bone and moving away, but rather submitting one opponent. This isn't self-defense, it's delusion. But for that 1% that teaches how to lift the hips and bring the arm to the side just a little... As for phrasing, I already proposed one way to rephrase to reopen. I only proposed the instructor comment as a corollary to your usual answer.
Oct
28
comment What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
Hi, and welcome to the site. Your answer seems like it could be a little more detailed, perhaps with some references. For instance, hand gestures all have some origin; the western handshake may be traced back to warrior cultures, in fact showing up as a terminus for the initiation rights of the Mithraic Mysteries. Rituals all have meaning; sharing their history can better help us to understand from where our arts come.
Oct
28
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
Arguably, @DaveLiepmann, you're not talking about stylistic differences (Competitive BJJ is better than Wing Chun), but rather the dependency is the instruction quality itself. If the instructor emphasizes quality live sparring, whether openly competitive (participating in competitions between schools), regardless of art, then they meet your criteria. Therefore, if I'm teaching Aikido with the emphasis on training self defense and encourage students to beat the everloving crap out of each other in randori (full commitment even when attacking with other styles), the training is quality.
Oct
28
comment What is the name of the figure using flags performed by Adam in Mythbusters episode 209?
Second. If it's your assertion this is martial arts related, please post a video, and why you feel this is on topic (how it relates to martial arts).
Oct
25
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
True; I don't mean though to imply asking "how to deal with street-fights" but rather a more specific and practical scenario. We have dealt in the past with a theoretical scenario involving multiple attackers by focusing the scenario into something manageable. This could potentially be redirected into something equally manageable.
Oct
25
comment Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
@JohnP I think you need to look up the definition of impossibility and how it differs from improbability. We make it through our lives daily without upsetting others but without realizing the importance of our decisions in making that happen. We're talking about the foresight to control our actions that lead to high-probabilities of violence.
Oct
24
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
Perhaps instead the question could be reworked. Since the OP proposes that there are only a few styles in which he's interested (Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling [Greco-Roman? Catch? Jello?], and BJJ [Grappling being too broad a term]), perhaps the question could be asked of how each art could individually be applied in response to a theoretical street fight application. This then would rely on the answerers practical knowledge of any/all such arts and their capability to respond, then the determination of which is "best" (best fits his needs) could be left to the OP.
Oct
24
comment Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
I'm saying that what you're proposing is that there's such a thing as an accident – a random chance of events coinciding to bring together two creatures with free will and rational minds into a position in which neither one has a choice but for the improbable to occur. People make choices that lead to events: a choice to not look about them, for instance. So yes, I'm eliminating that possibility because there's no such thing as accidents – someone is responsible. This, then, is not an impossibility; if anything it may be an improbability.
Oct
23
comment Self-defense against chainsaw attack
Looking for an answer drawing from credible and/or official sources? Understood!
Oct
23
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
Training makes it much more practical. BJJ can be applied quite well against multiple opponents if the practitioner avoids getting tied up on the ground.
Oct
23
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
Reductio ad absurdum – Physics = ultimate martial art ;)