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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.


Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
Nope, I wouldn't. I figured yours was good enough and felt it inappropriate to detract by adding a secondary answer that told how much I agree with your answer only to exclude that one point.
Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
Never trolling; just pointing out something that is considered proper custom, at least among many western (including American) societies. It's not about personal belief, here, but precision and accuracy of evaluating societal norms, which can be important in context. If you don't follow them, or think they are a trap, then fine, but it's technically an abnormal behavior.
Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
@Ho-ShengHsiao: They'd never be so rude to tell you that's what ruined it. Good manners show an attention to detail, as do posture and other minor details. Martial arts training can do a lot to make you better in business and personal relationships, but you should be careful about changing behaviors for martial arts that limit your potential in everyday life. I also note this because part of ninjutsu is blending; knowing how to appear right at home during a business meeting (attention to details included) is a must for me.
Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
"Switch your knife and fork." – Heathen. Where are your manners! :P Do yourself a favor and do this at home alone; this can ruin a business lunch.
Feb
10
comment What is a good push-up routine to build punch strength?
You might want to specify just how far down you go. The US Army evaluates by a fist placed under a male recruit's chest. For women, a sponge is used (which is a great option for solo training).
Feb
10
comment What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi?
Good! Now add it to your answer :D Just trying to see if I can't help boost the quality of your answer since it popped up under "low quality posts".
Feb
10
comment What is a good push-up routine to build punch strength?
This makes a rather untoward assumption that there is a correlation between muscle strength and the power of your strike. Power can actually be understood as the equation P = ((m•a)•∆s)/∆t; muscle can actually inhibit your capability to throw a punch by limiting rotation. Building overall applicable body mass is good, but flexibility makes greater changes in your speed than pushups do to body mass.
Feb
10
comment Is there a written, authoritative source I can reference for interpretations (Bunkai) of Karate (Shotokan) katas?
By interpretations, are you meaning bunkai?
Feb
9
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
It wasn't mine originally. It was a suggested edited by @Ho-ShengHsiao that was in two sentences because it was unclear. The semi-colon is the appropriate device for connecting those two thoughts. My edit was part of approving that edit.
Feb
9
comment What is a good age to introduce children to a martial art?
Please consider accepting an answer for your question, or rephrasing your question if you feel the answers don't fit your need.
Feb
9
comment What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing?
@DavidH.Clements That actually would be a pretty good format, especially since it's been used to describe taijiquan and feldenkrais already. +1 to you sir!
Feb
9
comment What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi?
Yes, but what makes them effective? Obviously they're cleaning agents, as are Tide, Gain, Clorox, etc. What makes your answer stand out/why should the asker or others listen to it?
Feb
9
comment Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
Sometimes I like Zhougari... Sometimes I think he's blinded by his own diagnosis. Nothing is unique, and it is true that ninjutsu does focus on surviving. There are techniques that specifically fall under the banner of ninjutsu, however they are not unique to the art, just as wrist locks are not unique to jujutsu or aikido.
Feb
9
comment Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
I agree from the stand point of ninpo being a state of mind; when one applies ninpo to taijutsu, you change the state of your approach to taijutsu (since jujutsu is a form of budo taijutsu, by changing your approach to the problem, but not necessarily the technique, you make it ninpo taijutsu). Ninjutsu is specifically a skill set tied into tradition (see Shoninki for an example of skills specific to the ninja).
Feb
9
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
Interesting... Sempai and Kohai are an organic relationship in Japanese society, stemming from societal norms of creating social structure in every facet of life... I'm curious how this will play out...
Feb
9
comment Have any Kung Fu styles established a formal connection to the Shaolin Temple?
Shaolin.com better hurry up. At 90+ years old, a Chinese monk is lucky to be alive, let alone have a good memory!
Feb
8
comment Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?
Even training with a real knife is simply a simulation – without the intent to harm, you're only parroting the movements, and not offering a realistic experience. Shock knives do allow you to cause temporary harm and pain, and thus allow you to give intent. Most martial artists (as demonstrated by @IaroslavKovtunenko's comment) do not know how to cut through material and will result to chopping motions; denim on a pig or on meat wrapped around a pole can teach one to cut properly – an hour of trying in, it can seem quite impressive to step up and do it with ease. It's simply a trick: Sink.
Feb
8
comment Where do kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu come from?
This may be too broad: If you clarify the art you're practicing, we can give you precise (relatively) origins, as it's usually traceable back to a specific religious/shamanistic practice.
Feb
8
comment What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?
@Swift: Shooting the hands in can work, but can also lead to inadvertently pressing on your own carotid artery. Be very careful!
Feb
8
comment How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
Add to "fight/flight/freeze" a fourth option "posture", as proposed in "On Killing" by Lt. Dave Grossman. Freezing is not instinctually equivalent to submission: a deer may freeze when it hears a noise (as might humans who sit up in bed at night unable to move because they've been roused by glass breaking) in an attempt to not draw attention. Posturing can be equated to a bear rearing up on its hind legs to frighten off intruders in its territory, or a blowhard puffing out and slapping his chest like a gorilla.