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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.


May
28
comment Is there any documentation of newaza in Fusen-Ryu?
Hi, and welcome to the site. While this is all definitely very interesting, it doesn't exactly pertain to the question asked. Perhaps you could tell us how this answers the question regarding documentation of the newaza of Fusen-ryu?
May
22
comment Understanding the nature of a high ranking judoka?
Very, very good answer.
May
21
comment How easy or hard is it for a combat sport champion to defeat a much stronger man?
These are really, really hard questions to answer - in any given fight, you're still talking about two human beings, and human beings make mistakes. One mistake could change everything. Would it be difficult? Yes, but any fight is. I just don't think this is answerable in its current form.
May
20
comment Is “choondu marmam” in Kalari Payattu real?
I would suggest that, like most myths, it is based in fact. Magic, religion, spiritualism... These are all primitive methods of explaining experiences we otherwise don't or didn't at one time understand. To this day, people seek to apply order or reason to coincidence due to the superstitious nature of the mind. We like patterns, and when we see or hope to see patterns, and incorrectly give previous action a causal meaning, we have magic. Perhaps we can look at these abilities similar to religions: a source of hope, true or not.
May
14
comment Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
It was studying САМБО in the first place that made me consider it. I think improving martial skills is as much a mental exercise as a physical one. I'm all for the "quick" approach of filling your training gaps with specialized training, but going back and understanding how you're really not doing anything different is good too.
May
14
comment Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
@Kent martialarts.stackexchange.com/a/197/25 It makes for interesting discussion, but I'm not as sure as I used to be. Some ryuha that talk about martial skills also are in some places regarded simply as brigands. I lack the evidence to make a definitive judgment.
May
10
comment How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?
Personally I love this question, and I really want to answer it... I just can't even begin to decide where to start. It's a bit like trying to tell someone how long it takes to learn to dance, only assuming (but with no actual idea) that they have legs.
May
8
comment Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?
Fascinating. Sounds like a lot of resources need updating.
May
8
comment Training while exhausted
Good; but was "training while exhausted" ever advised for new techniques in the martial arts? I've only ever heard this approach for a means of removing excess/waste movement from a well understood technique as a means of absorbing the principles. The criticism of crossfit is relevant for Fitness.SE, but is it non-sequiter for MA.SE?
May
7
comment Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?
Interestingly too, it was Funakoshi who also is first credited with writing Karate as 空手 ("empty hand"), from the previously common 唐手 ("China/Tang hand", denoting the connection to the Chinese origins).
May
7
comment Short leg issue and wide-soled shoe
Personal views of chiropractics aside, hip alignment could be a factor. Either way, a podiatrist may be able to prescribe a custom orthotic to help your rather unique situation.
May
3
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
Sam Harris is a bit of a doom-and-gloom author; a bit negative. Self defense training is about increasing your odds of survival; on a long enough timeline, survival rates all fall to 0.
May
3
comment How should a novice train if unable to join a dojo yet?
Moving doesn't necessarily mean you can't train in a dojo. Find an art you're interested in, then go and look at google maps for training in the last few locations. If you have time to run or exercise, you can find time to train. If you want to learn a martial art, study it; if you just want to get in shape, you can join a gym!
May
3
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
3
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
3
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
3
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
3
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
3
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
2
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.