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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
2
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
1
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
From a legal standpoint, you're always in a gray area with self-defense. Self-defense is an affirmative defense; you're acknowledging that you committed the act for which you're charged, but stating that exigent circumstances made the action necessary. First strike does not necessarily negate self-defense; it does make it harder to prove. Being surrounded, however, gives you a good defense.
May
1
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Never really left; just been inactive until the site adopted a more hopeful tone.
Sep
24
comment how to overcome “freeze”?
Practice does not make perfect; only perfect practice makes perfect.
Sep
18
comment Aikido Forward Roll
Aikido rolls are big rolls; the body is barely compressed, which allows you to rock up to standing very easily (Ninpo has tight rolls that keep you low to the ground, and bring you up into kneeling position before standing). In any martial art, strive to tuck your head as late as possible; you keep your eyes on your opponent as long as possible so you avoid being surprised. Think about making your arm to your hip a wheel. To do so, your hand will roll along its side, your forearm lowers until your elbow touches, then your upper arm, shoulder, then hip. Slow is smooth; smooth, fast.
Sep
17
comment Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?
Any tailor can bring in the sides of a dogi. They are largely unisex.
Sep
12
comment Octagonal vs round shaped staff weapons
We teach to think of a bo or jo as no different than a sword or a chain; you learn to lock with each, to tie with each, and, most relevant to your question, cut with each. Other claims I've heard are that it improves grip and durability; I've not looked into these claims much.
Sep
7
comment Aikido ikkyo variations
+1 for option-laden tabulation. :)
Sep
6
comment How do i fix my Berimbau?
Frankly, you're better off replacing the verga. Any patching you do to wood will create a weakness adjacent to the patch and will change the resonance and elasticity of the wood. I can't say how significant this will be, but the next time you restring it, it'll probably crack again anyway; you're just delaying the inevitable.
Aug
1
comment In fencing, what is a point of fact?
I don't understand why it doesn't make sense? Point of fact – Actuality, Occurrence. Whether the time ran out or was reset, the point was scored while time was on the clock. Frankly, after fencing through high school, I believe she should have remained en garde until the match was called, time or no.
Jul
26
comment Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?
NB: An edit placed "Kotodama" as a "proper term". Unfortunately, it did so attached to a sentence tying the term to the Bujinkan by a semicolon. I have seen Kototama in reference to buddhism, but have never seen the term in any notes or densho for the Bujinkan, and would not claim it "proper" in connection to any art without first confirming that against densho. Kototama is a broad term for any "word of power", the belief that an utterance can have supernatural effect.
Jul
24
comment How do I practice judo throws on my own without a partner?
I use the term reportedly because there's a great deal of conflicting information. I have notes to that effect, and I'm sure I can source it if I dig through my boxes of books in my office, but that being an aside, it's an unimportant aspect of the relevant piece of information: You can effectively use trees for isometric training of throws.
Jul
23
comment Quickly learning the full essentials of Krav Maga
Most American Krav Maga schools are commercialized to the Nth degree, designed to retain students to continue revenue streams. When I did it back a decade ago, we were doing roughly the equivalent to what was being taught in the IMF across 4 months, about 4 hours a day, 5 days a week. It wasn't about the instructor collecting a paycheck; it was about teaching us to fight. That kind of training drills uncontrolled reaction; It wasn't useful training for a civilian. Schools have to make money; you need space to train and lights – You can't run a school on pixie dust.
Jul
19
comment What can one do to avoid entering a grappling situation?
@RobinAshe Re: sprawl won't be good enough – What is "good enough"? If I've trained in wrestling since high school, will my sprawl be "good enough" against an olympic competitor? Any level of capability is subjective.
Jul
16
comment Is there any documentation of newaza in Fusen-Ryu?
Any chance of getting the proper kanji on Fusen-ryu? I know of a school of kusarigama-jutsu called Fusen-ryu as well. Might help to track down the appropriate art and some documentation.
Jul
12
comment Shoulder brace for Judo?
Ligaments heal, but extremely slowly due to the minimal blood flow to the relatively static portions of the body. Prolotherapy (a therapy consisting of injecting blood into the area to aid regeneration) can be quite successful in helping torn and damaged ligaments heal.
Jul
12
comment How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
Same thing happened here about 2 years ago – suspicion is that one of the valet's clocked a loudmouth in the back of the head (since amazingly "nobody saw anything" even though it was at the valet stand). Never saw it coming... And that's kind of the point – since he never saw it coming, there's nothing he could do; no way to change it. What sense is there in worrying over what we can't change (the inevitability of death, for instance). Getting hit is still less dangerous than throwing a few thousand pounds of metal down an interstate at 70 miles an hour.
Jul
11
comment Looking for cheap cutting material for tameshigiri practice
That's fascinating. I never would have thought of them for archery...
Jun
28
comment How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?
Suggest link for "Practical Programming" (There are about 2 dozen similar titles in various media). I made my point; you feel the information is wrong or dangerous, and we've both made our relative arguments. I'll leave it to the community to decide their view.
Jun
27
comment How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?
@DaveLiepmann Punching a bag with proper form is creating resistive tension in the muscles of the forearm that brace the wrist. The strength of your wrist is not static; it adapts to the stresses under which it's placed. Two quotes for you: Practice doesn't make perfect; perfect practice makes perfect. And If you want to be better at X, do X