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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.


Jun
27
comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
@Shauna +1 for belly dancing and "train both sides to use both sides". It's a bit like anything: If you want to do a task better, do that task; I don't subscribe to the idea that, "If I need to carry a 180 lbs. man, I should do bench presses." Instead, carry dead weight in similar fashion.
Jun
18
comment How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?
@DaveLiepmann Your comment is invalid: Striking against something is implicit in both the question and answer.
Jun
13
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
"just a white lacqure painted over what looked like common American oak " Sooooo common, and a very good point. Caveat emptor. Most martial arts weapons that are commercially available are lousy, relying on the fact 99% of buyers wouldn't know oak from pine. Quite the dangerous game.
Jun
8
comment How can I try to engage students who don't really want to be there?
I'm basing my answer on social cohesion theory, and, as with most of my answers, my methods tend toward the subversive. I believe in forcing a favorable outcome through manipulation (I was bullied a lot as a kid), and I enjoy pushing people's buttons. Take it for what it's worth ;)
Jun
8
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
You usually won't experience it because the wood is treated (with boiled linseed oil – it's a common treatment in commercially available tools). However, when you're removing the top layer by engraving into the weapon, if you don't treat it, you're exposing it to the risk.
Jun
5
comment When should I run away?
@dmckee Thanks for catching that. I apologize for the mistake.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
Are you sure it's pine? Generally you don't use soft woods in the construction of bo, though Japanese White Pine are extremely popular in bonsai. More popular are white oak for their density and compressive strength.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Trevoke: If you don't like the feel of a sticker under your hands, engraving will not be any better. I took a Dremel to a red oak hanbo I had: you lose the slide that the smooth wood has in your hands.
Jun
4
comment How can I try to engage students who don't really want to be there?
Do you have to sign off on them meeting their requirement?
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
The point being that if you want to be able to carry a big weight while running, you should carry a big weight while running. Performing deadlifts is not equivalent to holding the posture in your legs necessary to perform silk reeling, but simply the act of silk reeling will give you the required capability.
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
There's a notion that all workouts are created equally, which is incorrect. Georges Hebert discovered the differences between strength and usable strength in 1902 while he and his crew attempted to evacuate some 700 souls from St. Pierre in Martinique during the volcanic eruption. See L'éducation physique ou Lentrainement complet par la méthode naturelle
May
18
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
@DaveLiepmann Silk-Reeling is a neigong (內功 – internal skill) exercise mimicking the movements of reeling silk from silk worms; the movements are long, exaggerated, smooth, and slow (like they'd need to be to avoid damaging silk). These movements are common in Chen and Wu taijiquan. Hope that helps.
May
17
comment Is there a written, authoritative source I can reference for interpretations (Bunkai) of Karate (Shotokan) katas?
Welcome to the site. Generally, answers here need substance, not just links (links can go dead and result in a loss of information). Perhaps you could paraphrase what it is that makes those links relevant to this discussion. See Answering Questions on martialarts.stackexchange.com
May
15
comment How does Bartitsu's “foot hook with a cane” technique work?
Welcome to the site, and thanks for answering!
May
15
comment Is there a US-based organization supporting Iaijutsu?
Sounds like a reasonable question, so long as we're sticking with the existence of organizations in the US for iaijutsu; if we start getting into individual instructors, that's off topic for this site.
May
15
comment What makes this seated Daito-ryu technique work?
Coming from a background as a magician, and having a long background of martial arts training, I'm quite confident that what I describe isn't a parlor trick; these same principles underly every technique in martial arts in one way or another, even the ones you train in.
May
14
comment What makes this seated Daito-ryu technique work?
What is your basis in claiming the technique does not work? (BTW, my comment was simply meant as a means for explaining my down vote – it's not required, but since users have asked, I figure it was polite).
May
14
comment What makes this seated Daito-ryu technique work?
Comments are meant for clarification, and additional information; not conversation. Please move further conversation to chat. Cleaned up comments that were no longer relevant.
May
14
comment What makes this seated Daito-ryu technique work?
The description above is accurate, but only partial in its explanation and insight. Any technique in application is only part of the picture; it may or may not work, so the artist is prepared to perform another movement or adjustment to create an effect. This answer is of relatively low quality since the assumptions made are not grounded in anything other than speculation and bias.
May
8
comment How can I improve my teaching of ukemi or break falling?
Not in the same way, no. Bacteria and chemical compounds present in soil can lead to a cascade of hormones that produce a euphoric effect.