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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
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.
May
7
comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
@HNL Incorrect. If you're thinking of martial-arts-like skills as punching and kicking in a very limited fashion, then perhaps; however, the principles of angles, distance, and timing along with the philosophical preparedness to cause injury to another, as well as balance and coordination all have a great deal to do with your fighting ability with a firearm.
May
7
comment How to cover all of the material? Especially in small classes
It can help too to ask yourself what your goal is. Sometimes your long term goal is just to get them capable to defend themselves. Other times, it's about getting them capable to do one technique. Only you know your expectations.
May
7
comment How to cover all of the material? Especially in small classes
Great question. +1
May
3
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
The common groundhog hides its head every time it sees a shadow, regardless of whether it's a predator or not. It develops this as a self-preservation instinct; those that do not duck when the wrong shadow crosses over are eaten. Just something to consider.
May
3
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
re: "The electroencephalograph recorded symptoms very similar to that of a short epileptic seizure." nytimes.com/2003/02/18/health/… One occurrence here and there is unlikely to hurt anyone, but recurrent exposure can create worse conditions, too. Basic "rule of thumb": Everything in moderation.
May
1
comment What characteristics should I look for in a sensei?
@Sardathrion I'm of the mind that there's no need for contracts, period. Provide a quality product (i.e. your classes) and you'll have retention. If they have to break (in cases such as economic downturn), you can't get blood from a stone anyhow. People have to be responsible for their own decisions, though, and if they can live with the fine print they may or may not read, then the contract won't be a big deal. Caveat emptor.
Apr
30
comment Should I avoid open-handed blocks in sparring?
@Rophuine What branch of TKD do you study? It may help get you better answers (hand position may vary from branch to branch, not just style to style).
Apr
26
comment How can you practice wrist locks/grappling holds without a partner?
@Dave That whole concept is entirely counter-productive. Arresting the whole body makes locking the wrist both pointless and tiresome. Even in ground grappling, if you're controlling the wrist properly, the end result should be a seizing of all the muscles in the arm to the hips.
Apr
26
comment How can you practice wrist locks/grappling holds without a partner?
Something most people don't realize is that a "Wrist Lock" is a means of locking the whole body by means of the wrist. It's important not just to have a hand and wrists, but for the connections between the hand and the torso to be representatively accurate of the range of motion in the human body. If you're only locking the wrist and forearm, you're doing it wrong.
Apr
26
comment How can you practice wrist locks/grappling holds without a partner?
+1 on all points... Footwork is most important; wrist flexibility is second. The third part is the only thing that requires a training partner.
Apr
24
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
You're in the Bujinkan. Nagato-sensei is Bujinkan. Soke is Bujinkan. Tenchijin Ryaku no Maki is the "shodan scrolls" of the Bujinkan. Welcome to the Bujinkan. :)
Apr
24
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
Politics has nothing to do with it; the word is meaningless. ("jitzu" would transliterate to "ji'ju")
Apr
23
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
You do know "ninjitzu" is meaningless, right?
Apr
20
comment “Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?
I'm not sure if this answers the question (I'm not entirely sure what the question is, to be honest), but conscious alteration of foot movement is not only possible, but recommended. We learn bad habits (by wearing hard soled shoes, for instance). Most of the good habits we ever had were as children when we moved naturally. Ever seen toddlers fall?
Apr
19
comment Are there alternate versions of the ITF Taekwondo pattern Yulgok?
+1 Great answer. Welcome to the site!
Apr
19
comment Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
@Sardathrion That would be a better question for english.stackexchange.com I think.
Apr
18
comment Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
Interesting. Shinai do have the jinbu (the front, opposite the tsuru which represents edge) and tsuru (cord along the back). I'm curious what waza only work with shinai...