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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.


Apr
18
comment Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
Which is why I gave the term "fuller" as a transliteration. The subject was Japanese swords and facsimile. Interesting question: Where did the phrase "blood groove" originate? @BerinLoritsch "Modern kendo includes waza that will only work with a shinai." How so?
Apr
17
comment Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
The bo-hi (groove, fuller) is not meant to channel blood in an actual katana. It acts as an I-beam, lessening weight while giving greater rigidity. It's purely cosmetic in bokken.
Apr
17
comment Is Tomari-Te a valid type of Okinawan (Ryukyu) Kempo?
Wanshu is derived from Fujian White Crane, a part of Naha-te. The connection is, from what I understand, that Motobu and Kyan both had training in Shuri-te, Naha-te, and Tomari-te. The lineage for Tomari-te was as provided above.
Apr
13
comment How is a Kubotan used in self-defense?
@RobertPetermeier I did my best to edit the question to eliminate the polling while still retaining your details and relative reasoning for asking. The parenthetical only served to reiterate the basic answering guidelines of the site, so it was deleted.
Apr
13
comment Is Tomari-Te a valid type of Okinawan (Ryukyu) Kempo?
Hi! Welcome to the site! Perhaps you could give a little more information about what behind the links is useful to the asker. Just a quick synopsis goes a long way. It may help to read about how to answer questions here
Apr
11
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
Indeed. But we're talking about the hypothetical removed from context. We have methods of making the measurements through experimentation. In terms of the theoretical, we're left with too many variables to solve for anything.
Apr
11
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
@BobCross Again, this all becomes incalculable. It's near impossible to determine even the appropriate amount of mass being placed into a strike. Average mass calculations were done by NASA in space to isolate the effect of the other portions on the whole. Prior attempts at using directed body parts proved... inaccurate.
Apr
6
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
Related: martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/432/…
Apr
5
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
Interesting. I don't know if this can be conclusively proven... You'd have to control all factors as constant, changing only the breathing to have a proper experiment.
Apr
1
comment Can I practice any of the martial arts after a hernia surgery?
Be very careful; this is a site where the answers are mostly coming from martial artists. Even if one is a doctor we have no way of verifying. Any answers should contain the caveat: "Speak to your physician about your specific case."
Mar
30
comment How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
A traceable lineage neither guarantees a quality training environment nor a legitimate experience. Plus, the longer the lineage, the more debate. Add to that, Asian cultures have a tendency to embellish their relationships and lineages (for example, it's common in Japanese arts for a soke to claim he was the only student of his teacher).
Mar
28
comment Is there one traditional way of tying your belt in aikido?
The belt should wrap twice, and the ends should come together evenly at about the bottom of your gi when they are relaxed (new belts may stick straight out). If they aren't roughly at that length, your belt is too long. Depending on the art and instructor, the belt may be wrapped from the middle around both sides to tie at front (leaving an X at the back – In my experience, common with judoka), or as shown, with a length at front and wrapping about twice. Either way, look for the fortune-cookie knot!
Mar
27
comment What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system?
Re: "Other reference: CMQ - Cult": Interesting. Nearly every art has something similar. I got peripherally dragged into the rants here by virtue of having taken some "happy clappy photos" of a student instructor of Jeff Prather's. Best to keep a wide berth from these people when you find them. I'm curious: was there something common among all the indoctrinated? Like a special patch, or uniform, or maybe a piece of jewelry?
Mar
26
comment Controlling my emotions during sparring
@DavidH.Clements They seem to be encouraging the same answers. I'm thinking of merging the two to maintain the answers but don't see them as significantly different questions. Frustration is an emotional response.
Mar
23
comment Are Systema and Pankration similar to each other?
Sparring and training. The strikes are extremely dynamic. Usual caveat applies of course: Good instructor equals good training. The art itself dictates the curriculum, it's up to the instructor to teach it. Other caveat: my training was in Systema Ryabko.
Mar
23
comment Are Systema and Pankration similar to each other?
In my experience you are wrong. While you may start light, an eventual progression to harder training is inevitable.
Mar
23
comment Are Systema and Pankration similar to each other?
Systema Wrestling. You're confusing training methodology with combative sports. The contact is anything but light. Visit a few systema classes.
Mar
22
comment Controlling my emotions during sparring
Sounds like a duplicate to me, too... Perhaps the OP can explain how this differs from that? Maybe a merge is in order?
Mar
22
comment Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
@sidran32 True. I personally have no experience with the art from which ne waza was derived, if any...
Mar
21
comment Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
Suwari waza, correct? I'm not aware of any from on one's back...