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I have been practicing martial arts since 2007.


Aug
19
comment What are the benefits of learning weapons?
I was primarily thinking of martial arts that have weapons and no weapons as part of their training, and not martial arts with its sole focus on weapons. I'll clarify that in my post.
Aug
12
comment Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers
Yes, I agree that any combination more than 1v1 would be difficult in a competition format. If it ever were to happen, it would have to be heavily regulated. Though...I suppose it's a situation the military deals with. They just use different weapons. But some of the strategies involved would probably be similar. I was just thinking out loud. I don't really see such a competition format arising because it would be difficult to regulate. Like any competition where safety is concerned, I think that would be addressed by certain restrictions. Though it may end up less a fight and more a 'game'.
Aug
11
comment Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers
As it stands, I think your answer is the most complete, so I've marked it as the correct one. Thanks for contributing.
Aug
11
comment Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers
hmm. your post got me wondering how "team fights" would look... i.e. 2v2, 3v3, and if such would be possible for competition format.
Aug
11
comment Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers
upvote for the relation to competition out-of-bounds
Aug
11
comment Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers
Interesting point on attackers learning to take advantage of moments of weakness, among other 'skills'
Aug
8
comment Benefits of training to fight multiple attackers
I'm not completely sold on the first point you bring up, as there are ways to train reaction time without the need for multiple attackers, imo. I do agree with your second point though, and what you bring up seems to be a common element among different martial arts.
Aug
4
comment Down a hand, looking for new martial art
I think you're kinda getting ahead of yourself. 3 months isn't that long a wait...if it heals well during that time, it's quite likely you'll be able to continue what you've been doing, but perhaps with some modification to reduce stress/strain. If it doesn't, then you can re-evaluate you options at that time. In the mean time, you can always work on footwork and/or stances. Footwork is just as important as striking/blocking.
Dec
31
comment Taekwondo and muscle imbalance
I would say that it depends on the instructor. If the instructor is knowledgeable, he/she should be incorporating well rounded exercises into your training. Not all instructors will have the fitness/exercise science background to know how to do that though, in which case, the onus would be left to the student. If you are concerned about preventing further injury, you may want to seek a professional opinion from a physical therapist or fitness trainer.
Jul
26
comment How to deliver more power to my turning kick?
Question Overflow - is there a particular reason you wish to measure the power generated by the two different kicks? The Fight Science video compares the front kick of a Karate practitioner vs. a Taekwondo Round, Muay Thai Round, and Capoeira round kick. If you wanted an objective measurement of your own kicks, you would want to use similar equipment. Accessing the movement of a punching bag will only go so far...
Jul
26
comment How to deliver more power to my turning kick?
Thanks JohnP. I should mention, my experience is primarily with WTF Taekwondo, and I'm most familiar with rules regarding that style of tkd.
Feb
21
comment An Ontology of Combat
I was looking for something similar a while back, but haven't found any. Good question!
Feb
21
comment Start attacking instead of blocking while sparring
I found that true when I first started a martial art. But after some time, I think I gained more confidence in my own abilities (not seriously injuring myself, not seriously injuring someone else, etc.). It also became easier to see opportunities for striking. I also agree with Arjang: some people will never be comfortable with hitting others. Everyone responds to sparring differently. If you want to get better at it, just do it more!
Sep
25
comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
By "practical use", do you mean in a self-defense context? All martial arts usually have something that will translate to modern times... As many others have suggested, I would advise looking into Wing Chun, Tai Chi, Baguazhang, QingYi or Aikido based on your other criteria.
Sep
25
comment How do I improve my jumping technique for jumping maneuvers?
I agree with Dave Liepmann. There's a lot of exercises out there for improving jumping height. Parkour incorporates a lot of these exercises in their training, as will other sports involving a lot more jumping than martial arts.
Sep
25
comment Aikido Forward Roll
I'll answer the last question here, and allow those more experienced to address the other questions. Although similar to a shoulder dislocation, a shoulder separation injury can occur as well from high falls/rolls that are done incorrectly. I've also heard of new practitioners getting broken noses/nosebleeds, etc. from nose hitting knee when performing the roll incorrectly.
Aug
14
comment Are martial arts suitable for a busy, IT professional?
Pick your schedule and stick to it. I'm also a young IT professional and I've had no trouble maintaining a regular practice schedule. Location makes a huge difference. Pick a good place to train either near where you live or where you work, whichever you foresee remaining the same for a longer period of time.
Feb
23
comment What's this posture called, and does it signify something
That's interesting. In Taegeuk Pal-Jang, the technique is done as one. What about the speed of the technique? There's usually room for interpretation in that as well, but it could also be an indication of what it may be used for. Also worth keeping in mind is that forms are usually a way of practicing techniques that would otherwise be used in a more dynamic fashion (i.e. sparring).