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I have been practicing martial arts since 2007.


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).