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Been doing martial arts since about 2000, more specifically karate. I did spend about 4 months with Nakamura Ryu Battou Do. Unfortunately, due to schedule and family constraints I couldn't keep up with the Battou Do.

The form of karate I study doesn't have a formal system name. It grew up along side Tae Kwan Do and Tang Soo Do in Korea, but it also borrows elements of jujitsu and Okinawan goju ryu. We also incorporate a couple strikes and blocks from kung fu. It's an art that doesn't specialize in any one thing, and instead provides enough from multiple disciplines to use techniques unfamiliar to our adversary. The art made it's way from Korea to America when troops came home from the Korean War (my sensei's sensei).


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revised What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
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comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
The joints aren't at the point of needing medical attention. It takes two days for my leg to fully recover and then after that it's fine. However, I don't like the inflamed knee the day after. It hurts all day long, and well into the day after.
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asked What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
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comment How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?
I wonder how much of this is influenced by insurance companies. In a regional TKD tournament that has gone on for over 4 decades, what constitutes legal contact and protective gear has gotten steadily more restrictive--even for upper belts. This is due largely to placating the insurance companies who have no concept of martial arts or whether the measures they require lesson or increase the risk of injury.
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answered Sliding the Feet in Contact With the Ground
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comment Should I avoid open-handed blocks in sparring?
It is part of the techniques you learn. Open hand blocks in a tournament (psuedo-blocks and the like) are fine. Even at brown belt level, ridgehand techniques are allowed as long as it isn't a blind technique and has control.
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comment Is weight training useful in martial arts?
Many martial arts schools incorporate bodyweight exercise prior to class as a warmup. Things like pushups, situps, etc. This is a form of strength training that many people miss. Another way of gaining strength is performing katas isometrically. But the bottom line is: strength helps both striking power and your ability to block or even absorb a strike.
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comment Is weight training useful in martial arts?
While not a fan of the StrongLifts promoter, the program is a good solid beginners program. NOTE: Deadlifts help improve your knockout resistance.
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answered What do instructors look for before allowing students to compete in judo?