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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).


Aug
30
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.
May
24
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.
May
9
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.
May
9
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.
May
9
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.
Apr
28
comment How do I improve my attack speed?
Also, accurately enough, I am trying to improve the "rapid" component of the "strength applied rapidly". The strength is there (and continually being worked on). I perform power cleans with regularity, but I'm still not quick when closing distance.
Apr
28
comment How do I improve my attack speed?
That is correct. Most people I've talked to in martial arts tend to apply the word "power" with that understanding. While not accurate in physics terms, that's a common understanding.
Apr
27
comment How do I improve my attack speed?
I'll definitely have to step up my sprinting, and I'll probably up the power cleans too. I'll be mapping out my training for the next year soon, and will keep this in mind. While they will help with foot speed I also need hand speed.
Apr
27
comment How do I improve my attack speed?
The slow repitition is how my block and counter got good. I can respond to an attack well and turn that into a score for me. However, it's the launch when I'm the attacker where I'm not as good.
Apr
26
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
There is also the concept that in law enforcement, before you are cleared to use less than lethal weapons (mace, tazer) you must first experience what it feels like. This does two things: lessens the likelihood that the weapon will be used inappropriately, and gives the weilder an expectation of what will happen. When done in group sessions, it is likely that you will have someone who isn't affected the same way. For example, some people are simply resistant to capsaicin acid (mace) and merely get angry. Others are reduced to crying heaps on the floor.
Apr
26
comment How can you practice wrist locks/grappling holds without a partner?
Unfortunately, in the past it was easier to get a training partner. Currently, everyone in my life's schedule is different from mine. So when I can train, they are not free, and vice-versa. I'll definitely have to find an MMA oriented gym.
Apr
18
comment Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
This is from a forum I used to follow on sword arts. Essentially because the shinai does not have the ha and mune distinction, the kendo practitioner can parry and strike without worrying about blade orientation. This makes for a quick point in sparring, but does not translate to an edged weapon.
Apr
17
comment Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
I removed that text. Thanks for the clarification.
Apr
17
comment How to get to closed guard when your opponent is in the combat base position?
When I was writing it, I was envisioning the hook/kick happening laterally. In essence, the knee kicked to the outside instead of straight on. But yes, hooking the knee and kicking the ankle can work. The problem is the weight is on that foot, so it is harder to pull off. By kicking the knee out to the side, his base of support is pulled out from under him, causing the forward fall--potentially torward the side you kicked the knee to.
Apr
11
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
@Trevoke, the type of breathing you need to do when grappling is very different than the type of breathing you need to do when you focus on quick strikes. The biggest issue is that the martial art being practiced dictates what type of breathing is most effective. While several arts are similar, there are enough subtle differences I can't make a blanket statement. See the bullets in my answer for more examples.
Apr
10
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
@BobCross, yes. You are right, without that context of "Best for what?" it is not answerable as written.
Apr
10
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
@BobCross, It's clear I'm not a physics student. I have slightly better understanding than a lay person, so the terms I use may be muddled from a pure physics standpoint. But from a lay person's viewpoint of what "power" means to a martial artist, I think I captured the intent well.
Apr
10
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
@Bob Cross, "best" can only be answered in a certain context. Missing the martial art "best" is to be applied to, all we can do is come up with general applications and caveats. Different martial arts have different focuses, which means the need for the breath also differs. This is a classic case were no absolutes can apply.
Apr
9
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
I think the full answer (as stated below) really is affected by the martial art you study. I provided general principles for a still pretty general question that will point you in the right direction.
Apr
9
comment When moving to a new city, what considerations need to be taken into account finding a new teacher?
Only other thing is ask your current sensei if they know anyone. If they don't then you are no worse off. However, if they do, it's a good chance the new dojo will be run like the one you are leaving.