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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).


Apr
6
comment Which kind of breath provides the most striking power?
I like your answer over there. It explains rather nicely what I tried to cover as background to the real answer. I have found the more you think about different aspects of technique the less likely you will be able to do them. Active thought is much slower than muscle memory. Also, the concept of "proprioception" (understanding our own body's position) helps to make a connection of the feel of your body position with the actual techniques. Making both power (speed aspect) and technique simply automatic.
Mar
26
comment What are good exercises for building grip strength for judo and BJJ?
Heavy deadlifts are another way to build grip strength, as well as improve your knockout resistance.
Mar
26
comment How to get to closed guard when your opponent is in the combat base position?
Would the downvoter please explain what they did not like about the answer?
Mar
22
comment Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
As I mentioned, that is a situation where it pays to learn a bit of jujitsu. Unfortunately, with the limited space on stack exchange sites, I can't go into much detail with that. Long story short: don't strike unless you've disabled your opponent's ability to do so in return.
Feb
28
comment How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?
That's why you focus on technique. Power can come later.
Feb
24
comment What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?
The second book looks as though it goes over the kata I learned. The execution of some of the techniques looks different, but that is likely the difference between shotakon and tang soo do approaches to the kata. The main reason for having a book is in case I have another layoff, I need to jog my memory.
Feb
23
comment What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?
This looks similar : youtube.com/watch?v=tXPZFarJMh0
Feb
23
comment What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?
I'm thinking video will help.
Feb
23
comment What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?
I'll have to find a copy of these books to make sure it's the same kata--but it looks promising.
Feb
23
comment What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?
I believe the dan katas are taken from Tang Soo Do: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyeong#Tang_Soo_Do_hyeong
Feb
23
comment What are some good sources to remind me of the order of Bassai kata?
It really doesn't have a formal name. All I can say is that it grew up in Korea about the same time as TKD, but it incorporates jujitsu, and Okinawan go ju ryu as well. It came to the US from my sensei's sensei during the Korean war.
Feb
22
comment How do I coach her mindset to better suit karate competitions?
I had a feeling we were talking around the same concept. The explanation still doesn't change my answer. Technique sparring is still an excellent way to build up confidence in the techniques--and her ability to execute them. When anger arises, it's time to stop and help her regain that confidence.
Feb
21
comment Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?
US law is further muddied by the fact that self-defense laws vary from state to state. For example, "use of lethal force" is legal in some jurisdictions and not others. In Virginia, you may use equal force to what is presented--up to and including lethal force. However, there are also clauses regarding attempting to de-escalate force.
Feb
21
comment Should I train differently to spar guys who are bigger than me?
Even though I'm a taller guy, I have an aversion to attempting to kick to the head. I'd much rather bring the head down to my foot. Since in a TKD tournament, you can't use jujitsu, strikes to the body are the best bet. Also if you do strike to the head, use your hand techniques. Judges see the strikes to the head better--but don't be a one-trick pony.
Feb
20
comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
Japanese sword training is taught on one side due in part that it is mounted on one side (i.e. you draw it from the same side). The other part of the reason is that it is a two handed weapon. There is little advantage to switching which hand is dominant. Single handed weapons, particularly if they are held in both hands, are taught with the expectation that you will develop both hands.