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Jul
30
awarded  Popular Question
Jun
18
comment what kind of gym work out is necessary for a Tae kwon do learner?
Interestingly I do TKD bag drills specifically as my interval training. I pick a combo and run it at full strength and speed for 2 min, 30 second rest. I run each combo from each side and maybe three or four different sets of combos as my endurance allows.
Jun
9
awarded  Revival
Jun
5
comment Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
Dude, you are a wealth of useful information and I really appreciated the deep dive here.
Jun
5
comment Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
@JuannStrauss Interesting. He seems to be doing a hybrid of the two I described, with his hips largely staying pointed away (even specifically mentioning this) but turning his foot so his toes point to the side. Thanks for posting that.
Jun
5
awarded  Teacher
Jun
4
comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
Yeah, the research on basically all NSAIDs on strength training is all over the place. I feel like I've read a dozen papers in both directions conclusively proving that they do/do not negatively affect strength training.
Jun
4
answered The 180 degree leg split
Jun
4
revised Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
Added note about reverse vs spin.
Jun
4
awarded  Commentator
Jun
4
comment Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
@SteveWeigand I did read this before posting and I don't think it address this issue of foot orientation. As I re-read though, I do note that your distinction between spinning and reverse kicks might be worth noting above.
Jun
4
answered Replace Broken Kwan Dao Handle?
Jun
4
revised Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
Reworded to clarify spins.
Jun
4
asked Proper Foot Orientation on Spinning Back Kick
Mar
20
awarded  Scholar
Mar
20
accepted Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Mar
20
comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
@SteveWeigand I wish you had submitted this as an answer rather than a comment, because I think it's the correct answer.
Mar
20
comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Though it is worth noting that makiwari are usually set to shoulder height so that you CAN strike it perfectly perpendicular. It's also the case that jacking up your hand and bleeding all over it is considered part of the experience of a makiwari. I never really thought about it before, but I'm realizing that most Japanese/Okinawan martial arts (that I'm familiar with anyway) teach you to punch at shoulder height, which is kind of weird since that's rarely a good target. I think you're right that, despite my reservations, bag gloves are my only real option.
Mar
20
revised Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Added more images and a demonstration of my point.
Mar
20
comment Avoiding Knuckle Scrapes with Bag Work
Happens with all punches thrown with any power. My main goal really is to stop getting blood on the public use bags. :-) The more I look into it with academic rigor, the more I realize that there's no way those knuckles won't make some contact with the bag (for anyone). My suspicion now is that few traditional martial artists train with a bag, and everyone who does (boxers, MMA, Kickboxing) generally wears boxing gloves while doing so.