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Jul
24
comment Slashing vs thrusting (bladed weapon vs pointed weapon)
Also don't underestimate the blunt force of a stab (or a 'slash'). Maybe that long stick won't do any permanent damage to your lightly armored target, but it could knock the wind out of them!
Jan
27
comment Continuously exhaling while attacking or blocking
I don't mean to de-rail this question (and since it's already answered, I'm not super worried), but I'm curious: if fully commit[ting] all of your breath or energy is a full yang technique, what constitutes a 'full yin technique'?
Jan
17
comment Self-defense against a bigger charging opponent
+1; as an aikidoka, I'd love to have an attacker charge at me. *rubs hands together* mmmm, yesssssss. (that said, if I were actually 'fighting' [and ignoring what that means], I would never stick to just Aikido - I'll be using whatever I can to win, thankyouverymuch!)
Jan
17
comment Self-defense against a bigger charging opponent
"If this person is a trained grappler, tap." I never though about this... +1!
Jun
4
comment What are the physical problems for a hard practitioner when he/she suddenly stop his Martial Arts workouts?
I like the question, but I agree that it could be worded in a less-speculative way.
May
21
comment Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?
Here is a video of Saito Sensei performing bokken suburi. You can see the vertical positioning at ~7:15.
Jan
24
comment Fighting styles that use a katana from the beginning
I practice/teach at an Aikikai dojo, and we have a weekly weapons class anyone is welcome to attend. But it's very stylized and, as @Sardathrion said, mostly serves to improve one's Aikido.
Dec
28
comment How to get rid of fear of fighting
related: martialarts.stackexchange.com/questions/241/…
Nov
19
comment What rate should I be learning tai chi and qi gong?
Good Answer! And +1 in particular for "If you feel like that what you're doing in class is useless or isn't right for you, then you are always free to choose something else or go somewhere else."
Nov
16
comment Are any Martial Arts Reality Shows/Documentaries useful to watch?
I found Fight Science and Human Weapon nice for the physics breakdowns.
Sep
17
comment Aikido Forward Roll
+1 for an awesome answer!
Sep
17
comment Aikido Forward Roll
This is a really good mental training tool for beginning rolls, +1!
Sep
7
comment Aikido ikkyo variations
oooo, got me there! :)
Sep
2
comment Avoiding breath lockups
+1 for, among other things, "So step 1 is to trust that everyone in the room you are practicing has probably had this problem before, either in this or in another art". Five years into Aikido and I still have problems with breathing.
Aug
16
comment Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?
Also there's a big difference between a sponsored dojo and a dojo that teaches ideology. They do not necessarily equate.
Aug
16
comment Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?
Absolutely I oppose these, though I don't mean to say they shouldn't exist. I don't believe that any student should blindly follow their instructors, just as much as I don't believe instructors should require their students to do so. Also, I don't believe that such information is necessary for training; while it may lead to a deeper understanding of the art and its history/culture, it does not by necessity mean better technique (though of course it's possible).
Mar
23
comment What exercises help to develop frontal leg speed?
Nice and thorough answer! +1 :)
Mar
23
comment What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?
@Dave, only a few times, and my opponent was never a high-ranked BJJ person. There were always cracks in their defenses that I could wiggle and break through. Not to mention my arms were always free to perform pressure point techniques. Granted, I only had a few mere moments, but I made those moments absolute hell for my opponent. :) I've gotten ears (nearly disfigured a good friend!), accidentally relaxed funny bones, knees and other leg points, I've gotten groin shots, elbow jabs at ribs, and a lot more too. Nobody's perfect, except maybe the best. And they don't spar. :P
Mar
23
comment What exercises help to develop frontal leg speed?
"Speed has little to do with strength", very true, but only after a certain point. For many, an increase in strength will also increase their speed. But you're right; after that it's about minimizing movement and contraction, to perform the least number of necessary muscle movements as possible.
Feb
8
comment Where do kneeling and bowing down in Kung Fu come from?
Though in general, the gesture recognizes that you are submitting and giving respect to the person to whom you are bowing, as at that moment they could cut your head off! :)