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comment Origin of the “pinyon” in Villari's Shaolin-Kempo-Karate system?
Thanks for showing up and giving such a detailed answer! By the way, I trained under Sensei Ken Smith when he was up in Massachusetts, until he (and I, actually) moved in 1998. I see that your school is about 10 minutes from where he is, now (villarisroyalpalm.com/index.html). Have you met him? How's things going for him? I'm sure he probably doesn't remember me, at this point. I greatly enjoyed his training, though.
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accepted Origin of the “pinyon” in Villari's Shaolin-Kempo-Karate system?
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comment What can one do to avoid entering a grappling situation?
@DaveLiepmann I never met someone with such experience (my highschool didn't even have a wrestling team). So you may have a point.
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answered What can one do to avoid entering a grappling situation?
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comment Origin of the “pinyon” in Villari's Shaolin-Kempo-Karate system?
When I was studying Villari's system, I was taught 1 and 2 pinan, as well as 1, 2, and 3 kata. I don't recall the order in which they were taught to me, but I remember learning all of those.
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comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
A hanging actually causes instant death. It is not designed to suffocate. The downward drop with the head being secured with a noose actually causes separation of the head and the neck, effectively decapitating the victim. Just to be clear.
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comment What martial arts cultural remedies are there to avoid and relieve soreness?
Well, there is alcohol. ;)
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comment Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
Except for taekwondo. I used to spar with a friend of mine who achieved a black belt in taekwondo. He rarely kicked below the knee.
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comment Straight punch to the head and knockout
By "lever effect" I was referring to the fact that you could envision the skull as a sort of lever, with the braincase on one end, the chin on the other, and the place where the spine attaches to the skull as the fulcrum. It's easier to get movement from striking the chin as opposed to the top of the skull (and a little less prone to injuries on the part of the striker). Of course it depends on the position of the head and angle of the strike, too. If someone's chin is tucked in, it'd be much less effective than if they stuck it out.
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answered Straight punch to the head and knockout
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answered Explaining how to breathe deeply
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comment What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?
@DaveLiepmann I do not know your definition of "productive", but that is also very subjective. As I mentioned in chat, it also does encourage greater flexibility. Agreed that tiring and difficult doesn't mean anything on its own. However, tai chi practice means you're working yourself, potentially to muscle failure, regularly. Over time, your body builds strength and flexibility to match. As this goes on, it is customary to push yourself ever further.
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comment What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?
@DaveLiepmann Although, also, it is not necessarily easy to hold the forms, especially if they're being performed slowly. Standing in stance for long periods actually can be quite tiring, even if you aren't infirm.
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comment What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?
@DaveLiepmann Probably, ya. Though I suppose, then, it depends on your goals. If your goal is to do tai chi, then doing tai chi a lot will work the right muscles enough so that you can do tai chi. If you want something else, then you may need something else.
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comment What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?
I suppose you could say, then, that it does what it's intended to do very well. It's also good to note that the benefit isn't necessarily negated because other things can bring you further. Not everyone needs powerlifting-class strength, and not everyone needs contortionist-level flexibility.
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answered How and when martial art was originated, who originated it?
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