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reviewed Satisfactory What is Fa-jin?
Apr
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comment Which disciplines involve smacking away opponents' strikes?
Most blocks, when executed correctly, are effectively parries (there are exceptions like high blocks and cover ups [cant remember what this is technically called in boxing]). To the author's point, in most cases, intercepting a strike head on is a recipe for hurt (which is why they are generally taught as part of a sweeping motion).
Apr
26
comment Which disciplines involve smacking away opponents' strikes?
Are we essentially talking about parries? Pretty sure nearly every striking martial art has the concept of a parry. Bruce Lee just made it look easy (cinema choreography helps there ;) ).
Apr
18
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Position-based defense is what we teach as well - the advantage of it is that if you are able to dictate position (which is a bit easier against aggressors who want to press forward), you can essentially use the attackers themselves as shields (which tends to create confusion and frustration for the attackers). Easier said than done (which is why we practice it and actually test it as part of senior-level belt testings), but immensely useful in giving yourself a chance to escape.
Apr
18
comment What are the key changes when moving from TKD-based point-break to continuous sparring?
Just to clarify for those who might not make the connection: Olympic TKD is what is also referred to as WTF Taekwondo (which has different rules from most ITF-based organizations; for example, most ITF-based styles live off the front leg round kick and base strategies off of both closed and open sparring stances). Love the perspective from this answer, just wanted to clarify for others (since I mentioned ITF in the question)!
Mar
22
comment Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi
I think this answer is great, but I would like to throw out that from the Taekwondo perspective, traditional styles use both the instep and the ball of the foot for striking - different techniques for different activities (flat foot for training/sparring with partners, ball of foot for breaking things and opponents).
Mar
20
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Mar
5
comment How do I determine which pieces of wood I can safely attempt to break with my fist?
There's a lot of truth to @slugster's comment...
Mar
5
revised How do I determine which pieces of wood I can safely attempt to break with my fist?
Few typos corrected and some extra explanation added.
Mar
5
comment How do I determine which pieces of wood I can safely attempt to break with my fist?
Hrmmm...did not set out to write a mini-dissertation...
Mar
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answered How do I determine which pieces of wood I can safely attempt to break with my fist?
Feb
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Feb
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asked Is there any information on pre-19th century Irish weapons-based martial arts?
Feb
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asked What is the “sine wave” substyle of ITF taekwondo and how did it originate?
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accepted How do I improve my jumping technique for jumping maneuvers?
Feb
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reviewed Satisfactory Is it possible to become expert in different martial arts
Feb
8
reviewed Excellent What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?
Feb
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reviewed Needs Improvement How to get rid of fear of fighting
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reviewed Needs Improvement Where can I find Seido Resources?
Feb
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reviewed Satisfactory How do I choose a boxing glove?