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Jul
18
revised How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
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Jul
17
answered How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
Jun
25
comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
Re: The catch thing - you said yourself that people have issues catching with their off hand because they don't usually catch with their off hand. Train both sides and you can use both sides. It may take a while to train the off side, but it can be done. Good examples of this are bellydancers (they can flex their obliques without moving over muscles, not to mention isolating the three sections of front abdominal muscles, which is really hard to do), and jugglers (can catch with either hand).
May
1
comment Is weight training useful in martial arts?
To add to this, in my experience, weight lifting (StrongLifts, specifically) has helped me if for no other reason than learning my limits and forms for certain things. For example, learning to deadlift has helped me learn how to do a particular body slam that we do for practising/testing rear breakfalls, if for no other reason than teaching good lifting form.
Apr
26
answered How can you practice wrist locks/grappling holds without a partner?
Apr
10
comment How effective are different pricing structures for martial arts studios?
To add, the dojo I attend works on a "per belt" basis, which is three months per belt (or four months, for white belt). It allows for many of the advantages of both the monthly and the contract (though there is no contract), because of the slightly longer commitment (lowering attrition). Additionally, I've seen dojos charge on a monthly basis, but only allow 2 classes per week (and charge for each additional), effectively nullifying the per-class savings. So always ask about their structure and class allowances.
Apr
2
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Apr
2
accepted How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
Mar
31
awarded  Commentator
Mar
31
comment How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
@Dave (At the risk of getting "chatty"...) And what about the schools that teach for things like self defense and not for competition (and, in fact, may teach things that are illegal in competitions)? (On a side note, I think that could make a good question, if it can be asked in an objective manner.)
Mar
31
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Mar
31
revised How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
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Mar
31
comment How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
@Dave - I'd be careful with the "competition record" thing. I don't know if it's the intended meaning, but it gives the connotation that a school is only good if it's used in structured competitions, which can potentially leave out the schools that don't train to compete.
Mar
30
awarded  Student
Mar
30
asked How important is lineage when it comes to credibility or trustworthiness?
Mar
26
answered Controlling my emotions during sparring
Mar
26
comment Controlling my emotions during sparring
I read the linked one as using the adrenaline rush to one's advantage, while this one is asking for advice for keeping from getting frustrated. While they may seem the same, for those of us who get frustrated and turned off from an activity when we repeatedly get our ass handed to us, they are fundamentally different questions.
Mar
22
comment When should I run away?
I'm not sure if it's cyclical, either, but it is becoming enough of a "discussion" to be sent to the chat room. Even if we don't do it, a mod will.
Mar
21
comment When should I run away?
@Trevoke - That's probably where we'll have to agree to disagree. I also think you've gotten hung up on the "what are you willing to kill/die for?" to the point that you came under the impression that he feels every situation is a life or death one. Again, though, I think we'll have to agree to disagree, as that's not the message I got from it. When it comes down to it, though, it's your question to mark as you see fit.
Mar
21
comment When should I run away?
@Trevoke - Why can't you answer "what am I willing to kill/die for?" outside of a situation? The question has nothing to do with skill, but what for what you are willing to go to such extremes for. If I don't have the means/tools to kill my attacker, then it's a moot point (and it comes back to "what am I willing to die for?"), but if I do, then I've already come to terms with the very real possibility that the person in front of me will die by my hands. Killing someone, even in defense, is a heavy burden. IMO, you should know what is worth it to you before you're in a position to kill.