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Aug
15
comment What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?
If anyone can bring solid historical evidence (or even solid oral history, e.g. "Master Po in 1600 wrote down that he put a lot of close-range techniques in the style because he fights on rice paddies") to bear on this one, I'd start and assign a bounty. I'd love to avoid a bevy of answers based on hearsay and conjecture.
Aug
15
comment Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?
@closevoter-- could you discuss your reasoning? For the OP-- when are these discussions occurring? During technique, sparring, after class, in the changing room?
Aug
15
comment Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
@stslavik What was their basis for saying so?
Aug
15
comment Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?
Who is claiming that it does not, and on what basis?
Aug
15
comment How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
@Ephraim Your comment would make for a great answer. I disagree on some points but it's something that should be one of the answers.
Aug
14
comment How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
@KeithNicholas Since most of the benefit for many people is in the writing (not the organizing or reading), it might not matter. Jot down the technique of the day after class, review your pile of notes occasionally, and chat with your instructor about ways to chunk the information or subset the most important techniques. (For instance, Marcelo is very particular about a small list of broadly-defined guard passes.) Or, start a tumblog and use tags diligently.
Aug
14
comment Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?
That's awesome. Any chance you could get a pic or two?
Aug
14
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Aug
14
comment How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
If you integrated the comments into your answer it would be a great answer.
Aug
14
comment How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
What style is practiced in your school where it's encouraged? What's the student/teacher ratio?
Aug
14
answered How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
Aug
10
comment What exactly is Kalaripayattu?
@MattChan When someone asks about effectiveness of a martial art, I would say that without further context, we should assume they are asking for effectiveness at fighting, that is, for defeating other human beings in violent contexts.
Aug
9
revised Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
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Aug
9
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
@MattChan I read it as unscripted violence faced by civilians, i.e. the fights one might find oneself in.
Aug
8
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
+1, especially for the last paragraph.
Aug
8
revised Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
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Aug
8
answered Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
Aug
8
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
@RobinAshe Good point; I should've been more specific. Statistics on the frequency of the fight going to the ground in MMA aren't very useful with regards to real-life scenarios for a number of reasons. As you note, the mechanisms one can see in MMA are absolutely golden and should be taken to heart.
Aug
8
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
Though honestly it blows my mind that the Marines teach the armbar from mount in that document. In my mind it's one of the worst options in the contexts Marines would likely be in, with the goals they would likely have.
Aug
8
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
Nice answer; that might be the source I was thinking of...