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Mar
25
revised How to get rid of fear of fighting
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Mar
25
comment How to get rid of fear of fighting
-1 this avoids sparring instead of dealing with the issue.
Mar
23
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Mar
22
comment Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi
@Lex You're right about the distance element; I'd forgotten. Of course that's even more of an issue with the muay Thai round kick using the shin, which is still very effective. Personally I get a lot of mileage out of the "question mark" setup (i.e., chambering like a front kick) for the roundhouse kick to the head.
Mar
22
answered Mawashi Gheri Vs Dollyo Chagi
Mar
19
revised Rule 1: Cardio. What exercises are worth doing to increase cardiovascular fitness?
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Mar
18
comment Are there any benefits to Sitting Seiza?
I sit seiza, there's nothing wrong with sitting seiza, but I find it interesting to note that many explanations of the benefits of traditional practices are post-hoc rationalizations. Looking for reasons to do something after already choosing to do it means that we're looking for excuses to follow tradition instead of choosing a goal (e.g. strengthening the legs and hips, or meditating, or developing posture, or increasing our flexibility) and researching the optimal methods to achieve that goal.
Mar
14
comment How to get rid of fear of fighting
Very cool quote; thanks.
Mar
14
answered Training while exhausted
Mar
14
revised Is weight training useful in martial arts?
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Mar
14
answered What can I practice to remove tension from my movements
Mar
14
comment What can I practice to remove tension from my movements
I'm no expert, but I think your edit is accurate.
Mar
14
comment What can I practice to remove tension from my movements
There's better in this book, but Tom Kurz' Science of Sports Training page 267 (under Technical Exercises in a Workout) notes, "If, at the initial stages of learning a technique, athletes are allowed to get tired, their fatigue will alter the technique and incorrect technique will be learned, perhaps permanently." On the next page he notes "One [technical] workout can be done at the end of the microcycle, when the athlete is tired [from previous workouts in the week], to learn how to use the technique in adverse conditions. In this workout only well-mastered techniques should be practiced."
Mar
14
comment What can I practice to remove tension from my movements
I see this "train while exhausted" advice all the time in martial arts; but sport science has shown it to be counterproductive for learning proper technique in many manner of sport.
Mar
8
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
@DaveNewton That would buoy my spirits. It's the coolest part.
Mar
7
revised What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
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Mar
7
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
@DaveNewton I found this PDF that seems to mirror the stone lock, at least. ymaa.com/files/B1361-Hojo-sample.pdf I'm surprised that the Okinawans dropped or lost the practice of tossing them in favor of just doing stances and kata with them--it seems much less useful application of the tool.
Mar
6
comment What exercises are safe (or not) for total beginners?
I understand what you mean, in that the questions are similar and yours is first. However, I think both stand on their own and are not exact duplicates. The answers here focus more on the "what exercises should I avoid" and "what exercises require no knowledge", whereas the other one focuses on "what preparatory work should I do". I wouldn't be opposed if they were merged, however. Closing the other one would be misguided in my view.
Mar
6
answered What exercises are safe (or not) for total beginners?
Mar
6
comment What exercises are safe (or not) for total beginners?
Very similar question.