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Jun
11
comment What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
"[T]he earliest reference to "The Dharma" or Bodhidharma as the originator of Shaolin boxing [was] in a widely popular novel, The Travels of Lao Ts'an first published in Illustrated Fiction Magazine between 1904-1907." Stanley Henning, destroyer of martial arts myths, in Ignorance, Legend, and Taiijiquan.
Jun
11
revised What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
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Jun
11
comment What exactly is Kalaripayattu?
Could you excerpt the contents of the links you referenced, instead of just laying them out? We want the content to remain even if the link dies.
Jun
11
answered What is the oldest documented Eastern Martial Art that is still practiced?
Jun
11
comment Straight punch to the head and knockout
My answer that I linked to addresses that. But I think it's ethical, particularly in a scenario where A) you and your opponent are healthy and have agreed to those terms, or B) your assailant is trying to do physical harm, perhaps severe, to you.
Jun
11
comment Straight punch to the head and knockout
Maybe this answer will alleviate some of your fears. Repeated KOs over years is no bueno, and there are freak accidents, but a knockout or two is generally not enormously harmful.
Jun
11
comment Straight punch to the head and knockout
-1 I want to knock someone out if I'm competing in boxing, kickboxing or MMA, or if I'm defending myself. Both scenarios are totally ethical.
Jun
10
comment What glasses can I wear for martial arts training?
+1 This is what I did until I got laser eye surgery.
Jun
7
revised What are tai chi's high-percentage push hands techniques?
incorporating detail from comments
Jun
6
comment Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
Do you use it for anything but kata?
Jun
6
comment How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
Excellent answer. This description of the relationship between the two practices, and the progression from general taiji practice to sanshou, is exactly what I was looking for.
Jun
6
accepted How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
Jun
6
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Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Ho-ShengHsiao That's bonkers. The sticks with etching split faster, again and again. Identical sticks without etching consistently lasted longer with less or no splitting. I don't need a double-blind study on this one.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Ho-ShengHsiao Also, note the first clause of my second paragraph.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Ho-ShengHsiao Do you really think I need an authoritative source for the fact that cutting a stick makes it more prone to splitting/splintering? The fact that etchings caused several issues in sticks that I and my dojo-mates used isn't sufficient?
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Trevoke The etchings that I dealt with were deep. Very shallow etching, like in metalwork, might not be a problem. Again, if we're talking about sticks for hitting, it's a safety issue that I would recommend against.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Ho-ShengHsiao Personal experience with sticks long and short used in karate for kata, kihon, and kumite. I experienced the issue I spoke of.
Jun
5
answered Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
Jun
5
comment What are tai chi's high-percentage push hands techniques?
Awesome! Could you give some detail on how its applied? Do you have maybe an example? (An image or video would be super-swell.)