Reputation
13,254
Next tag badge:
216/400 score
46/80 answers
Badges
27 62
Newest
 Pundit
Impact
~389k people reached

Aug
24
comment Men hitting women too hard in martial arts
Leg sweeps and joint locks are appropriate if the sparring rules allow for them.
Aug
24
comment Men hitting women too hard in martial arts
The OP's profile states "I am a beginning martial artist...I train in Jeet Kune Do, Pencak Silat, Wing Chun, Southern Five Animal Kung Fu, Kali, Modern Arnis, Balintawak, Boxing, Viking Glima, Irish Stick, Catch as catch can wrestling, Esgrima Criolla, native american warrior arts from the Cherokee, Navajo, Inuit, Apache and Cheyenne." It also seems likely that the level of contact varies from, say, boxing to wing chun. (Also, see the OP's other, related question.) It sounds like hard sparring is not right for you at the moment, Bethany.
Aug
15
comment Men hitting women too hard in martial arts
What martial art is this? Are sweeps part of your knife sparring? Do you bruise easily? Why are you training at three different schools? What kind of force is supposed to be used in training—full, no-contact, light or medium contact?
Aug
12
comment Training two martial arts at the same time, on the same days of the week?
@Marra Pre-established sequences should never be called sparring. Sparring means the absence of rote patterns and sequences.
Aug
10
comment What to do with a grabbed leg?
This doesn't really answer the question. It's a general discussion of high kicks.
Jul
29
comment “Modern” Boxing Gloves & Punching Technique
If you restrict the question to the modern boxing glove then this is a fantastic question.
Jul
28
comment What is the best way to improve my conditioning for martial arts
@CortAmmon I am completely flummoxed by that distinction, since it seems nonsensical and I've never encountered it. Strength training is resistance training, and weight training is a member of both. Could you point me to a place where this distinction is made, or a person who uses this terminology?
Jul
27
comment What is the best way to improve my conditioning for martial arts
@Sardathrion It's also unclear how resistance is distinct from strength.
Jul
27
comment What is the best way to improve my conditioning for martial arts
-1 opinion doesn't count for much against decades of sports science.
Jul
27
comment What is the best way to improve my conditioning for martial arts
What martial art are you training for? This is overly broad until that is part of the question.
Jul
20
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
I guess I'm still not clear on how this trick relates to qi. Are you saying qi is skillful striking? I'm also still unclear on why the high-frequency vibrations, which would be dead-simple to identify with common physics equipment, haven't been found.
Jul
20
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
A "a high-frequency vibration controlled by the mind and integrated by mind/body coordination into an ultra-fast wave-like unit" is an easily tested phenomenon. It's also not clear to me at all how breaking sugar canes balanced on eggs, or breaking the bottom of two bricks, demonstrates anything qi-like instead of a regular physical phenomenon.
Jul
20
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
I'm not sure if it's best to completely replace this answer with a different one...it might be better to revert this answer and just add a new one separately.
Jul
16
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
I hear you on the last 3 comments, but that approach raises a problem when the word distracts people. For instance, the supernatural connotations of the word 'qi' both A) attracts disproportionate attention compared to the (amazing) strength feats of Olympic lifters, gymnasts, and combat athletes (which require just as much dedication and have just as much relevance to MA) and B) often leads people away from the hard training that would lead to accomplishing impressive martial feats. Using the word 'qi' turns into a misleading advertising tactic instead of a useful descriptor.
Jul
15
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
Whether someone "believes in qi" depends whether "qi" in that instance means something akin to "heavy hands" in boxing (or "power" in wrestling), or something more like "magic" in Penn & Teller's routine. Nobody can perform sleight-of-hand "magic" unless they've trained "magic", but that doesn't mean there's something "there". This is exactly analogous to performing feats like 'needle thru glass' or 'unbendable arm', which can be explained reasonably as physical phenomena that we refer to with the acknowledged-as-vague term 'qi' or ridiculously as supernatural powers that we call 'qi'.
Jul
15
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
I agree with everything in the beginning about "qi" being an amorphous description like "love"...but then you propose a bunch of tests and drills, which you say demonstrate something "there". That doesn't make any sense! Either we're talking about a vague term like, for instance, "heavy hands" in boxing (which refers to a grab bag of elements like timing, hip power, efficiency, and whole-body coordination), or we're talking about a specific kind of force or thing. When you ask "is qi effective for fighting" then only the latter ridiculous definition makes sense.
Jul
13
comment What is a fast way for a beginner to experience qi unambiguously in their own body?
"You won't find anything unambiguously uniquely Brazilian Jujitsu in a hold or a joint manipulation until you take some time in that art either." What? "that's not unambiguous, because it's actually 1 foot in front of me" What? The analogy to math is even more ludicrous: math is the name for the principles and relationships and methods you describe, for which we have no alternative explanations. The kid didn't use intuition, they used math. In contrast, examples of qi always have alternative explanations.
Jul
10
comment What is a fast way for a beginner to experience qi unambiguously in their own body?
What part of "what you can expect" is qi? It all sounds like what I'd expect from working at any physical challenge over time. Are you defining qi as the feeling of relaxation when one is standing properly?
Jul
10
comment What is a fast way for a beginner to experience qi unambiguously in their own body?
@mattm Regarding visualization: lots of people not otherwise considered to be mentally ill convince themselves that they feel demons inside them, or that they feel magic flowing through their arms, or that they're experiencing past lives. Relying on self-produced feelings to prove or define something is not exactly sturdy ground.
Jul
10
comment What is a fast way for a beginner to experience qi unambiguously in their own body?
What are these "real", "unexpected, and unambiguous feelings that arise over sustained practice"? Obviously some feeling will occur while doing anything 30 minutes a day for 100 days, so how do we distinguish the qi feeling from the non-qi feeling? Or does literally anything resulting from this practice qualify as a qi feeling?