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Aug
23
comment If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?
+1 Nice overview of how to watch classes for a safety issue while evaluating a school.
Aug
21
comment How can a teacher recognize that a student has progressed from 'ha' to 'ri'?
Your second comment to this answer: "I am asking about the transition". Your third comment to this answer: "my question...is about the state". But again, my point is that we're not talking about something concrete like being a 2nd dan or having beaten opponent X. These are concepts that refer to states, but the states do not have hard edges, and the "passing from ha to ri" that your question refers to (aka the transition) is intrinsically not well-defined.
Aug
21
comment How can a teacher recognize that a student has progressed from 'ha' to 'ri'?
@Trevoke You literally just said in your first comment that the Q is about the transition, then in your next comment that it's about the state. But that's irrelevant, because my point is that the definition of mastery/enlightenment/*ri*, being innately amorphous, is prey to the sorites paradox.
Aug
20
comment How can a teacher recognize that a student has progressed from 'ha' to 'ri'?
@Trevoke Could you point me to an authoritative reference that defines enlightenment specifically and concretely? Perhaps we are not meeting minds about the meaning of the term "concrete". Same with mastery--we can point to Marcelo Garcia and say he's mastered the rear naked choke, but there's a problem (which you might recognize from the "heap" in comp sci): at what date and time did he go from not having mastery to having mastery?
Aug
20
comment How can a teacher recognize that a student has progressed from 'ha' to 'ri'?
+1, not least for the use of the word "andragogical".
Aug
19
comment If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?
@DaveNewton Please see this answer. A career boxer's tolerance for low levels of brain damage, whether limited temporary issues due to concussions or more severe due to ongoing competition, is different from a mathematician's. It isn't unique to math, but people have varying levels of tolerance for the issues raised by getting hit in the brain.
Aug
17
comment What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?
I agree strongly w/r/t distance and language/culture; I think incorporating your comment into your post would improve it. I don't really see the mechanism for longer limbs promoting longer movements...if everybody is 4'11'', kicking people in the head is the same as if everybody is 6', no?
Aug
16
comment Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?
+1 because I agree, though I think "blindly following" applies equally to technique and philosophy.
Aug
16
comment Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?
@MattChan "if you are training in one of those particular arts" is the key phrase. One's rejection might lead one to train in a non-religious art.
Aug
16
comment War is a continuation of policy/politics/diplomacy by other means
Why wouldn't it be? People expand their martial arts study to first aid, crisis counselling, history...it's just personal preference. I guess I'm saying this question is overly broad or subjective.
Aug
16
comment Should political/religious discussions be allowed inside the training place?
So you're opposed to the bevy of Christian karate in the Bible belt? What about Buddhism in karate, or Daoism in judo? Where's the line on religion?
Aug
16
comment Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?
Unfortunately BJJ is the only arena that I've seen gi specifically tailored for women. I'm not too familiar with the topic, though. :)
Aug
16
comment What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?
And these vast distances and genetic and cultural differences would suggest disparity generally, not towards any specific types of disparity, e.g. such-and-such techniques for the south and such-and-such stances for the north?
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?