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Aug
28
comment Choosing the right one for self-defense purpose?
@DavidH.Clements What is keeping this question closed?
Aug
27
comment How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?
@stslavik Didn't see the request for PP link till just now -- it's this one: encrypted.google.com/… aka aasgaardco.com/store/…
Aug
25
comment Choosing the right one for self-defense purpose?
For some discussion on which arts handle self-defense, this question is a good start. My question about what kind of self-defense you want is described in one of my answers there.
Aug
25
comment Choosing the right one for self-defense purpose?
@Kyaw Could you provide more detail about your situation? What kind of self-defense are you looking for? What schools are available to you?
Aug
23
comment If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?
@pm_2 True, but if full-contact is allowed, people are going to go full-contact sometimes. It helps me score more points if my opponent is dazed after getting his bell rung.
Aug
23
comment If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?
The risk of concussion isn't "high". I said: "Head injuries aren't common in those arts but the risk of concussion is definitely present." For instance, I love judo, judo is safe, but judo has a slight risk of concussion so is not the right choice for someone who wants to train without risk of concussion. That person should be very wary of training an art focused on kicking people in the head, but a light-contact WTF TKD school could a good choice.
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.