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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
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
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
comment What exercises are safe (or not) for total beginners?
Very similar question.
Mar
6
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
I made a first pass for excerpts. That's a great article--an excellent overview. Thanks for sharing.
Mar
5
comment Tips for faster recovery after training
The term is "recovery" and it's an extremely broad topic in sports exercise. Could you be more specific with the type of fatigue or mode of training?
Mar
5
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
Could you excerpt (or would you mind if I excerpted) some of the relevant sections? We want to avoid losing info due to link rot.
Mar
4
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
@Wudang My impression, and I could be wrong, was that porous/multi-style CMA was more common historically compared to modern tai chi.
Mar
1
comment Are martial arts helpful in dealing with pain from a sedentary lifestyle?
In contrast, while I'm not terribly excited about the hernia question, at least that was a clear diagnosis, and you were sharing your personal experience with what the OP was asking about. In this question you're trying to diagnosis the OP's knee issues and you're already tossing out guesses as to the cause of the OP's shoulder trouble. You're saying it's probably bursitis when the sum total of your knowledge is 1. it's the shoulder and 2. some doctor said it was probably related to computer time.
Mar
1
comment How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?
Concussions are a factor in judo, wrestling, boxing, and kickboxing, and there's a significant contingent in each of those sports that consider the activity to be spiritual training. That's part and parcel of hard-sparring arts.
Mar
1
comment Are martial arts helpful in dealing with pain from a sedentary lifestyle?
OP wrote "I am a research scholar and I have to dedicate a lot of time everyday in front of the computer. This leads to pain in my knees and shoulder. I consulted with doctors and they suggested me some elementary physical exercises.". From that you wrote "The pain in your shoulder is most likely caused by referred nerve pain or a localised tendonitis/bursitis (most likely your bicep tendon or a rotator cuff inflamation)." To me, that's an Internet Diagnosis that we should avoid.
Mar
1
comment Are martial arts helpful in dealing with pain from a sedentary lifestyle?
-1 Please don't try to diagnose someone's medical issues over the internet with less than two sentences to go on.
Feb
28
comment Frequency of Martial Arts lessons
@dmckee Your comment would make a fine answer.
Feb
28
comment How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?
Editing the post would be fine. The idea of Stack Exchange is to make quality answers that help all readers, not just the original poster, so edits are encouraged.
Feb
28
comment How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?
I'm just quibbling over the word "worthy". Plenty of quality schools don't have room for someone who wants to pick and choose which parts of practice they'll do. Still a good answer, still upvoted, but if someone's not a good fit for a martial arts school because they don't want to train martial arts, then I think calling the school unworthy is a little odd.