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Jan
28
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
This answer is relevant, as are several of the others. The short answer is that martial arts, trained correctly, increase someone's hand-to-hand combat ability. That's not useful in all scenarios. Whether that makes it "inadequate" is a fuzzy question.
Jan
22
comment An Ontology of Combat
@Trevoke Since I don't think there are ontologies in the sense that the OP is looking for, I decided that the closest relative would be a fine answer. But no, it definitely doesn't answer the question as stated.
Jan
6
comment What are good exercises for building grip strength for judo and BJJ?
Relevant reddit thread, espousing towel-grip pull-ups: reddit.com/r/bjj/comments/161gh2/…
Dec
24
comment How can I keep my back straight in my horse stance?
Squat.
Dec
22
comment What type of brace should I use for the jumpers knee injury (patellar tendinopathy)?
Did your doctor recommend a knee brace? This comes very close to medical recommendation.
Dec
21
comment What are the most effective exercises (hojo undō or otherwise) for martial arts?
@THelper Osu! Thanks. It's a great question.
Dec
16
comment What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?
Can you clarify the baseball bat analogy? I think any reasonable person would prefer being hit with a baseball bat end-on, rather than hit with a swing.
Dec
7
comment Is kickboxing or boxing particularly dangerous?
I would also question your use of the term "short term" to describe the evidence of brain injury in amateur boxing. From the article you link: "The boxers who participated in the study competed on the top-level of Swedish boxing and all had fought at least 47 bouts." These are world class amateur boxers; the amateur refers to whether they take pro bouts, not their level of involvement in the sport, which is quite extensive and certainly not short term.
Dec
7
comment Is kickboxing or boxing particularly dangerous?
I edited your Livestrong link to point directly to the BBC reportage, though it still lacks a link to the study. (If you think I erred, please feel free to roll it back or re-edit.) I think the distinction between pro and amateur is worth noting here. My answer on concussions (linked above) addresses this.
Dec
6
comment Finding my center (hara / t'an t'ien)
The idea that it takes ten years to feel and use one's center is complete hogwash.
Dec
5
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
A friend of mine noted that a remarkable number of barfights in Japan led to two drunk men vigorously trying to osotogari each other.
Dec
5
comment How do I choose a boxing glove?
What are you getting the glove for? Training at a gym, training at home, hitting a bag, competition?
Dec
1
comment How to select the right Aikido dojo
Could you excerpt it here, or convert this to a comment, to prevent linkrot and add value?
Dec
1
comment How can I judge the competency of a teacher?
This question is so close to an upvote, but the black-and-whiteness of the negatives, plus the idea that only someone with 20 years experience could judge someone's skill, makes me reluctantly leave it alone.
Nov
30
comment Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
You had me on the history...and lost me with the idea that kicks aren't useful for fighting.
Nov
27
comment How dangerous is it to choke someone unconscious or to be choked unconscious?
Here's a case where someone familiar with jiujitsu was choked, but not choked unconscious, the choke "felt different", and had a stroke three weeks later that he blames on that choke. If this were prevalent it would be worrying, but it seems more like a less-common relative of commotio cordis, which is a pre-existing condition combined with normal athletic activity, which together causes death.
Nov
21
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
It hasn't been enough for a downvote, but I've always disagreed with the idea that humans don't stand so well. Wrestling a resisting opponent to the ground is hard.
Nov
20
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
@aberration Either MMA fights count as evidence, or they don't. If they do, then we have to look at the tremendous, overwhelming success and prevalence of going to the ground in many matches, particularly early UFCs like 1 to 15, as well as modern fights like GSP/Condit, where the fight was won on the ground. If MMA doesn't count as evidence, then why does Mir not taking down Dos Santos matter?
Nov
20
comment What is a good push-up routine to build punch strength?
Counter stslavik, there is a correlation between muscle strength and the power of one's strikes. How else would one move one's arm? Of course technique is important, but the idea that everyone who is strong is "muscle bound" is hogwash. Do sprinters shy away from deadlifts because they'll get too strong? (A: only if their deadlift is already awesome.)
Nov
19
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
@Trevoke I'm not 100% sure which parts you regard as which, but I organized it in order of relevance to the majority of readers. That is, I think people should know that my experience of solo kata was that they're often useless, that they have major drawbacks for the purposes people claim they're used for, and they have some minor benefits, though historically they were used as a kludge or for militaristic indoctrination.