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Dec
9
comment Could Bushi Ban martial arts prepare me for the Olympics?
@DavidH.Clements I apologize for my bias towards unarmed combat. Perhaps you could you edit my answer to include fencing? I assume firearms don't count because combat sports require competition against a live opponent instead of a target.
Dec
4
comment Controlling my emotions during sparring
I actually believe the opposite: those with lesser experience should mostly be sparring with more-experienced partners so that pairs of novices don't hurt each other with technique-less brawling.
Dec
2
comment Can I be bulky and fast at the same time?
@cameron If you have another question, ask it separately or in comments instead of editing this question. Also, try to use proper grammar.
Nov
30
comment I'm totally new to Tai Chi How to learn it and where to learn it?
If you don't care about fighting applications or self-defense, any tai chi DVD would be fine. If you do care about self-defense then the answers to the other question would be helpful.
Nov
30
comment How can one practice well alone?
Mental rehearsal is great, but it doesn't allow you to retain 99% of your skill over a year of not training with partners unless your original skill level was abysmal.
Nov
27
comment Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?
@Trevoke Maybe that's because it's paired with "funny Asian pajamas" and is intended to critique the practice a little. The latter part of the term is not without prior art: see Peter Urban's classic The Karate Dojo.
Nov
27
comment Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?
Happens to the best of us.
Nov
27
comment Getting my (do)gi white again
Bleach is generally contraindicated for washing grappling gi, since it weakens the fabric.
Nov
26
comment Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?
All the Oyama biographies report that he learned Chinese first, as a boy working on a farm, before learning Shotokan later. The fact that lower-grade Kyokushin kata are more rigid is, I would contend, a pedagogical choice. I would note that orthodox Shotokan shares that progression towards more circular, flowing kata at the advanced levels.
Nov
25
comment Why are ankles wrapped in Muay Thai?
@JuannStrauss As long as you're clear about it, I think it's fine. We're not drowning in answers here.
Nov
25
comment Why are ankles wrapped in Muay Thai?
@JuannStrauss Your comment would be a fine answer.
Nov
24
comment Why are ankles wrapped in Muay Thai?
@slugster Hand wraps, or ankle wraps?
Nov
20
comment When training for more than 90 minutes is it advisable to take a break to recuperate?
Either way, I think the warning needs to be rephrased to be anything but laughable. If one could "damage your organs" without "carb drink" for longer than "an hour doing anything intensive" then we'd have an epidemic of tens of millions of people hitting the ER from playing soccer, judo, running, football...
Nov
20
comment When training for more than 90 minutes is it advisable to take a break to recuperate?
Are you seriously claiming that an hour of intense exercise requires salty sugar drinks in order not to damage one's organs? That's absurd on its face. Millions of people train longer and harder than that without ill effects on their (unspecified) organs.
Nov
20
comment When training for more than 90 minutes is it advisable to take a break to recuperate?
Yeah, we definitely need more detail on the structure of practice, when/how you start having trouble, how long you've been training and on what schedule.
Nov
20
comment When training for more than 90 minutes is it advisable to take a break to recuperate?
You need to add more detail on the content of these practices. Are you looking for an exercise-science answer on optimally designing a workout--which would only really help an instructor--or for a good way to handle hard training?
Nov
18
comment Effectiveness of low kick to inner thigh of opponent's leading leg in mauy thai boxing?
@Vass Not more so than most other strikes. An outside low kick, jab, body punch, and even the cross don't usually knock people out. They don't need to do so to be effective. Also, see the sherdog link for plenty of knockdowns from this kick.
Nov
17
comment Martial arts for building self confidence
@JohnP The part I appreciate isn't "judo or BJJ". It's "Live sparring is essential." I've known too many people teaching martial arts that don't (and can't!) have confidence in their skills because they never pressure-test them in full-contact sparring or competition. That is the divide that matters between hard and soft training.
Nov
15
comment Martial arts for building self confidence
This answer is on point. Well said.
Nov
14
comment Can there be too much training?
You'd be wrong. Some people train hard.