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I'm a developer, (surprise - eh!)

For the last 5 years or so I've been professionally involved in writing Java in and with Eclipse (using big E both - as an IDE and as a platform)

From the past, I still harbour some softness for Python language and web (client side) technologies like HTML, CSS and Javascript. Occasionally dusting off my knowledge of these and keeping them from completely rusting away...

In my more distant youth I've also dabbled in wide range of languages and technologies, starting from BASIC, followed up bu Pascal, bits and pieces of C/C++ (enough to shoot myself in a foot), just a tad bit of assembler (just enough to know that is not the kind of programming I would love to do for any extended period of time), various of dialects of SQL, perl and bunch of stuff that don't even measuer up to being mentioned...


Oct
2
comment For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?
@DaveLiepmann: I do not quite get what was your message - if you tried to imply that taiji is a forms-only practice, then I would strongly disagree as I am an avid practitioner of taiji and can testify that true practice includes much more than just slow moving forms practice.
Jul
17
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
I don't really like this answer. You can't really learn to fight just by learning and perfecting the form. If you don't believe me, you have not probably fought anybody outside your own school. Don't get me wrong - forms/katas are good learning aid but on their own they fall short as a method of teaching martial skill.
Jun
12
revised How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
added 31 characters in body
Jun
9
comment How can I try to engage students who don't really want to be there?
I would agree with you, but not entirely for the same reason though. I'd just say not to waist your energy on the ones who are not willing to give you back anything. Worrying about those who are not willing to learn will simply burn you out in the long run.
Jun
9
revised What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
Minor syntactic improvements
Jun
8
revised How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
some syntactic sugar
Jun
6
comment What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?
Great answer. I specially liked the parallel between physical and mental structures.
Jun
6
answered What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
Jun
6
awarded  Editor
Jun
6
revised How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
Worked a bit on my answer
Jun
5
answered How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
Jun
5
comment What is the application for tai chi's single whip?
Well, you can use a hook to pull down or shake an opponent before striking or pushing with your fist for one.
Jun
5
awarded  Critic
Jun
5
answered What aspects of health does form-based tai chi improve?
May
23
answered What is the application for tai chi's single whip?
May
23
awarded  Teacher
May
23
answered How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?
May
2
awarded  Supporter