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Apr
10
revised What is Fa-jin?
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Apr
9
answered What is Fa-jin?
Mar
5
comment How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?
Couldn't agree more. +10
Jan
23
comment Force with a spear
True, but I guess we are talking about different experience here. I do see a lot of straight linear movements and some very sharp angle movements in the style of pike form. These are extremely fast and dangerous even with relatively little training one can handle a pike or similar pole weapon fast and with lots of power. Also the range of a pike can be surprisingly variable as it is possible to quickly retract it or extend as needed.
Jan
8
answered How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?
Jan
1
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Jan
1
comment Is it possible to become expert in different martial arts
I like this answer, but I'd like to shorten it up into: "Get a solid base from one MA. After that you are likely better informed of both - what you want and what a martial art can give you so you can make an informed decision if and what you should learn next."
Dec
18
answered What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?
Nov
20
answered Are any Martial Arts Reality Shows/Documentaries useful to watch?
Oct
16
comment Force with a spear
I take issue with the claim that pole weapons are slow. To claim that polearms are slow to move, means you have next to no experience in handling one or fighting against one. In even moderately skilled hands, the pole arm can be extremely fast, powerful and dangerous weapon. It's only voulnerability is its length - it is next to unusable in confined spaces and once an opponent gets inside its reach, it is useless against shorter weapons.
Oct
16
comment What are the signs *not* to train at a specific school?
I would object to the rule no. 7 as this only applies in certain cultures (i.e. US and other ovelawyered countries)
Oct
3
comment How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?
@DaveLiepmann - I tend to agree with stslavik in the assertion that the main trouble is bad (or lacking) form of the hand when delivering a punch. Focusing only on increasing wrist strength without fixing the root issue of wrist alignment in the punch will perhaps mask the issue in the short run, but in the long run it will most likely be opening the way for even worse injury down the road.
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?
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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?
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Jun
8
revised How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
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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?