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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...


Jun
25
comment How harmful are kicks to the private parts in krav maga?
I would also advise to develop your own defences against groin attacks like proper posture that does not open your groin so readily to the attack. However, it seems to me, that this is the type of thing your classmates might point out to you.
May
23
comment What is Fa-jin?
Excellent and to the point.
Apr
10
comment Start attacking instead of blocking while sparring
+1 for By depriving your partner of a diligent attempt to kick them in the head, you are stunting their growth as a martial artist.
Apr
10
comment Start attacking instead of blocking while sparring
+1 for When you spar put your mind in the predator state.
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
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."
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
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
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
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.