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First degree blackbelt in Taekwondo, and I dabble in a couple of other martial arts such as Escrima and MMA.


Mar
24
comment Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
It seems like the answer to this question must vary a lot based on the martial art in question--probably too much for there to be a good non-style-specific answer. The style of Escrima I'm familiar with emphasizes being able to use 'standing techniques' from any position, ground or otherwise, but this works because the techniques we are being taught lend themselves to that kind of versatility. I doubt that the standing techniques/forms from every martial art can be applied from the ground.
Mar
16
comment What books of Escrima patterns that detail each step are available?
@stslavik Cool, thanks. You might want to make that an answer--I'm still going to hold off for a bit and see what more shows up, but so far that's the best lead.
Mar
13
comment What books of Escrima patterns that detail each step are available?
definitely good advice, and thanks!
Mar
13
comment What books of Escrima patterns that detail each step are available?
Good question-the problem is my teacher is using his own particular style. Here's a link to his description of it :defensormethod.com Obviously I'm not expecting any books to be available that follow his method, but I'm interested in reading about the styles that gave rise to it/that are closely related.
Mar
13
comment What books of Escrima patterns that detail each step are available?
@stslavik ...yes. Which is why I practice at a dojo with a teacher and my classmates on a regular basis. I'm merely curious about what books are out there and interested in using one as a supplement.
Mar
12
comment What books of Escrima patterns that detail each step are available?
I know youtube videos are helpful, and certainly I'll take a look, but sometimes you don't have access to the internet or you want annotations on what the pattern is doing. It's a good comment, but it doesn't answer the question.
Mar
2
comment How effective is practicing a martial art strictly outside of a dojo for beginners?
+1 for a good clarification--I do think that practicing only outside of the dojo is on balance a bad idea, as slugster said, but I think supplementing class with outside practice will probably be very helpful.
Feb
13
comment How can I respectful​ly raise concerns about class difficulty level/teac​hing style at my club?
Thanks--this is a good answer, and I definitely think talking in private and being non-confrontational is key. My one concern is that, given that I'm the same belt level as some of these instructors and am clearly not having difficulties with the class, it would be hard for me to frame this as a personal issue without seeming disingenuous.
Feb
10
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
Thanks! I appreciate the concrete suggestions, and I'll keep your and their advice in mind.
Feb
1
comment Are martial arts practice weapons regulated?
I wasn't able to find any federal laws about anything except guns, but I was curious if there was some kind of general consensus in the state laws on the definition of a weapon. As far as I understand it, knives and swords are still pretty commonly regulated in some way, even if the specifics vary state to state.