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Oct
10
comment Origin of the “pinyon” in Villari's Shaolin-Kempo-Karate system?
This answer corrects the spelling and confirms some of the memories, but it doesn't provide any real "insight" - what is the function/purpose of the pinions? Are there any resources that would provide more information?
Oct
9
comment Transitioning between similar arts
Re-reading the question, I now understand why Aikido was called out, but I don't seem to be able to edit my prior comment.
Oct
9
answered Transitioning between similar arts
Oct
9
comment What are the signs *not* to train at a specific school?
I strongly agree with "Realistically most people don't need to train martial arts to defend themselves as most people won't be attacked anyway, so what I want out of effectiveness doesn't necessarily apply to someone else, but the bottom line is that training martial arts should not be worse for your personal safety and well being than not training martial arts." - I think that is far more important than mat color; I don't quite understand why mat color makes a difference.
Oct
9
comment Transitioning between similar arts
I'm not sure that is a useful/productive characterization of aikido. I am perhaps biased in that my instructor is adamant that effective technique is more important than adherence to doctrine, but I'm not sure it is useful to call out Aikido as preferring form over function.
Oct
5
comment How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
Commplex patterns can include partner exercises like "split vertical circle" and one with a more complex chinese name that I can't recall, but essentially trades the active role in ward off/rollback/press/push. Good answer @trevoke
Oct
5
comment How does one progress from tai chi push hands to free-sparring?
Excellent answer.
Oct
3
revised Livehand Locks for Training Purposes
Clarification in response to R. Ashe comment.
Oct
2
answered Livehand Locks for Training Purposes
Oct
2
comment What is the best martial art for reducing back pain and stress while increasing my fitness?
Thanks - that helps me to understand. I googled Luta Livre in the hopes of including a link in your article, but there doesn't seem to be a link that can reasonably be called authoritative. Wikipedia mentions it in the context of submission wrestling, but has no source. Having said that, +1 for reference to Lucha Libre, which gave me a laugh.
Oct
2
revised What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
"wikified" the link.
Oct
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revised What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
removed material that was of questionable relevance.
Oct
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suggested approved edit on What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
Oct
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Oct
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comment What is the best martial art for reducing back pain and stress while increasing my fitness?
I've never heard of it before; do you have a link to any references or additional information? (+1 for the phrase "when practices respectfully".)
Oct
1
revised What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
Slight edit based on an excellent comment.
Oct
1
comment What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
Thank you Ho-Sheng Hsaio - good correction.
Oct
1
revised For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?
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Oct
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answered For a total beginner, is tai chi a good start?
Oct
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answered What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?