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Jan
3
comment Kendo techniques
I'm not a Kendo expert, but I think the bulk of the practice deals precisely with that issue - how to counter an opponents strike. I do train against a Kendoka occasionally, and she is blindingly fast. There are several opening positions, including Haso kamae in which the sword is not presented to the opponent, and one of the assumptions of the standard opening position is that if your opponent lifts his blade you will thrust to his throat. I'll leave it for a ranked Kendoka to provide an accurate answer.
Dec
15
comment Video evidence of Aikido applied against a resisting non-aikidoka?
I thought we had a community standard that we wouldn't discuss the effectiveness of any given martial art.
Aug
24
comment Martial Arts Technique Against Knife Attack
Then I fall back to "I am using the term my teacher used". OTOH, I'm not sure that this distinction is important.
Aug
24
comment Martial Arts Technique Against Knife Attack
That is a subject of debate. Tomiki called it "Aikido"; I believe all of the Menkyo's simply state "Aikido". My teacher called it "Tomiki Aikido", and I'm following his example.
Jun
29
comment Martial art without exam and secrets
I don't think there is any skill of any kind that you can learn without periodically demonstrating proficiency. Most sports include exams - we call them "games" or "matches".
Jun
29
comment Until one has mastered a martial art, is one actually more vulnerable to attack than before training began?
This does not match my experience. About half our dropouts are people who have no instinct for defense whatsoever, and resist learning one. This is one of those "people say" opinions of which I am VERY skeptical without some evidence. After all, people say that you can't go to the moon, or fly, or travel over 35mph, or....
Sep
12
comment Best to learn for self defense: Wrestling, Boxing, or Jiu Jitsu
The How to Ask is pretty clear that "What martial arts system is "best" or if art A is better than art B (not constructive)" is out of scope. "best" depends on the assumptions you make about the environment, the opponents skill, motivation and characteristics, weapons, the presence of innocents, and a host of other factors. Practice the one you enjoy the most.
Aug
28
comment How can I become a good training partner
At some point you may want to look around and see if you can find another club that is more welcoming. That isn't always an easy option, but I think we need to recognize that fundamentally this isn't your problem; your training partners aren't behaving in a mature fashion.
Aug
28
comment Best karate book
The answer will inherently be ephemeral. Tomorrow (and every day after that) someone will publish a karate book. And the best book for learning Tang Su Do might not be the best book for learning Isshinryu. The best book for a beginner will not be the best book for someone who has studied three other related arts. The best book for a 98lb 78 year old marathon runner with arthritis won't be the best book for a 210lb weightlifter with a history of ACL tears.
Aug
26
comment How can I become a good training partner
Splendid question and I really like the way you phrased it. Alas, this isn't an art I practice, so I can't offer any useful advice.
Aug
13
comment What is the biggest force ever produced by an impact from the human body?
I'm not sure this fits within the guidelines in How to Ask; I don't know how you define "most powerful", or why "on tape"?
Aug
7
comment How popular are the different styles of Aikido?
How would that information be useful? And wouldn't the answer be intrinsically localized? (not arguing, just exploring)
Aug
7
comment How popular are the different styles of Aikido?
And it will neglect all the "independent", unaffiliated, etc. I begin to wonder if those outnumber the "affiliated" schools.
Aug
6
comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
Why is that true of BJJ and not of any other art? Many arts emphasize technique over strength.
Aug
5
comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
OP is concerned about knee joints, not about joints in general. Aikido can be safe for knee joints.
Jul
25
comment What is “seven star”?
Is there evidence that the name of the Taiji stance is connected to qigong? What is an ST9 point?
Jul
25
comment Slashing vs thrusting (bladed weapon vs pointed weapon)
I invite you to test your theory that a spear is ineffective against a lightly armored foe. "long stick" is ineffective as a slashing weapon too.
Jul
7
comment Are Peyton Quinn's books appropriate for a 19 year old or are they beyond my level?
I looked at the link you provided; I didn't see any novels. Books, but no novels.
Apr
8
comment What is the name of this bo?
something vaguely similar to this image?
Mar
11
comment Where can I find statistics on attack modalities?
Re: #1 - those aren't static grabs. Those are dynamic grabs; those are the core of our training curriculum.