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Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jan
31
awarded  Yearling
Feb
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
31
awarded  Yearling
Oct
11
comment What are the signs *not* to train at a specific school?
I think 'clean' is the point then, not uniform in colour.
Oct
9
answered What are the signs *not* to train at a specific school?
Oct
9
comment What are the signs *not* to train at a specific school?
It seemed really weird to lead with uniform-coloured mats and on-premises showers - our kick-bags are varying shades of blue, being different ages and brands, but they're all kick-able and have enough padding to protect the holder. We don't have showers on-site because we train in a school hall. I wouldn't consider either of those points important enough to open with - maybe a footnote to consider if you need the showers and you're quite OCD. (For the record, you make lots of other excellent points)
Aug
28
comment Do shin guards defeat the purpose of training?
I would definitely second this comment. We spar both with and without pads. Without, the injury rate is higher, but not generally to the shins. It's the things they hit that get injured. Compare a poorly-controlled kick to the face with and without pads - that's why we wear pads.
Jul
9
comment Ways for restraining an “automatic aggression response”
One of the core principles of most martial arts is avoiding unnecessary violence - and reacting to the insult received by replying with another insult could have escalated the situation to violence. Those two teenagers could have been sailing around insulting people looking for someone to react and give them an excuse for a fight. They could have been armed. Avi's response was normal and understandable, but it was a long way from the best possible.
Jun
26
comment Conflict escalation management resources
Let me phrase that differently. Your goal, in taking control of the escalation, has to be de-escalation. I've had to intervene in two separate situations where the bouncer was more interested in getting to the smack-in-the-mouth stage of escalation than he was in proceeding quickly (and preferably without violence) to the de-escalation stage.
Jun
26
comment Conflict escalation management resources
You need to be careful with this attitude (I'm not saying it's wrong, just that it's easily to apply poorly). I've had to intervene in two separate situations where I've seen bouncers escalating a situation which didn't need to lead to physical conflict at all. In both cases, I defused a situation the bouncer was pushing towards violence.
Jun
14
comment How can I speed up the recovery of a bruised leg?
Low blocks against kicks is pretty core to TKD - just remember, the block isn't there to stop the kick, but to deflect it to one side or the other. So long as your stance is correct, you should be a narrow target, so you don't need to deflect far. That said, we have one guy at my class whose kicks come in like sledgehammers - your block still needs to be pretty solid or the kick will stay on target.
Jun
14
comment What martial arts cultural remedies are there to avoid and relieve soreness?
I understand studies have been inconclusive, but icing and cold showers straight after a session help me enormously. If I have a long cold shower I'll be less sore than if I don't. If I ice for an hour or two, I barely get any soreness. Any heat at all seems to be counter-productive for me, although I suspect this varies with the individual.
May
28
answered How does one better execute kick then punch combos when the legs are significantly longer than the arms?
May
15
awarded  Quorum
May
15
answered how to perform a reverse punch?
May
15
answered Backspinning Heel Kick, Hapkido Origins
May
15
accepted Should I avoid open-handed blocks in sparring?
May
15
comment Should I avoid open-handed blocks in sparring?
I'm just interested in open-handed blocks - based on the fact that most blocks can be performed either open- or closed-handed, and junior students are usually told to keep their fists closed during sparring, particularly when blocking kicks.
Apr
30
asked Should I avoid open-handed blocks in sparring?