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Apr
11
accepted How can I improve my precision when performing a split kick?
Apr
2
comment How can I improve my precision when performing a split kick?
I'm definitely going to give the video a shot. I'll keep the question open for now in case others have good input. I have been kicking foam targets as well - way too expensive to kick timber all day long!
Mar
27
asked How can I improve my precision when performing a split kick?
Mar
16
comment How can I deal with the impressive number of charlatan teachers in Italy?
Many very good martial arts schools are focused on teaching technique - and will leave physical fitness up to you. Most students at my school come twice a week, and while you can definitely see major technical improvement over time, you won't see their fitness improve at that level. You're expected to do your own fitness work. That said, while I was studying at uni I sometimes fit in 8-10 hours of classes a week - and that definitely kept me super-fit. I used to help teach the junior class, then do two adult classes in a row: look for somewhere you can do consecutive classes if you want that.
Mar
16
comment How can I deal with the impressive number of charlatan teachers in Italy?
Great answer. I would add, to the list of things to look at, my favourite: are the higher-ranked students obviously much better than the newer ones? It can be really hard, especially for an inexperienced martial artist, to tell if a student is 'good' - but it's often pretty easy to see when someone is clearly better than someone else. If the experienced students outshine the newer ones, you know the training is effective. If the black belts don't look much more competent than the white belts, something is wrong.
Mar
8
comment Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?
@DavidH.Clements: Stale topic I know, but different countries have crazy laws, and lots of places don't have any sort of "lethal force warranted" law. A guy in his 50s (frail for his age) in my state (Qld, Australia) was recently charged with excessive force for stabbing an intruder in the stomach (the intruder wasn't badly injured) because the intruder, who was fit, strong, and in his 20s, wasn't armed. Crazy, but true.
Mar
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
20
awarded  Beta
Feb
19
comment Value in Practicing Spinning Kicks
It is, however, a sensible response.
Feb
18
comment Harnessing emotion during sparring
I was clarifying, not justifying - but I see what you mean.
Feb
18
accepted Harnessing emotion during sparring
Feb
17
awarded  Scholar
Feb
17
accepted Balancing control and intensity in sparring
Feb
17
comment Harnessing emotion during sparring
In my case (and, ironically, this may sound egotistic!) it definitely isn't ego - just the thrill and challenge of sparring someone my level. Sparring my instructor isn't a challenge: more a chance to learn. Sparring someone rather less good than me is a chance to stretch their ability: to let them attack, or challenge their defense. It's when they're about my own level that we can really challenge each other, and that's what I find most enjoyable.
Feb
16
asked Harnessing emotion during sparring
Feb
16
awarded  Student
Feb
16
asked Balancing control and intensity in sparring
Feb
12
comment Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick
I train in a traditional form of taekwondo (split off in the 70s by Moon Hwan Lee).
Feb
12
comment Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick
This is how the head of my school has always taught it. Going on the ball increases reach, but you lose power and balance. Avoid it if you're interested in art. Maybe for sport? We don't really do sport where I train.
Feb
12
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
I'm shy of making absolute statements, but I advise people to never intentionally end up on the ground in a self-defense situation, even if you think it's 1v1. Are you sure than your opponent doesn't have a knife tucked into his pants? Are you sure he doesn't have a mate about to show up? A good ground game is useful if you end up on the ground, but I don't think you should ever do it intentionally.