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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.
Feb
6
comment Which muscles do I use to stand?
We're trending off-topic, but I find this response fascinating. Do you know of any good on-line resources which go into these nuances of posture in more detail?
Feb
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Feb
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Feb
1
comment How to improve speed and footwork?
Also, you may be telegraphing your punch, which lets him have the sidekick on the way earlier. If he's a training buddy, it might be worth asking him - he may be prepared to let you know what keeps tipping him off.
Feb
1
comment Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?
Yep - he argued that I'd used excessive force to restrain him. He was pretty badly messed up, but then again, he shot me - and the prosecutor reckoned I could have done much worse with impunity.
Feb
1
comment Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?
It's probably always better to get a lawyer, I guess, but in this case they arrested my attacker, and I was a witness - this is a strong possibility in self-defence cases, so it's worth thinking about. The guy who broke into my home pushed for years to have me charged, but never got anywhere - the police and the prosecutor were firmly of the opinion that I'd acted reasonably. He's still in jail - break & enter, illegal modification of a weapon, etc etc.
Feb
1
comment Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?
I should add that I have personal experience in this area. Someone broke into my home, and I put him in hospital. I was fortunate (or not!) that he had a gun and shot me in the leg, so there was no question that I was justified in giving him a few injuries (I didn't use a weapon).
Feb
1
answered Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?
Feb
1
comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
To add to this, think of it in terms of having a few primary weapons and lots of options to fall back on. Your dominant side is going to be your weapon of choice - when you're in control of the situation, that's what you'll be using for maximum effectiveness. If you're not in control of the situation, however, training both sides effectively doubles your options. It will also help to balance your strength and flexibility, which will improve your overall ability and help to prevent injury.
Feb
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Jan
31
answered Benefits of an X-Stop in Tae Kwon Do?
Jan
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Jan
31
comment Benefits of an X-Stop in Tae Kwon Do?
If you know the palgwe forms, I believe he's talking about the move at the top of the way up in one of the red-belt forms: you perform a low-block, without stepping, pull back and execute a throat-strike and upper-cover, then jump forward, landing in this x-stop he's talking about while performing a supported-uppercut. You can see what I think he means early in this video: youtube.com/watch?v=MNkeTjs833I where they jump forward and perform the supported-uppercut (as they shout).
Jan
31
answered How to return to Tae Kwon Do?