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Feb
13
comment What is a good push-up routine to build punch strength?
@stslavik Great suggestions, I normally try and make a 90º angle with my elbows which leaves me about a fist width above the ground, but I got a big chest, so that might not work for everyone.
Feb
8
comment What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?
Good answer. The only thing I would add is that try to protect your windpipe and at least one carotid artery. If you can keep pressure off say your left side it will by you valuable time without passing out. So when someone gets me in a RNC, I berry my chin into the elbow dropping it to my chest if possible and slightly lean it to a side. Depending how large there arms are even dropping the chin they might still get both carotid arteries. Shooting your hands up and in to protect the carotid arteries and create leverage while dropping the chin also helps.
Feb
7
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
@stslavik I think "What are the ankles good for? What is their most efficient use?" Is part of the issue. What is efficient use? Pertaining to what? The title made the Q a little better but it still feels a little to broad, or ambiguous to answer well. I like that Trevoke narrowed it down in his example, but like you said in an earlier comment there are so many scenarios, forms and motions that the Ankle can be utilized in many ways. I'm interested to see if we can get this Q or type of Q to work well here.
Feb
7
comment What is a good mat system for home MMA training?
I tried some mats that looked like those, but they were more of weight mats by Golds Gym and it turned me off of them. They kept separating on me while doing flows. I will have to take a look at those again and ensure they are good for martial arts activities.
Feb
7
comment What is a good mat system for home MMA training?
Any particular brand that you would recommend?
Feb
7
comment What are the ways to get sweat stains out of a Gi?
I always wear an undershirt and I've found that helps a fair amount with any armpit discoloration, but it never helped with my neck, or sleeves, just because they don't get the additional protection of the undershirt.
Feb
7
comment How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?
Thanks for the link, I'll defiantly try some of those out.
Feb
7
comment Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction
Like @Ho-ShengHsiao said flinching is a fear reaction from stimulus, but it's the brain and nervous system that does the reaction. So Simon is partially correct. WebMD has a decent article on it: men.webmd.com/news/20040820/what-makes-you-flinch
Feb
7
comment Mouth guard / gum shields - tips?
@slugster Good to know, thanks! I have a friend with a smaller mouth and he has some issue with fit on the self forming ones. I'll pass your suggestion along.
Feb
7
comment How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?
Thanks for the tip, I already do some basic knee exercises due to an injury, but I'm sure I don't do enough.
Feb
7
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
@Trevoke I think the title of the question "What are the ankles good for?" is throwing people. Maybe it should be something like "Proper Ankle Usage/Form while kicking?" Or along those lines. At a biomechanical level the Ankle is an important joint, so it's good for giving us the ability to be bipedal j/k :-).
Feb
7
comment Mouth guard / gum shields - tips?
The self forming boil and bite ones that I've bought conform very well to my my mouth. So much so that they don't move or fall out when I'm moving a lot, or breathing deeply. Would an orthodontist one be recommended for everyone, or just people with special dental conditions, i.e. false teeth, bridges, etc.
Feb
7
comment How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?
Thanks @BenCole I'll give your steps a shot! But being a visual learner it can be hard to translate the steps into actions.
Feb
7
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
@Ho-ShengHsiao Thanks for the link. Might take you up on the PM offer, always great to learn something new!
Feb
7
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
@Ho-ShengHsiao I'd be interested to read some more into this if someone can provide some references or places to look. The only other thing I can really find on this topic, other then the normal line of thinking, is that Internal/External were more of a advertising tactic. But I always figured that meant they were trying to advertise the 'stronger' art. Could very well be that I misunderstood and they were advertising domestic verses foreign. Very interesting.
Feb
7
comment How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?
do you have any video examples of these exercises?
Feb
7
comment How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?
I can usually get a 180º rotation on my planted leg and get my hips turned. I can replicate the pain when doing the splits, my abductors are not tight or strained, but some muscle group or ligament on the outside of the hip is. I can't see to get it stretched out well to increase flexibility.
Feb
3
comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
@stslavik Yes some is a far better qualifier. When studying the history of some of the martial arts a lot were far younger then I had originally thought.
Feb
3
comment Which martial arts focus on self defense?
@Ginamin I think your pretty bang on. My issue that a lost of martial arts that people train in they rarely work with other people. So when they get hit for the first time in a real situation it phases them. Personally I trained in Karate when I was younger and now in West Coast MMA and BJJ and I feel far more confident when interacting with an opponent. Krav Maga is wicked and real world test, like MCMAP. But getting trained in them is probably outside most peoples ability.
Feb
2
comment Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction
Great answer! Repeated exposure to the stimulus should desensitize the natural reaction.