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Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
@DaveLiepmann Thanks: a very interesting read. If you duplicate your answer there to this question, I will gladly accept it: and hopefully it will then be a bit easier to find (for me, looking at the existing related/suggested items, the mention of a specific technique in the existing question guided me away from what is a very good, general purpose answer)
Jan
6
comment How can you properly learn techniques which are too dangerous to ever apply?
@DaveLiepmann Thanks, your answer there is very helpful (though it's worth noting that two out of the three links no longer work).
Jan
6
comment Why is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?
This shouldn't be tagged as judo: wrist locks aren't legal in competition judo.
Jan
6
comment Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
@slugster Indeed, it's a tough one.
Jan
6
comment Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
@slugster PPS, What are your thoughts on this topic regarding children?
Jan
6
comment Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
@slugster PS, I say the above with no pride: after only a few years of competitive judo experience, I very much count myself as at the lower end of the ability spectrum, I am nothing special. I have however had the pleasure of being "reminded" of my insignificant ability by some (literally) world-class judoka and have spoken with them at length as to how they came to their knowledge and the one thing they consistently mention is time served on the mat, aka experience.
Jan
6
comment Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
Ok, so not really an instructor then: we'll ignore that. It's not harsh judgement, let me explain. I don't care if you can pass some exam, you're not a real black belt until you have experience applying your techniques against real opponents... SUCCESSFULLY in competition. And THAT is what takes time, regardless of how much you practice, there are only so many competitions that any body can endure in a year and it's not enough... this is about standards. See what I mean now? So, let these ppl wear their one or two year "black" belts, but at least don't humour their delusion.
Jan
5
comment Why is using wristlock throws so frowned upon in BJJ even though they are not illegal?
Good answer, but should really mention the possibility of injury to an unprepared uke too. (as the other two answers do)
Jan
5
comment Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
Holy crap, you can even become an "instructor" as well as a black belt with that course... come on @Sardathrion, that's complete nonsense - as is your implication that my last sentence is inaccurate... ESPECIALLY given that we're talking about CHILDREN (how much time do you think they'll be spending doing martial arts in reality?? 3 classes a week max). sigh
Jan
5
comment Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
@Sardathrion We'll just agree to disagree then eh? McDojos... if anything, the link you provide is a good example of what I'm talking about.
Jan
1
comment Does weight and muscle power really impact punch power and kick?
Or, instead of hurting your fists, you can learn to hit them with a planet... (aka judo throw) ;)
Jan
2
comment How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?
You must play some hardcore card games ;-)
Dec
26
comment Does judo work against someone not wearing a judogi?
The power in real judo comes from the opponent's momentum and body weight, what they are wearing is not relevant. A proficient judoka will adapt to the situation at hand - as pointed out below, it's a question of applying the fundamentals of balance, leverage and timing - not clothing.
Aug
28
comment What can I do to improve my squat for judo throws during randori?
Two years and much more competitive experience later, I can see that you're absolutely right :) Of course, strength can help when the technique isn't quite right (let's be honest, how many people get their technique perfect every time!!?)... but your point stands.
Nov
14
comment Why are traditional karate gis white?
You're right, it's death (hence the "willingness to die in battle" and seppuku comment), the purity part must have been a figment of my (western) imagination.
May
24
comment How do you choose which judo techniques to practice? (tokuiwaza)
Thanks very much. I also found this blog post which supplemented your reply nicely. :)
May
24
comment How do you choose which judo techniques to practice? (tokuiwaza)
Very true, but that's still not an answer to the question asked.
May
23
comment How do you choose which judo techniques to practice? (tokuiwaza)
Thanks for your answer, but it strikes me that the question was how to decide which throw(s) to practice [see the title], not which throws to use in randori/comp and/or how to use them ... see what I mean?
Jun
23
comment What can I do to improve my squat for judo throws during randori?
Thanks so much for a wonderfully detailed answer... I guess I'll be looking for some weights on eBay!! :-)
Jun
22
comment What can I do to improve my squat for judo throws during randori?
I didn't even think of flexibility in my back... I'm a software developer and sit in a chair all day... so my posture/lower back aren't great - I'll give that a try as a starting point - thanks so much!