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Dec
6
answered Weapons in taekwondo?
Nov
19
comment Effectiveness of low kick to inner thigh of opponent's leading leg in mauy thai boxing?
@Vass - The outside thigh kick can bring an opponent down because there is a nerve bundle there that can paralyze the leg momentarily, and is relatively open to striking. The one on the inner thigh is up high enough it's harder to strike effectively.
Nov
19
comment Effectiveness of low kick to inner thigh of opponent's leading leg in mauy thai boxing?
@Vass - Also, it is not necessarily the one shot damage, but repeated, compounded strikes to the same area. The body shot in boxing is rarely instantly debilitating, but dozens of body shots over many rounds wears down the body and stamina.
Nov
15
comment Martial arts for building self confidence
@DaveLiepmann - It may be on point, but your prejudices are showing. :) There are many valid martial arts that will give the same benefit as the rather limited suggestion of judo or BJJ. Shotokan, Hapkido and Kenpo come to mind as a few of the hard style kata oriented martial arts that also have more combative sparring than some of the softer kata oriented arts.
Nov
14
comment How to safely harden the inner thigh
Actually, the bumps in the shin produced by impact are because you have damaged the periosteum in the area, and it doesn't reform the bone in the same way in that area. Cortical remodeling goes on all the time.
Nov
13
comment What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?
@MadMerlin - You are being snide and condescending to a long time contributor and fellow martial artist. Apart from him having a valid point, was this how your sensei taught people to act?
Nov
8
comment How many people in america know bjj and/or mma in america?
I would agree. Our federation is one of the larger TKD organizations in the US, and we have 300,000 students, of which I would guess 2/3 are actually actively training.
Nov
7
comment What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners
@slugster - +1 again. That's exactly what I've found with my wife, and a couple of my friends that have ended up in my classes.
Nov
7
comment What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners
@GµårÐïåñ Good on you. I remember when my wife was in the beginner classes I was teaching at the time, it wasn't the best mix :)
Nov
7
comment What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners
@slugster - That comment deserves to be an answer, if for no other reason than the assertion that he may not be the best trainer for them.
Oct
24
comment Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
It is an impossibility to prevent every occurrence that could possibly upset someone to the point of provocation. To believe otherwise is just putting your head in the sand.
Oct
23
comment Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
You're proposing an impossibility. You are eliminating all possibility of an accident.
Oct
22
answered Is there value in using weighted clothing in martial arts training?
Oct
20
comment Training multiple arts at the same time.
Yes, I'm aware of what muscle memory is. I was being sarcastic, as I hear inaccurate terms like that and "muscle confusion" being tossed around all the time. If you have "muscle memory confusion", that just means you are trying to do the techniques too soon without thinking about them. Your muscles don't get "confused", you just send them the improper signals by not thinking about what you are doing.
Oct
19
comment Training multiple arts at the same time.
Where in a muscle is the memory located?
Oct
17
comment Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
True, but that presupposes that you never go anywhere where anyone might be having a bad day, ready to take offense at anything, etc. Which, could be traced back to "If you didn't leave the house to get on the subway where you bumped a guy that got pissed off". It is definitely reductio ad absurdum, but that's why I detailed it as you'd have to situation roleplay it. Such as...you and a friend go out for a pint to see the local team play on telly. You turn and accidentally bump a guy, spilling his beer, and he gets all worked up. Defuse it. Drunks will happen even in "high class" places.
Oct
16
comment Teaching Students to See the “Big Picture” of a Conflict
It is interesting. You would need to be a little careful, because ALL conflicts could be traced back to deciding to leave the house. I would think that a lot of scenario roleplaying would be useful, such as "You go to a bar with friends, and accidentally spill a belligerent drunk's beer." Obviously the guy is going to want to make an issue of it, how do you deflect that?
Oct
14
comment Drills for training agility - cross art
@stslavik - I took ballet as part of my kinesiology degree, and my wife is an Irish dance teacher. Agreed, ballet and dance in general are good for balance and proprioceptive training.
Oct
10
comment Drills for training agility - cross art
Also, as I stated to Dave, I would prefer drills/exercises that can be done in the dojangh, rather than outside the studio.
Oct
10
comment Drills for training agility - cross art
Thank you for the answer that hits all the components, but can you provide a reference on the plyo's needing squat/power clean preparation? I'm also looking for drills that can be done in the classroom without relying on outside supplementation. I believe there are plyometric based drills/exercises that don't need a significant prep period/routine.