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Mar
24
comment What are the chances of breaking my nose if I take up a Judo class?
Yeah, I can believe that. Can't tell you how many times I've been kicked in the back or more sensitive areas when working with/teaching new or out of control sparrers.
Mar
24
comment What are the chances of breaking my nose if I take up a Judo class?
Oh, I agree, but how many times did you or someone in your school have an injury or mishap that may have interrupted training for a few days that was never reported? Even controlled, in class sparring has its risks, and even more severe injuries in a school setting are never really reported anywhere. I don't think it's a huge difference, probably in the order of 3-4 more per 1000, so 10-12ish per 1000 for in school incidents.
Mar
24
comment What are the chances of breaking my nose if I take up a Judo class?
Actually, I would figure injury rates to be higher at a local school than competitors at the national level, just vastly more under-reported. You'll get a lot more people with some training and very little control than you would a tournament where all the competitors are national level and have developed control.
Feb
13
comment What information should I consider when choosing a martial art to study?
@JonnyP - Excellent information. I would encourage you then to find a more traditional based school then. For example, many TKD schools (Such as WTF and ATA) are very heavy into the competition aspects and do not do as much internal emphasis (YMMV, every school is different).
Feb
13
comment What information should I consider when choosing a martial art to study?
Everyone is more accountable with a partner. But I have seen it time and time again in students and workout partners, unless you truly have an internal desire, external motivators eventually fail.
Feb
12
comment Training Footwork for people with knee issues
n=1, I've been in primarily TKD since 1988ish with no knee issues (Including several years of cross country running through college). I have, however, ruptured an Achilles.
Feb
7
comment Can you be immune to chokeholds?
The people in the video are kids. How can they have "decades" of training?
Feb
5
comment Why do we train martial arts?
There are good subjective questions, as there can be good list questions. I agree, many people on SE have not read the good/bad essay.
Feb
5
comment Can you be immune to chokeholds?
-1 for recommending self asphyxiation as a way to train. I mean, seriously? Should we also start cutting/stabbing ourselves to train against knife attacks?
Feb
5
comment Why do we train martial arts?
Your prejudices are showing. If I had a student that I asked that question and they respond "I love to spar", that indicates a more superficial view, and I would also ask "What happens if you couldn't spar any more?". I think they are inviting him to see beyond his current somewhat myopic viewpoint. Also, if you have someone that truly enjoys what you call "soft" training, is that a bad thing? Is it only really martial arts training if you're throwing around small cars and running into walls to toughen yourself?
Feb
5
comment Why do we train martial arts?
@DaveLiepmann - I've read good/bad before, and I think this misses on points 5 and 6. It's close, but I don't think it's a good subjective question.
Jan
7
comment How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?
Just a caveat - I ruptured my Achilles tendon on a switch stance. No partner, doing something we teach to white belts, and it blew out. Injuries can happen even when training alone.
Dec
6
comment What does it take to get a black belt in Taekwondo?
All the answers are good information. As you start to progress a little further in your martial arts career, you will realize that learning is learning, and that belts are just symbolic mile markers along the way. Learn all that you can as best as you can, and the belts will eventually come. Comparing yourself to an arbitrary scale or other practitioners is a good way to get a lot of frustration.
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.