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19h
comment Using a punching bag without stand
Ah. Not quite as bad an idea, I still don't like having a complete unforgiving backdrop, but not as bad as kicking. :)
20h
comment Using a punching bag without stand
Strapping a kick shield to a tree is a really bad idea. Very easy to miss and cause damage, the tree doesn't give way on hard impacts, and you can't really wrap your foot. Lots of easy ways to get injured.
20h
comment Should I start going to tournaments?
What style? Why going across country? Can you not go watch a tournament first? Way too many details left out.
2d
comment Using a punching bag without stand
House or apartment?
2d
comment How to avoid calf pain with heel stomp
How extended is your leg, and how high up on the calf? If it's actually right at the knee, you may be hyperextending.
May
13
comment Looking for Yoshinkan Aikido Dojos in Osaka
I also vtc, but "too localized" has not been a close reason for some time.
May
11
comment Is it possible to learn Martial Arts (Kung Fu in my case) effectively without sparring?
There are Shaolin monks all over the world. Care to share why you feel they are all frauds?
Apr
14
comment Is Wing Chun or krav maga suitable for a sailing lifestyle
@indiansailor - ANY Martial art CAN be effective in a "real life" situation. It entirely depends on the practitioner.
Apr
14
comment Joining a new dojo, would this be inappropriate?
@Phil - As others have said, ask. However, expect it to be turned down. I imagine that the rule is in place because they have had a bunch of people expecting to learn sword ("Dude! I'm taking sword classes!"), and when they find that there is a LOT, I mean a LOT of tradition, slow progression, basics basics and more basics before you get to actually "do sword", they leave. I would put the same rule in place to assess a student before letting them into class. I also wouldn't mention that you might be moving in a year ;-)
Apr
6
comment Is there any special term for eskrima sticks?
For what style/language? Every language is going to have a different term for "stick to whack people with"
Mar
30
comment How to avoid knee injury?
With the excellent answers below, it's also a good idea to look at form. It is possible that you are hyperextending your leg when you kick due to new/bad form. Get some video of you practicing and go through it with your sabumnim.
Mar
14
comment I want to learn Jiu Jitsu here in Japan, so do you guys know a school in Japan where they teach Jiu Jitsu, not BJJ?
"Here in Japan", but in your other question you state you live in China. Which is it?
Mar
14
comment Pursuing Tae Kwon Do and Karate at same time
Also, TKD is not "total kicks". I would put it at about 60-65% emphasis on foot techniques over hands. Don't be fooled by a very specific (Olympic) sparring style where the rules reward a specific skill set.
Mar
14
comment How to avoid injuries in spinal ligaments?
Rather than a rubber band, which does return to shape unless it actually snaps (or is very old), I usually compare them to the springs in click pens. You can compress easily, but if you pull them out of shape, they don't go back to their original length. All in all a very good answer.
Mar
9
comment Close quarter's defense: when you stand face to face with an attacker
No. At 2" away, you don't really have the space to get leverage enough to make it a debilitating type of strike. Also, you have to be at the right height in comparison to your opponent. Walk up to a wall and have your nose about 1/2 - 1" from wall. Now try to whack the wall with your head without drawing your head back. (Drawing your head back signals the attack, and places you in a VERY vulnerable position). Again, at 2", a headbutt is a dubious proposition at best.
Mar
7
comment Identifying a physical training device (pictures of a vertical padded tube with horizontal pipes coming out)
That is a variant of a wing chun training dummy. I flagged the question for migration to martial arts, you will get some good responses from the WC practitioners there.
Mar
2
comment Close quarter's defense: when you stand face to face with an attacker
Headbutts are not as effective as people think, especially from such close range. However, the rest of your advice is spot on. Show non agression, get your hands in a defensive position and as a priority, gain space between you and aggressor.
Mar
2
comment Best moment to land a low kick?
@DaveLiepmann - Probably because his situations and descriptions are at odds with his actual question.
Mar
2
comment Close quarter's defense: when you stand face to face with an attacker
Head butt is not as debilitating as everyone thinks it is, especially at a distance of 2". Cupped hands to the ears, same, and cannot be effectively executed at that distance. Knee to the groin is dubious at best, especially at close range.
Feb
27
comment Blisters from sticks
Blisters are the way that the body protects itself from friction that it is unused to. Over time, you will develop callouses. Post your grip so we can tell if they will be forming in the correct places. :)