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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. :)
Feb
18
comment Wearing a fitness tracker during a martial arts session
@p.marino - Unless you can find a lab that did actual analysis and published it, all of them are going to be estimates. Most of these (from my experience in exercise kinesiology) are pretty accurate to what I would expect, as you say the MMA is low, but I don't know what they are considering as MMA training. If I were to shift them, I would put an MMA class nearer to kickboxing or jiu jitsu (Depending on the type of class), and I'd have capioera closer to aikido. The rest is fairly close to what I would expect.
Feb
18
comment Do some kung fu schools teach certain kung fu styles for example tiger style and panther style or all of them in one school?
@ItsMe - Here's a novel thought - Call the instructor and ask. I mean seriously, you are going to do a demanding, physical art and you don't even know what the school you have selected teaches? ::smh::
Feb
18
comment Do some kung fu schools teach certain kung fu styles for example tiger style and panther style or all of them in one school?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because there are multiple questions and half of them are local to one school.
Feb
10
comment Why do lighter fighters have better cardio than heavier ones?
You should read a source that is newer than 1928. Oxygen utilization in the body has many adaptive mechanisms (Such as neovascularization) to compensate for increased demand. If you gained 50% more muscle mass your body would adapt to compensate if you kept up the same cardio demands.
Jan
30
comment Is the Olympic sport of Tae Kwon Do uniquely Tae Kwon Do like?
-1 for supposition and ranting.
Jan
28
comment Best moment to land a low kick?
@Novarg - Welcome to Cobra Kai. None of the stupid aphorisms you just bleated encompass hurting yourself or your opponent.
Jan
26
comment What is the most effective method for the roundhouse kick?
Most effective for...? Sparring? Forms? Self defense? Exercise? Impressing the ladies? Every art has a roundhouse kick, and in every art the striking surface can be instep, shin, ball of foot, etc., and each strike has a different purpose. Your question is very vague.
Jan
15
comment JKD spin kick vs. Taekwondo spin kick
@SteveWeigand Yes, it's higher risk. However, it's not ineffective. Where most people go wrong is they don't set up/disguise the kick, they just throw it. Fast techniques (jabs, front leg snap kicks, etc) don't need much in the way of prep/disguise. The slower and more involved you get, the better you need to set it up. There are numerous videos through the years of professional fighters quite successfully using spinning kicks in fights. The percentage of success only goes up against the massively untrained general public.