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reviewed Approve What martial art should I try if I want to train with a wide variety of weapons?
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answered Why do ninjas stop with their follow through when attacking
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comment Systema: “Beyond the physical” force generation
@SteveWeigand - When studying Xinyi Liu He Quan, there was a lot of talk with Sifu about "tendon power" vs "muscle power", which he equated to a debate between internal and external arts. Tendon power is structural in nature, but allows for subtle, but intense, power generation. He hinted that much of the mysticism found in internal arts can be explained by this tendon power. In his word, rooting your chi into the ground so it bounces back and reflects into your opponent is fancy talk for proper posture.
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comment Systema: “Beyond the physical” force generation
To add to this answer, many martial arts and combat sports have now been studied from a biomechanical view point, and a lot of the mysticism can now be explained as proper application of forces and leverage. When something is too heavy, you use a lever to move it. In martial arts, many techniques use similar principles to use parts of your own body (or those of your opponent) as levers, allowing you to achieve results beyond the traditional application of physical strength.
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comment What is the most effective cold weapon alternative to knife?
@slugster - Some of the prohibited weapons are very ridiculous. I mean... who carries a manrikigusari or a morningstar? But yeah... in Canada, owning and using weapons are very different. You can own pretty much anything, but if you have any intention of using it offensively or defensively, it's illegal. Truth be told, when coming to and from the dojo, I wouldn't hesitate to use my weapons if I got mugged or something. But I'm not carrying those weapons for that purpose specifically. Rather, I'm using them to legally practice martial arts, and I happened to have them on me at that time.
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comment Shotokan Karate front stance - weight is over the front knee? Or centre?
@TheWudangKid - It's mostly used for 90 degrees turns on the front leg's side (i.e. turning left when left leg is in front). It looks "sharper" for kata exams, as you minimize movement. We usually agree that it's not practical when moving around in a fight, however, so we have other exercises to practice movement in general.
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comment Shotokan Karate front stance - weight is over the front knee? Or centre?
I practice shorinjiryu karatedo, which shares its roots with shotokan karatedo, and your graph is pretty spot on. As for the "turning on the ball of your foot" part, Pinan/Heian Shodan is a very basic and linear kata, involving few turns. In the video you linked, you can see he is turning from a position of power, using his back leg as a support and simply shifting is foot to the proper direction using his heel as a pivot. In actual combat, this might not be possible, as your opponent will not be static, but katas are where you try to train with "perfect" form.