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Mar
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comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
That video demonstrated that the monk could withstand these blows, not that "chi" allowed him to. Because the monk calls it "chi" does not make it true. He was probably taught these skills since a very young age and truly believes them to be mystical, or maybe he simply is lying... Also, because the show calls itself "Fight Science" doesn't automatically make it scientific...
Feb
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reviewed Excellent Is it possible to learn Martial Arts (Kung Fu in my case) effectively without sparring?
Feb
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reviewed Satisfactory Please tell me the correct way to sit seiza
Feb
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Feb
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reviewed Excellent How to deal with unfair judges
Dec
31
comment What is Qi? What is (fa) jin ? Where can I learn them?
It's always easier to put the burden of proof on your detractors, isn't it? People have made mystical claims about Qi for ages and have all been debunked or otherwise explained. If we can't disprove it, you will say that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. Instead of us doing the disproving, you should be the one doing the proving. It is your answer after all...
Dec
31
comment What is Qi? What is (fa) jin ? Where can I learn them?
It is logically and scientifically fallacious to conclude that Qi is real after the arguments provided. Furthermore, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, which is definitely not provided here. Could you provide us with some evidence that can't be explained by proper technique or muscular energy?
Dec
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answered Addressing martial artists of another style
Oct
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Jun
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Apr
6
comment Karate - Hangetsu (Seisan) - can one damage one's muscles through slow movements?
Starting with slow katas and gradually increasing speed is a good way to get into a rythm before training, but it doesn't stretch your muscles enough for the more demanding stuff. Keep up the good work, and be sure to check with your sensei and/or a doctor if the pain persists despite proper stretches!
Apr
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answered Karate - Hangetsu (Seisan) - can one damage one's muscles through slow movements?
Jan
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answered What's the physics behind checking kicks?
Oct
27
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
Those are really good arguments, but I can't find myself agreeing to all of them... Probably because you can't expand on them too extensively in the comments... But I'll figure out the good question hidden in here and ask it tomorrow night when I get back from work!
Oct
27
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
@DaveLiepmann - I'm just wondering, really. Wouldn't focusing on competition orient the combat system towards moves and techniques that are efficient in scoring points more that they are at saving your hide in an actual fight? I'm not saying it's bad, though, I'm just genuinely curious about what you guys think about this. Because I don't think non-competitive should automatically mean no sparring either.
Oct
26
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
Good answer! I don't like how you oppose "hard-sparring" and "non-competitive", though. Can't you spar often and hard without participating in organized competitions?
Jul
26
comment How to deliver more power to my turning kick?
@QuestionOverflow - I know using high school physics is not the best way to explain martial arts, but maybe this will help you out... Each kick can only perform a set amount of work. Displacement requires work, usually calculated by multiplying force and distance traveled. But causing damage also requires work, as in breaking bones, bruising muscles or rupturing internal organs. All the work that goes into displacing your opponent does not go into causing damage. But it does make the bag swing more... (this is only a gross simplification, but the general idea should be sound enough)
Jul
26
comment How to deliver more power to my turning kick?
It might be that you are "pushing" rather than "snapping" with your front kick. When pushing, you get lots of displacement on your opponent, obviously, but you absorb a large part of the blow yourself. A snapping front kick could lead to more damage on your opponent, but will push him back a lot less. Depending on your intent (displacement vs damage), it might actually be that your turning kick technique is better than your front kick.
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