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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
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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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May
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awarded  Custodian
May
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reviewed Leave Open Has anyone had/recovered from achilles rupture?
May
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reviewed No Action Needed What are the most effective exercises (hojo undō or otherwise) for martial arts?
May
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reviewed No Action Needed Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?
May
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reviewed No Action Needed What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
May
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answered Attacked by black belt
Apr
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answered Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?
Apr
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comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
@Lex Thanks for the vote! In the other answers, I really liked the case made for positioning myself, and I must say that positioning- and opponent-based defense are not mutually exclusive, as in you can use positioning to gain an advantage on key opponents, maximizing your opportunities to flee/fight. Basically, use whatever means you deem necessay to achieve a safe conclusion to the encounter. In the end, it's all that matters.
Apr
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Apr
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comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
I practice Shorinji-ryu Karatedo, a close cousin of Shotokan. Some of our katas include very explosive beginings, which we interpret the same way (i.e. go for the biggest threat you can manage quickly first). But I must say we do not practice against gun-wielding opponents, which can probably show in my answer.