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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
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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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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?
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reviewed No Action Needed What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
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answered Attacked by black belt
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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.
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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.
Apr
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Apr
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answered Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Apr
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comment Impact of being smaller(shorter arms) and how to overcome this
Good answer! I'd add that, if you are equally strong despite the size difference, you are actually at an advantage for many grappling manoeuvers because your center of gravity is lower. I do not know how much Wing Chun uses chin na, but if you are trained in the basics, it can become your best tool: by rapidly closing the distance between you and your opponent then using chin na to restrict his movements/prevent him from moving out, you can put yourself in a position where he can't use his full power because you are too far inside his reach, while still being able to fight at 100% yourself.
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