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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!
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.
Apr
20
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
18
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
5
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.
Feb
28
comment What is the best way to determine board-breaking ability?
My pleasure! And don't worry too much about the downvotes. I haven't been here so long myself, but I have found that the community is actually pretty fun to hang out with! Just remember to stick to the original question :p
Feb
26
comment What is the best way to determine board-breaking ability?
I'd argue that doing the technique in slowmotion will give you an insight as to an individual's skill, but it's not enough to assess board breaking ability. Technique will tell how well the martial artist applies power, not how much power he can apply. You need a benchmark to measure board breaking ability, and that benchmark pretty much has to be a board itself. Preferably, many boards of the same material with similar grain and all progressively thicker that can be calibrated against mechanical tools. Have martial artists attempt to break them, find the hardest one he could break. Voilà!
Feb
22
comment Is there any information on pre-19th century Irish weapons-based martial arts?
This guy here (subject-control-and-combative-systems.com/…) seems to be practicing and teaching some celtic martial arts that were passed down throughout his family's history. Might be interesting to contact him.
Jan
5
comment Are handwrappings used only together with boxing gloves?
Hand wrappings are commonly used to practice hitting a bag. The goal is to strenghten the wrist and protect the knuckles. However, they could reduce the mobility of the wrists and fingers, which might in turn impair a wearer that intended to perform grappling manoeuvers, as is often the case in MMA. But yes, they would allow for stronger hits because of the wrist protection they offer.
Jan
1
comment Is it good to practise punching a wall? No place for punching bag
Just tie some heavy rope around a tree or board and voilà! Home-made traditional (and most definitely knuckle destroying) makiwara. But once you've bled for a few months, you get the iron fists!
Jan
1
comment What is the best way to work with a partner who misunderstands the drill?
In most martial arts classes, training drills are done pretty frequently. Advising your sensei/instructor of the issue will also make sure that next time the drill is done, he'll take some time to watch you and your partner. And who knows, maybe you were the one that did the drill wrong :p
Dec
24
comment How can I keep my back straight in my horse stance?
Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu also being thought in our organization, and Hapkido being very similar, I can gather our horse stances should also be very similar. You give great advice, going into details where my answer might have been a bit on the short side. Have an upvote, sir, and merry christmas!
Dec
18
comment What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?
The "directness" and "protection" argument can be contested as many other martial arts and combat systems include punches that do not require loading or winding up to be effective and can be used to great effect in setting up more powerful punches that have more chances to induce a knockout (from the spin induced by the blow to your head) than a straight vertical punch while also maintaining a very adequate defensive position. Your other two points, however, perfectly describe how this punch works better for Wing Chun than other arts: it has great synergy with the stance favored by Wing Chun.
Nov
13
comment Ju-jutsu vs Jiu-jitsu?
@DavidMoles thank you, it was a very instructive read ^_^
Aug
24
comment Why drop the bokken vertical prior to a downstroke?
My pleasure! And thank you for accepting it!