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Aug
25
comment Choosing the right one for self-defense purpose?
@DavidH.Clements no, it's not covered well, Singapore is fairly unique in a number of aspects related to self defense, and a lot of the answers are barely applicable as a result. Singapore has a population over 5 million, so it's not like it's even remotely too localized
Aug
25
comment Choosing the right one for self-defense purpose?
i've got some connections in the singapore martial arts scene, i'll try to dig up some specifics. also, how far are you willing to travel within sg?
Aug
24
comment Should I learn karate if I had a slip disc problem in past?
karate can be fairly broad in what it covers depending on the school and instructor. what specifically interests you about karate, and if you've thought about it, why karate and not some other martial art?
Aug
24
comment Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
It'd be interesting to fit someone in full Samurai armour and see if they're actually capable of throwing kicks. Might not just be a belief that kicks against armour are ineffective, but also that kicks in armour are ineffective.
Aug
24
comment Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
I don't think truly is the right word to be using to convey what you mean. It's hard to argue that a Muay Thai fighter might not rely entirely on kicks to the thigh, which is above the knee.
Aug
23
comment Should I learn karate if I had a slip disc problem in past?
Have you done any weight lifting as part of the rehab?
Aug
23
comment If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?
Is the low injury rate you're seeing only in sparring or also in competition? I don't even practice TKD and I've seen more than 2 headkick KOs in the past 10 years (competition obviously). I'd also suggest that it's just as risky not to finish with a knockout when the opponent could come back and KO you later or rack up more points.
Aug
22
comment If I'm worried about concussions, should I train tae kwon do, or karate, or neither?
Style of TKD would also matter. WTF has full contact kicks to the head, ITF is semi-contact to everything, and I'm sure there are other TKD federations as well as unfederated styles that have their own unique characteristics.
Aug
22
comment Do all schools of BJJ come from the same root?
@Patricia how is Nova Uniao direct from Maeda? Pederneiras is a Carlson BB.
Aug
22
comment Do all schools of BJJ come from the same root?
In general, this answer is right. But I'm not sure about the specifics. That circus example doesn't match anything I've ever read before. Not that it matters much...
Aug
16
comment Where can I find or how can I make a tailored white dogi for women?
I was thinking about BJJ gis too, but they mostly just come in pink or with some feminine designs. I'm not sure they're actually a different cut.
Aug
16
comment Judo gis for lanky players?
What concerns me there is they don't have any Judo gis listed. Judo requires sleeves to be a certain length, so while a gi might fit fine and let you move as you need to, if the sleeves and pants are too short, you're SOL. Certainly can't compete and training partners won't be too happy about it either. Aikido gis go the opposite way from what I've seen, keeping the sleeves short to facilitate practicing wrist locks.
Aug
12
comment Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?
@WayneInML how expensive are they? Horses are pretty expensive, I'd expect related equipment to be similarly cost prohibitive
Aug
11
comment How can I deal with the impressive number of charlatan teachers in Italy?
@Rophuine I fully agree. Including a fitness component in classes just gets redundant for those who are actually serious about improving it and developing it (I've seen a few talented martial artists leave some classes because too much of the class was devoted to conditioning, which they were already doing on their own time, likely explaining why they were that good).
Aug
11
comment How can I deal with the impressive number of charlatan teachers in Italy?
@Rophuine certainly that's a good thing to look for, but what you also need to take into account is that some martial arts condition students to be submissive to higher ranks. That's even harder to tell, but generally what you'll see if that hasn't been done is a few talented lower ranking students able to do well or beat the majority of higher ranked students, while in general rank and ability line up as expected.
Aug
10
comment Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?
Good call on practicing lots of martial arts, but I didn't see any BJJ in there. Sure there were Jujigatames, but the entries were all TJJ.
Aug
8
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
@DaveLiepmann Still though, while looking at MMA fights alone is a problem, the fact that frequency of going to the ground in an MMA fight is consistent with frequency of going to the ground in a street fight/assault is still quite telling. A lot of fights between untrained opponents hit the ground, again with 'most' being 51% or more, most fights do go to the ground.
Aug
8
comment In fencing, what is a point of fact?
statesman.com/sports/…
Aug
8
comment Is it true that most fights end on the ground? What is the evidence?
I disagree about using MMA results being misguided. You can look at what happens when fighter A wants to keep the fight standing and fighter B wants to take the fight to the ground (fighter B gets his wish, absent strong wrestling skills for fighter A). You also see what happens when both fighters have a standup skill set and wish to (ostensibly) keep the fight standing. The moment it goes south for one of them, they take the fight to the ground so they can win.
Aug
7
comment What's the best way to stop a nose bleed quickly?
Shut up is probably the most important part, whenever I try to give the advice nicely they always mess it up.