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awarded  Yearling
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comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
@Sardathrion, You might find the blog posts I linked to in the comment after my answer helpful. They document Eric Raymond's search for a new school. He's still looking, so there will probably be more posts coming.
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comment What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
You might also find a series of recent blog posts by Eric Raymond helpful as he searches for a new martial arts school: esr.ibiblio.org/?p=4488 , esr.ibiblio.org/?p=4494 , esr.ibiblio.org/?p=4508 , esr.ibiblio.org/?p=4528 (from oldest to most recent). He also has leg problems, though his is a weakness left from childhood illness.
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answered What are good martial arts for aging bodies?
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comment Why doesn't aikido have kicking techniques?
Modern sport TKD's excessive emphasis on kicks is from their scoring system. Very traditional TKD uses kicks more than any other art that I know of, but rarely even 50%.
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comment What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?
I'm not a student of Chinese history, so I don't know how accurate it is, but I heard it was because the North wasn't as densely or as evenly populated as the South, and there were often bandits in the wilder areas of the North. The primary crops of the North and South tend to support this, since the wheat grown in the north requires rotation, which means at least a third of the fields are not going to be cropped at any given time. While the rice paddy agriculture of the south needs maintenance of the irrigation and can be farmed continuously.
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answered What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?
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comment Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?
There wasn't anything but a very rough sketch of how to assemble the parts in the piece, it didn't add much to the description.
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awarded  Teacher
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answered Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?
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awarded  Supporter
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comment Where can I go to order cheap grappling mat(s) for beginners?
You want to be careful with that. Some stall mats may be soft enough, but most I have seen are very solid rubber; soft for a horses hoof is not the same as soft to fall on.