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Oct
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comment What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
So while I know you are trying to say, you don't know Seven-Star Praying Mantis, saying "I don't know Kung-Fu" is like saying "I don't know budo" when referring to Aikido.
Oct
1
comment What are the applications and principles of this particular seven-star mantis stance?
The question is awkward. Not only is it written badly, it also encourages functional fixedness instead of functional fluidity. It should be changed to, "What are some applications for this particular Seven-Star Mantis stance?" If possible, the name of this shi (勢) should be determined and substituted for "this particular ... stance".
Sep
24
revised how to overcome “freeze”?
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Sep
24
answered how to overcome “freeze”?
Sep
19
revised Drills for teaching range analysis
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Sep
18
answered Drills for teaching range analysis
Jun
26
comment How do I improve my attack speed?
@DaveLiepmann I've seen this training outside of my primary art. By default, do the forms much slower and lower and do not "fall" into the step. If you do them at slow speed, it forces you to remain balanced on a single leg until the probing leg touches the next spot. Over time, you become more difficult to uproot. Xingyi has specifically a footwork called "half step", where the first step is 1.5 strides ahead, and the other foot follow steps. It appears so often in the forms that you end up practicing that the most.
Jun
25
answered What would you do to handle a road rage fist fight?
Jun
19
revised How to train to avoid target fixation?
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Jun
19
comment How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?
+1. Glad you brought this up.
Jun
16
answered How to train to avoid target fixation?
Jun
12
comment Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?
@Trevoke that's the story and I'm sticking with it. Sadly, I have heard non-martial-artist native Chinese speakers use "gong fu" the way Americans use "karate" or "gong fu" to mean "martial arts". Kids there grow up wanting to be computer programmers these days. Lots of these traditions are disappearing, fast. These days, I hear old school martial artists use simply "fu", as a code-word for the old meaning of "gong fu".
Jun
7
comment Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
Purple Heart will do custom wasters and bokken out of some interesting materials.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@DaveLiepmann Yes. You're confusing correlation with causality. Framing it as, "In my personal experience having used my stick with lots of force many times, these etchings creates a lot of problems." That gives your words more credibility than the assumed credibility in your present words.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Trevoke It's not that this question is inappropriate for this forum; it's that you'll get much better answers elsewhere.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@DaveLiepmann Would you mind adding that bit to your answer. I find personal experience useful, however your phrasing makes it sound as if you are pulling from authoritative sources.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
@Trevoke I'd definitely ask the Armor Archive folks about structural integrity (and wood grain, etc). A. Dill is a good person to ask, and he has contacts elsewhere. You might be able to protect the grain from splintering by using resin to fill in the engraving.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
Perhaps this is a better question to ask on the Armor Archive.
Jun
5
comment Will engraving a staff made of white waxwood compromise its integrity?
Can you describe your source? Some research, or personal experience, or your imagination?
Jun
2
revised What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?
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