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Feb
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comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
I didn't downvote. However, there are "external" arts that "focus on using the leverage of the relaxed body to control an opponent." In other words, this does not describe the difference very well.
Feb
4
comment Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction
@SimonPeterChappell Flinches come from fear. Fear is fundamentally the instinct to avoid danger and we're biologically wired to avoid pain. Bad technique, lack of strength, and surprise all fall out from avoidance.
Feb
4
comment Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction
The insight is sound though I'm not so sure about the drill. +1 anyways.
Feb
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Feb
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comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
@stslavik I would love to hear the story of Seki-ryu Hojutsu, or even some good links about them. Sounds like fun :-D
Feb
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Feb
4
comment Training Body Reading Without Sparring
Yep, we did that too. Good times.
Feb
3
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
I just got started. Been playing with people through a smartphone (6 days per move), so it is convenient. Trevoke showed me the game a few years back.
Feb
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Feb
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comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
Sometimes it isn't that paranoid. I've seen modern teachers say, "no, this obvious part isn't important, look at the essence" and the student still gets distracted.
Feb
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answered What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
Feb
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comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
I suggest that whoever taught you the applications of kata did not understand how to use it. Often, what you see as obvious in the kata is not its true intent. A punch can conceal a grab, a leg kick can conceal a sweep, a block can conceal a throw. They are more like what David H. Clements said about joseki in Go. You'll see those patterns appear in the field as variants.
Feb
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comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
You play Go, too?
Feb
3
comment Training Body Reading Without Sparring
@slugster yeah, this is a good answer. There are drills for de-focusing. See my answer.
Feb
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answered Training Body Reading Without Sparring
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comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
Strategy is not a search for truth.
Feb
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answered Doing Miller's One-Step Drills
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