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Isshinryu karate
Baguazhang
weiqi / go / baduk
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Feb
16
comment Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
@Tomas Oy! I never said that! Hang on .. Now I need to write you a long, long full-fledged answer.
Feb
16
revised Are Systema and Pankration similar to each other?
Tweak link.
Feb
16
suggested suggested edit on Are Systema and Pankration similar to each other?
Feb
16
comment Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
@Tomas Real, traditional wing chun, with a traditional instructor? 5-10 years. With an instructor who thinks it's all about fighting, then you'll be learning how to fight with a wing chun flavor - you won't be learning wing chun - and you'll be ready quickly.
Feb
16
comment Are there musical instruments which, when practiced, noticeably increase martial arts skills and performance?
Is this the part where we also bring up Capoeira? :)
Feb
16
comment Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
@Tomas No, that's not what I'm saying. But if you study a martial art, you will most likely NOT be combat-ready for at least five years - most probably ten. If you study something like Krav Maga, you will be combat-ready in months.
Feb
16
comment Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
@stslavik I don't see your point. There is a difference.
Feb
16
comment What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
@stslavik I'm not saying you're wrong.. Just that you are casting judgment on another member of the community, and that is not a good thing.
Feb
15
comment What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
@stslavik You're being a little too cynical, I think.
Feb
15
comment What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
Hah. Were you to walk into my school, we'd see. Every student is different. I'm just surprised that you don't start with a salute indicating that the process has started.
Feb
15
comment Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
@stslavik Not contradictory. The term 'martial arts' is a misnomer. They should be called something like 'system of complete development of the human being', but it doesn't really roll off the tongue as well. A fighting style / fighting method is not a martial art, as it only teaches you how to hurt other people.
Feb
14
comment What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
I'm very surprised that the system would have a type of salute for beginners to signify that they are... I can't really word it in a nicer way: to signify that they suck. What if you had a 'beginner' who had ten years of serious martial and mental training? Would you then teach him the third salute, or force him to symbolically regress? My opinion (for what it's worth) is that even a beginner is on the path of body and mind coming together, and that is very important to represent. May I ask the logic why it is not so?
Feb
14
comment Official Term/Good Reference for Hapkido Advanced Basics
@DavidH.Clements if you get the books recommended by stslavik, please consider adding an answer and marking it as accepted :)
Feb
14
awarded  Altruist
Feb
14
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
@Mikalichov He who knows does not speak; he who speaks does not know. (note - this is not a criticism addressed to you, but a relevant quote of the Tao Te Ching).
Feb
14
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
And as another comment - the way you indicated to set up the sempai/kohai relationship is, as you said, extremely subversive. I'm worried that people who don't read everything will miss that part of your post. Could you please emphasize that a little more?
Feb
14
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
How much of this information should be added to the wiki article linked by the OP? It is fairly empty.
Feb
14
comment Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
@Tomas if you want to learn how to fight, then don't bother with a martial art. Study Krav Maga.
Feb
14
answered Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
Feb
13
comment What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
May I ask which system you teach? I've never heard about this before.