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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.
Feb
13
revised Is there a written, authoritative source I can reference for interpretations (Bunkai) of Karate (Shotokan) katas?
Added two books from another answer.
Feb
13
comment Is there a written, authoritative source I can reference for interpretations (Bunkai) of Karate (Shotokan) katas?
@stslavik Yes, hence why I said 'emphasized'. I did not notice it at first.
Feb
13
comment What martial art should I start with?
I wish I could remember where else this question has been asked. In any case, it is and will always remain a duplicate. Read this: trevoke.net/blog/2008/03/20/… And I hope it helps.
Feb
13
revised How does one mentally push past pain in training?
added 339 characters in body
Feb
12
revised Which muscles do I use to stand?
switched a tag.
Feb
12
answered How does one mentally push past pain in training?
Feb
12
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
smile Sounds like there is a huge benefit to me.. I'd alter that "almost no benefit" :)
Feb
12
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
Since you say "It means that during group practices, you have in front of you someone who is a bit better than you", I feel like your understanding of senpai/kohai is still a little one-sided. Do you have experience of both sides of the relationship?
Feb
12
answered How can one maintain or rekindle discipline and passion in martial arts?
Feb
12
comment Benefits of a formal senpai/kohai relationship within an Aikido dojo
Does the relationship get nuanced by people who are your elders in term of age?
Feb
12
comment Is there a written, authoritative source I can reference for interpretations (Bunkai) of Karate (Shotokan) katas?
@stslavik True. The edit just really emphasized that 'Shotokan' was in the title. Now I also want to add the word 'waza' to the title, though.. I mean, if we go for exactness, we may never be done.