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Feb
9
answered What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
Feb
8
revised What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?
added the words 'brazilian ju-jitsu' and 'rules' to the question.
Feb
8
answered How do you ease someone over 40 back into training after many years absence?
Feb
8
accepted What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
Feb
8
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
Regarding the inner structure of the movements - if you can't explain it, can you at least come up with a useful lie that gets me on the right track? I'll take a koan, an analogy or a haiku, whatever helps you get the point across!
Feb
8
suggested approved edit on What is a good defense against a rear naked choke?
Feb
8
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
If aikido is an art which is limited to the word 'uke', then it will become a very beautiful choreography, but it will not remain a martial art.
Feb
8
comment What should I look for in order to develop self-defense skills as quickly as possible?
That's not strictly true. It is possible to become efficient at self-defense (though not a very refined self-defense) rather quickly, through regular and constant training that emphasizes the right elements, like body contact, the feeling of danger, and attacks with the right intent. This is not martial arts training - it is self-defense training.
Feb
8
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
Not only is it not OT, I believe that's what I am looking for :)
Feb
8
revised What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
Wrote everything out.
Feb
7
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
@stslavik But the postural muscles in the back and legs aren't necessarily related to the ankle, though of course they are, since it's the same body. Is the question, in its current format, still not good enough to be answered?
Feb
7
comment What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
@stslavik Is it a requirement that I narrow down my question to a single martial art? If I do so, I may, by ignorance, not get the answer I am looking for.
Feb
7
comment What exercises can I do to strengthen my knees for seated techniques?
Please consider choosing an answer.
Feb
7
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
My concern with aikido is the amount of training time required to become proficient with it, otherwise, I'd consider it. Mind you, I disagree that it's all about controlling someone without harming them - it is also an art with very, very violent moves - they're just fairly gentle at the same time :-)
Feb
7
awarded  Nice Question
Feb
7
revised What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
edited title
Feb
7
revised What are the ankles good for, relative to stance work and mobility?
Added explanation.
Feb
7
comment Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?
"Kung Fu" actually just means "hard work" (that is, it is the characters "Time" and "Effort"). Karate means "Empty hand" or "Chinese hand" -- so it's not quite the same thing at all. Anything into which you put time and effort represents Kung Fu. Someone who spends his entire life painstakingly creating matchstick models does kung fu, as @MattChan indicated. The correct chinese term is 'Chuan Fa': en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuan_fa
Feb
7
awarded  Scholar
Feb
7
accepted Which muscles do I use to stand?