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Feb
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comment Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?
@KeithNicholas All I said was 'develop awareness'... I never said it was the be-all, end-all of knife training (or any training for that matter). Slow training has the benefit of developing awareness and sensitivity, which fast training (as the OP clearly states) does not, and this leads to problems. I realize that I did not "answer the question", but I feel like I answered the problem.
Feb
2
asked What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
Feb
2
comment Is aikido a good addition to Karate? Or shoud I go for jiu-jitsu?
Can't answer this question until OP actually tells us what he wants. "replacing karate" or "adding to karate" are not useful requirements, because too abstract and wholly dependent on the training that was done.
Feb
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answered Rule 1: Cardio. What exercises are worth doing to increase cardiovascular fitness?
Feb
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comment Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?
Pens or anything that leaves marks is excellent if you're keeping score. Before you keep score, my thought on this is to develop awareness. Reasoning: what are we keeping track of if people are flailing around, unknowing of what's happening around them?
Feb
2
revised How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
Add mushin, per Sardathrion's suggestion
Feb
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comment How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
Yes! How did I forget that one? Editing this in now. Thanks.
Feb
2
comment Lowering heart rate at will
This is the answer I was hoping I'd be able to write. Besides, in archery, like in other martial arts, breathing is everything.
Feb
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answered Do shock knives make a good 'training' alternative to real knives for knife fighting sparring?
Feb
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answered How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation?
Feb
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comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
The jo has traditionally been meant to be a (very effective) defense against the japanese sword. Many of the techniques for defense against a sword use the fact that the sword is held in one particular way. Allowing for another bokken grip may force the techniques to change. The flexibility of the jo would allow for this, of course, and the ease of grip switch is great defense against a sword. Oh, and of course, the other traditional reason - since people had the scabbard on the left side, they drew on the right side. Much tradition here indeed.
Feb
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answered I have very little toe flexibility - are there other front kicks I can use?
Feb
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answered Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick
Feb
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Feb
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answered Exercises to improve balance when kicking
Feb
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comment What's the most effective way to discipline students (particularly juniors)?
Absolutely! Spoken like someone who has had to learn a lot of things about teaching kids the hard way :)
Feb
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comment What martial notation systems exist for describing techniques in writing?
@DavidH.Clements, wow that looks absolutely worth experimenting with! I think I even have some graph paper lying around...
Feb
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answered Doing Miller's One-Step Drills
Feb
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revised How to select the right Aikido dojo
corrected spelling
Feb
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