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Jun
8
comment What exercises are safe (or not) for total beginners?
Thank you, I think?
Jun
7
comment What exercises are safe (or not) for total beginners?
@NoviceInDisguise If you don't have access to a teacher, then we must first set expectations properly: the highest martial skill you are likely to reach (unless you have an innate aptitude for this) is a fairly proficient brawler level. If we agree on this, then there are two things that you must do: basic conditioning and basic stretching. Ignore weight-lifting for now, as it has very specific benefits and isn't worth it early on. For both conditioning and stretching, any "beginner's book" will get you started, and you can refine your knowledge from there on as needed.
May
8
comment Preventing jammed toe during judo randori
If I had to guess, I'd say that there was a problem from his hip that led to a downward stepping direction instead of forward. arching the toe up can be palliative, and if done carefully, can help him backtrack all the way to the hip and fix the source of the movement.
Feb
1
comment What style to do?
There's never a single best answer to this question, so it might need to be closed, since it doesn't quite fit the context of Q&A that we're aiming for. However, the question might be changed to fit better. Why did the idea even cross your mind? Did you speak to your teacher about it?
Nov
12
comment Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?
The problem with inside joke is that you have to be inside to get them. Inside jokes diminish the size of the audience that can find this answer valuable.
Aug
24
comment How to avoid aggravating a sprain while training in MMA?
You can lead a passionate person to a bed, but you can't make 'em rest! :)
Nov
27
comment Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?
Well, it reminds me of the scene at the end of V for Vendetta, really. "You've got nothing. Nothing but your bloody knives and your fancy karate gimmicks." The pyjama bit is something I hear a lot. It's the intentional misspelling that irked me. Dancing and martial arts have a lot in common.
Nov
27
comment Between Kyokushin and Shotokan, which focuses more on hard sparring and less on kata?
"krotty dances" sounds snide to me.
Oct
4
comment Is “choondu marmam” in Kalari Payattu real?
This is a very valuable answer. I wonder if there are ways to vote up answers for some sort of "Hall of Fame"... ?
Oct
4
comment Is “choondu marmam” in Kalari Payattu real?
I would amend your last sentence and remove "with a high degree of certainty", but that may just be a pet peeve of mine. Skeptic, yes, but incredulous and annoying are things I don't like. I agree with basically everything else you wrote, but if you are sitting in your armchair waiting for this evidence, I guarantee you that it will not come to you :)
Aug
12
comment Elements of a good reverse punch
@nsawaya I don't understand what you mean by "the shoulder is pushing backwards". Could you help me?
Aug
12
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
@slugster Still waiting for citations! :-)
Aug
12
comment Elements of a good reverse punch
I think most of your post is very valuable, but I don't think what you say about striking from the shoulder is correct. Maybe your meaning is right and your words are wrong. The shoulder should barely (if at all) be involved in a strike. If you strike from the shoulder, you are disconnecting yourself from your hips, which is where the most powerful muscles in the body are.
Jul
25
comment How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?
@bcmoney the question is meant to be as generic as possible, while yet having useful answers (hopefully). Stating the art would make the problem less generic.
Jul
9
comment What exactly is Kalaripayattu?
@THelper every martial art is considered to be the deadliest martial art in the world. Either we ban this sentence entirely from the site or we allow it and let it slide. I don't think this is a very valuable argument to have, in any case.
Jun
18
comment Looking for cheap cutting material for tameshigiri practice
Is there a way of getting in touch with you, or a website, or something? :)
Jun
6
comment Diagram of Tensho kata?
May I suggest a bigger version of this image: kyokushinkan-australia.com/uploads/1/8/0/0/18009363/…
May
22
comment Is “choondu marmam” in Kalari Payattu real?
You are using a counter-example to claim that a theory (for lack of a better word) is false. This is inaccurate. You are not trying to disprove "all crows are black". You are trying to disprove "this crow is black". Showing a few white crows does nothing to disprove the color of this particular one.
May
16
comment Attacked by black belt
What? A little more context would be useful.
May
15
comment Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?
chuckle I meant make it more obvious that you are talking about your path, instead of making it more obvious which part of your opinions we should focus on.