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May
22
comment What is “seven star”?
Can't be bothered. I don't bother posting here any more - just saw something in my inbox while checking stackoverflow. Too many people voting on subjects they don't understand
Mar
31
comment Self defense with one hand tied behind back?
I had to a few years back when I snapped a chest muscle grappling. So I trained one-handed for a couple of months to let the muscle re-knit.
Sep
2
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
Mike has created a 6H group on facebook. There's also a Greenoch Ninjas group for old (way way old) rec.m-a posters.
Aug
15
comment Martial arts for building self confidence
"it is vital that you chose a good school and a good teacher. Talk to them and make them aware of what your goals are. Talk to their students." This.
Aug
15
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
Good answer but a little unfair to call it hand-waving. It's a pre-scientific word for energy used in many different contexts by chinese people today where we would say energy.
Aug
15
comment How, historically, did American push-hands get so restrictive in comparison to Chinese push-hands?
The British event you show is "fixed step" as opposed to moving step. The moving step events in the UK comps are often criticized as being too rough. I've had a chest muscle snap doing push hands and my students at these events always took spare Tshirts as they'd be soaked in sweat.
Aug
15
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
Chinese people today often use the word "qi" for "energy" as we would saying "this painting has a lot of energy", "I don't have the energy to do this", "I slept well so I have a lot of energy"
Aug
3
comment Short leg issue and wide-soled shoe
An opinion backed by evidence. Google for Cochrane reviews of chiropractors. Google research on "subluxations" and say asthma. Have a look at whatstheharm.net/chiropractic.html A properly trained MD has a wide understanding of the whole body and should be able to recommend appropriate specialists.
Apr
19
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Fair comment - I was primarily thinking of learning to take a punch and move fast.
Apr
9
comment What is Fa-jin?
@slugster No, it wouldn't it. Qi in chinese is a generic term for energy of all kinds. It's a very broad term.
Apr
7
comment What is Fa-jin?
Yes. It's the simplest path for the force to travel.
Apr
6
comment Rule 1: Cardio. What exercises are worth doing to increase cardiovascular fitness?
One of the best I've found is mae ukemi - as fast as you can, turn, roll back, turn, repeat. 3 sets of 3 minutes. Works your lungs hard as well as you stay curled while chasing speed.
Apr
6
comment What do I need to keep in mind when picking a martial art as a bouncer?
+1 Damn good answer. Geoff Thompson makes similar recommendations. Terry ONeill would add leg sweeps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoff_Thompson_(writer) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_O%27Neill_%28martial_artist%29
Apr
6
comment Did Karate really originate in the Okinawa region of Japan?
My karate friends speak highly of this book amazon.co.uk/The-Bible-Karate-Bubishi-Martial/dp/0804820155/…
Apr
6
comment Short leg issue and wide-soled shoe
A friend benefited greatly from seeing a doctor associated with the Karate Union of GB who understood medicine and martial arts. A problem with his knees was actually too tight achilles tendons.
Apr
6
comment Impact of being smaller(shorter arms) and how to overcome this
Another vote for footwork drills. I'm biased but if you can find a Wu tai chi stylist near you their small frame pushing hands drills might be a useful add-on. No disrespect to wing chun - I like to borrow useful drills from lost of places.
Apr
6
comment Thrusting Targets in the Leg
You might also like to ask this on the ARMA forums at thearma.org/forum/index.php
Mar
18
comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
Wu sword form is mainly right-handed but you swap the sword to your left a few times.
Mar
6
comment Tips for faster regeneration after training
I gave my copy of Fit to Fight to a nephew. Really good if slightly scarey guide to being fit to fight amazon.co.uk/Fit-Fight-Manual-Intense-Training/dp/0953763803
Mar
5
comment What strength and conditioning exercises are used in tai chi?
Why don't we both do so then take turns editing? My time's a little precarious as I'm on-call this week. As long as we credit David and point to the origin to help increase awareness of his books.