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Jan
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revised How do blood chokes actually work?
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Jan
15
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Jan
1
comment Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
If they like TKD but you feel that they are being ill-served by being promoted simply for "time served" without mastery (by which I mean achieving an appropriately high level of skill in the techniques expected of people at a particular rank), you could find another TKD school that has stricter ranking criteria, or a different scale for kids (they'll need to be re-ranked as middle teenagers).
Nov
20
comment Applying WTF Tae-Kwon-Do to self-defense
For cross-training, Hapkido is also a good choice, as the striking and kicking overlaps nicely with TKD (and will share Korean terminology), but it also will include throws, joint locks, grappling, and be somewhat more self-defense oriented.
Sep
26
comment Is it okay to spar without gloves?
It is not true in general that sparring safely involves "just mimicing actual moves with little or no force behind them." The degree of contact expected from sparring varies considerably from martial art to martial art, school to school, and instructor to instructor, and can range from pretending/pantomiming, all the way to full contact.
Aug
14
answered Training two martial arts at the same time, on the same days of the week?
Aug
8
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Aug
8
comment How to deal with an excessively aggressive student that is turning people off sparring classes?
Don't keep somebody around who is unsafe and discouraging to other students, and has already resisted efforts to modify his behavior. Why would you want someone like that in your school?
Jul
18
answered How painful is it for professional fighters to get hit
May
29
comment How to “man up” to begin a martial art?
Fine point: you will spar with people higher rank than you. If you're not, you're missing on valuable education; you don't get better by only sparring people your level or worse. But this will be in class, presumably with people who are being careful not to hurt their fellow students. However, you'll not be competing against people much higher rank than you, which are the kind of circumstances where you are more likely to be against somebody who has no qualms about hurting you.
May
21
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May
18
answered How to deal with an “anti-violence” instinct during sparring?
Mar
27
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Mar
27
answered Is it possible to learn Martial Arts (Kung Fu in my case) effectively without sparring?
Feb
11
comment Punishment in the Martial arts
I'm all for respect and discipline. Somebody can be respectful, disciplined, interested, and dedicated, and yet still be "falling behind" compared to quicker students. I was just commenting that the best goal of martial arts instruction is not necessarily or exclusively to "make champions" in a way that purposely weeds out under-performers early on.
Feb
6
comment Punishment in the Martial arts
Can you be more specific about how they are being "less respectful?" What do you mean by "when the students walk?"
Feb
6
comment Punishment in the Martial arts
Some people who start out fooling around, giving it half effort, or simply not being naturally athletic, will turn out weeks or months later having something "click" and turning into some of the best and most dedicated students. It would be a shame to be too aggressive in "weeding them out" too early in the process, unless they are so disruptive as to be actively inhibiting the progress of other more serious students.
Nov
21
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Nov
21
revised What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
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Oct
24
answered Is it respectful for someone of a coloured rank to date a black belt?