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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.
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May
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answered How to deal with an “anti-violence” instinct during sparring?
Mar
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Mar
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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.
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Nov
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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?
Oct
10
comment how realistic is martial arts portrayed in the movie Old Boy?
I'm not sure that your link listing a handful of examples from history (many not independently corroborated, and almost all involving sniper rifles, machine guns, or armored vehicles) qualifies as making it "plausible." Maybe "just barely possible". But it's not indicative of what you could ever expect from any kind of martial arts training, or from any real fight.
Jun
13
answered What does it take to get a black belt in Taekwondo?
Apr
18
comment Why do we do ukemi aka break falls?
+1 Some martial arts teach techniques that only help if you are in a fight. Knowing how to fall and roll safely can help you when you play other sports, or just walking down the street. Everybody falls sooner or later; people trained in breakfalls can often avoid serious injury.
Jan
29
answered How likely is serious injury in martial arts practice?
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answered Can I start training in tae kwon do at age 16?
Dec
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comment What does it take to get a black belt in Taekwondo?
This can differ so much from school to school, and within substyles of TKD. If you've been practicing for 2-3 months (presumably with an instructor / at a school), why not just ask your instructor? There's no telling how applicable, or not, replies you get here will be for your school.
Mar
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Mar
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answered Frequency of Martial Arts lessons