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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
comment How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?
You can learn "in practice", but a technique might have a specific tricky sequence of steps that you tend to forget while first learning it and you want to write it down while fresh in your mind so you can go over it again (mentally or for real) before the next class. Or your school may have a bunch of specific named or numbered techniques, and while you may execute them just fine you have trouble keeping the numbering or nomenclature straight and want to go over it every day until you have it down.
comment Can I start martial arts after a minor disc herniation?
The thing with early 20's is that people of that age are stupid and inexperienced. When things hurt, they don't take it easy or seek the right medical attention, instead they try to push through as if they were indestructible and make it worse. In my case, I felt the pain in my leg, self-treated it as a pulled hamstring (and thus doing activities that actually made it worse). When I finally went to a doctor, they said "I can tell from the way you're standing that the problem is your back, not your leg." Dumb kid.