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comment What disciplines/grades to list for social network martial arts site?
Karate styles can differ considerably, there can even be differences within the same style for those that are not tightly controlled by a governing body. As for grades, just list kyus and dans - belt colors and adornments can differ according to style.
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comment Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
@Nathan my thoughts are that there is a massive difference between a junior black belt and a senior black belt :) I've also seen many parents have unrealistic goals for their children (not that I'm implying that's the case here). I can understand why this question has been asked, I just don't think it can be answered in any practicable way.
Jan
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comment Should I quit competitive sparring class in tae kwon do?
.... but having said that my aim is not to destroy her hopes, but rather to encourage her to focus her energy in a different and more productive direction. We've all failed at something, the key thing is to recognise and accept then move on.
Jan
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comment Should I quit competitive sparring class in tae kwon do?
@Sard Good question - based on the info given I would say that Sky wasn't suited to the class, therefore the coach didn't fail. Once you enter a high performance or elite program it has to be a meritocracy - a coach should not (in good faith) train someone who is assured of failing at the desired level.....
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answered Should I quit competitive sparring class in tae kwon do?
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comment Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
@Nathan I would consider it quite normal for a black belt to be able to grade some students, and in this case it is only to 4th kyu. So it is hardly worth trying to make a point over the "instructor" accreditation of this particular course. Sardathrion provided evidence of a legitimate well established school that gives you the opportunity to gain a black belt after an 11 month intensive course (they won't give you the belt if you fail the examinations), so maybe you should suspend the overly harsh judgement until you actually meet some of its participants?
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Dec
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answered Best martial arts for a 6 and 8 year old?
Dec
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comment Video evidence of Aikido applied against a resisting non-aikidoka?
@Sardathrion Voting is anonymous so I can't see who down voted, but having said that people are also not required to justify a down vote. It's just part of the risk of answering a more contentious question - somebody may disagree with the answer, and that somebody doesn't necessarily have the knowledge or wisdom to fully appreciate the answer.
Dec
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comment Cardio/ Jujitsu excercise without using legs
It depends on what the "hurt" is. You're not going to lose much stamina/conditioning if you take it easy for a week or two. For the jujitsu skills, practice them in your head while you're resting up so you stay up to date mentally.
Dec
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reviewed Edit How are joints affected in the long term by martial arts practice?
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revised How are joints affected in the long term by martial arts practice?
Lanuage, punctuation.
Dec
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comment How are joints affected in the long term by martial arts practice?
@matt I think that physiology and physics are getting all mixed up. Recoiling as the kick lands is bad from both a physics and physiology POV - you've got force/momentum going everywhere as you recoil, which will also mean you're off balance and/or twisted. If there is recoil down the leg then that is energy that is not dissipating through the opponent. Retracting the leg after impact is not recoiling, hence my comment about terminology. In any case I think concentrating on just the knee/elbow is wrong - they don't take anywhere near the same impact as the knuckles (which are a joint).
Dec
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comment How are joints affected in the long term by martial arts practice?
Maybe it's a terminology thing, but I would disagree with several of your assertions. A bent elbow while punching is not to avoid impact directly on the joint - it's to avoid hyperextension and to maintain control and focus (there's minimal or no benefit in letting the fist travel that 1/2 inch further). Also bending your legs and absorbing the kick force will lead to sloppy weak kicks - force you "absorb back" isn't going in to your opponent. Like I said, maybe it's just a terminology thing.
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revised Punishment in the Martial arts
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comment Improving my back stance
Where is the pain? Is it the same both sides? Do you have the same issue both ways, or is your stance different from left to right?
Nov
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comment Is there a reason that the red part of the belt is on the left side?
@Rodrigo This answer has been flagged. It reads more like a comment or a supplementary answer to your previous one. You might want to edit it into a more standalone answer otherwise it will ultimately end up deleted. Thanks!