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I have been training for the last 20+ years in a Okinawan derived style called Bushin Ryu.

In that time I've also dabbled in some other arts and had the good fortune to train under some excellent people.


Jul
26
comment How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?
@Dave the close vote will expire if no others follow it. It's not a duplicate question but it would certainly be a duplicate answer.
Jul
25
comment How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?
You've asked in a different way, but the answer to your question is the same as given here: Good exercises for higher side kicks?. Note that while you may strive for a full split, not everyone can achieve it, you may have a physiological setup that precludes it.
Jul
25
answered Are martial arts suitable for a busy, IT professional?
Jul
24
awarded  Convention
Jul
21
answered How many (and what) things have I failed to do if I get into a fight?
Jul
18
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
@Roland - I've spent a lot of time as a bouncer (club doorman) so have had my fair share of trouble. Kata moves work incredibly well in real fights, in fact it can be quite scary when you instinctively perform the moves and leave someone (almost literally) in pieces on the pavement, it gives you a new respect for what you've learnt. Of course this stuff doesn't apply in the same way in controlled fights, those require skills and talents beyond just executing kata moves. But remember the question wasn't about fighting as such, it was about the uses of kata/forms.
Jul
18
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
@Roland - I understand what you mean, I think you are missing something quite subtle - katas are designed to finish fights. If you look at anyone of a high enough rank, their "fighting" consists of distinct sequences of moves, it isn't a continuous rumble (if it is then you are doing it wrong). There is a difference between real-world fights in the street (which need to be finished ASAP) and fights in controlled situations like a cage or ring - my answer is from the "real world" perspective.
Jul
7
comment Blocking with a katana blade
From what I've picked up about blade making, the reason to avoid blocking with the sharp edge is not just because of dulling or chipping - it's also because the steel is physically harder on the back edge (i.e. the steel is softer on the sharp edge not just because of thinness but because of the smelting process).
Jul
4
revised Ways for restraining an “automatic aggression response”
minor spelling
Jul
4
answered Proper Toe Position for Boots with a Front Kick
Jul
4
answered Ways for restraining an “automatic aggression response”
Jun
29
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
26
comment Conflict escalation management resources
@Rophuine Your second statement is totally correct, that was what I was implicitly meaning, especially with the phrase and by how much. The key thing is that no two situations are exactly alike, each one needs to be judged on its merits (or lack thereof). And I agree about bouncers - there are a lot of them out there who do the job for entirely the wrong reason.
Jun
24
comment What would you do to handle a road rage fist fight?
@Avi You are correct, but I was referring more to the extra few kicks the MG's delivered to the BG once he was on the ground - at that point he was not a threat, the kicks were simply wanton retribution.
Jun
24
answered What would you do to handle a road rage fist fight?
Jun
10
comment Was Goju-ryu developed specifically for use by the Japanese navy?
@Sepala You are correct that you should never absolutely believe Wikipedia, but there are a whole lot of citations for that article which does make it more accurate. It also roughly tallies with what I was told before the WWW or Wikipedia were big, so it is a fairly standardised history. Is it possible your master has an incorrect interpretation, or are you suggesting there is a "secret" history? "Ideal for use on boats" is quite different to "invented for use on boats".
Jun
10
comment Was Goju-ryu developed specifically for use by the Japanese navy?
This is markedly different from the history documented in Wikipedia: Goju Ryu. You will find a lot of similarities between Shotokan and the hard parts of Goju - they effectively have the same roots but Shotokan was adapted to better suit large scale teaching on mainland Japan.
Jun
9
comment Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
not disputing your answer, just reinforcing part of it. I think carbon fibre even with a core would be no use.
Jun
9
comment Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
Carbon fibre would be incredibly light and it doesn't really handle strikes perpendicular to its surface. Carbon fibre racing bikes often shatter in accidents, and it also has the issue that it can be hard to spot cracks in it.
Jun
6
answered Any way to repair a Jo that has become warped?