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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.


Feb
2
answered How much risk is there to have a nose broken when sparring in muay thai?
Feb
1
awarded  Yearling
Jan
23
comment Self-defense against a bigger charging opponent
@GµårÐïåñ If you want to have a chat about this then feel free to ping me from around 2230 GMT and we can take it to a chat room.
Jan
21
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
With regards to "hidden meanings" - without a doubt there will have been many charlatans who have tried to leverage this for their own reasons, however it is safe to say that there are indeed many "hidden" or nuanced meanings in the bunkai of kata. Once you understand them basic techniques like Soto Uke and Age Uke can be used in several different ways - the last thing I would use them for is "blocking punches or attempted strikes with a beer bottle or baseball bat", which unfortunately is what a lot of instructors teach them as.
Jan
21
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
After reading your thoughts, it occurs to me that from your description you are saying regular linework and kata are effectively identical (except the kata has turns). Your description does nothing to explain why kata like Sanchin, Seisan and Bassai Dai exist. If you accept Funakoshi as a reliable source (which you should!) then read his book Karate Jutsu from what I've been told (by someone who owns it - it is reasonably rare) he is quite explicit with his descriptions of bunkai and "hidden meanings" which you are endeavouring to debunk.
Jan
20
comment What does the closed fist covered by open hand signify?
When you quote sections verbatim from other sites please make it obvious within your answer that you are quoting an external source. As someone involved in academia you should understand the need for that.
Jan
15
revised Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?
spelling, added reference
Jan
13
comment What is the best way to improve your skills in BJJ (gi and no-gi) and become a black belt in short period?
That's not really a short period of time, especially when training three or four times a week. And arguably it would be made easier if they had experience in other martial arts before starting BJJ.
Jan
9
revised Self-defense against a bigger charging opponent
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Jan
9
answered Self-defense against a bigger charging opponent
Dec
31
revised Good excercises to reduce the amount of pain in your palm/fingers when hitting with open palm?
added 299 characters in body
Dec
31
answered Good excercises to reduce the amount of pain in your palm/fingers when hitting with open palm?
Dec
12
comment What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?
I'm not the down voter, but I would suggest that the definition of 'internal' that you've given is not correct. For example I've always been taught that internal arts concentrate on power generation from and energy delivery to the internal energy meridians, whereas the external arts focused on delivering energy (force/pain) to the external parts of the body - but both internal and external could still utilise components of the other.
Dec
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
4
comment Controlling my emotions during sparring
+1, although I will say it's common karate for dan grades to spar white belts - the dan grade should spar to the capability of the white belt and push them a little further. Showing the right judgement and control in a situation like that is one of the parts of becoming a dan grade.
Nov
30
comment I'm totally new to Tai Chi How to learn it and where to learn it?
Hi, welcome to MartialArts.Se. You're question is almost a duplicate of this one: Martial art for a complete newbie - can i learn on my own?, see if it answers your question.
Nov
26
comment How do I increase hip flexibility for round kicks?
+1 for the ballet - it might sound a little "gay" to the regular red blooded male, but training in ballet is going to give impressive results with your martial arts, I would endorse it 100%.
Nov
24
comment Why are ankles wrapped in Muay Thai?
The ankle ones - once upon a time they might have been a lot stronger (i.e. flax/hemp or similar), but I find it hard to believe that modern ankle wraps would provide much benefit during a full contact fight. In the few times I competed I never saw anyone using them - but that's just my experience. Maybe there is a specific method of wrapping that provides some lateral stability without impinging on mobility, I dunno.
Nov
24
comment Why are ankles wrapped in Muay Thai?
Personally I think that (modern day) wraps are more cosmetic than anything else, but that's just my opinion and I've never seen anything authoritative on it. Maybe they are traditional rather than functional.
Nov
23
comment Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?
@Btuman The link is alive again - probably an intermittent or localised problem.