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Jun
26
comment Why a Samurai always wore katana on the left side?
Do you mean that a katana can be used with either hand rather than both hands?
Jun
22
comment what kind of gym work out is necessary for a Tae kwon do learner?
@JohnP I'm cool with these types of questions provided they are reasonably specific, and we don't get a whole bunch of "What workout should I do for martial art X?" derivatives. I prefer to let the community reopen it if they see fit, and this one is almost there. I might start a question on Meta later today and then people can thrash it out a bit.
Jun
20
comment what kind of gym work out is necessary for a Tae kwon do learner?
@DaveLiepmann mods can migrate it, but normally we would ping the mods on the target site first and get them to check if it would be a good fit. Matt is a mod on fitness, so he can shortcut that process. But we don't want to migrate all fitness related questions, it's good to keep some of them here.
Jun
14
comment would this combo of MAs be well rounded or no?
I understand that you're keen to get this question reopened, but it really is way too broad in it's current form - in the space of four questions you're basically asking for a full dissertation on the strengths and weaknesses of Krav vs. other arts. Questions have to be specific and reasonably answerable, and there really should be one question, not several. Remember that this is a Q&A site, not a discussion forum, so try and tailor your questions that way.
Jun
10
comment would this combo of MAs be well rounded or no?
Even when you turn the question around and ask What does Krav Maga lack that other arts have? it is still a poor question because there is no one definitive answer and it will attract plenty of opinion.
Jun
9
comment How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?
I disagree vehemently with this approach. As martial artists we do train to hit hard. There have also been numerous cases recently in New Zealand and Australia where people have died from a single hit - this has lead to the introduction of laws known as "king hit" laws which stiffen the penalties. To advise that this is "so unlikely to happen" and "is extremely unlikely" is misleading and downright dangerous.
Jun
7
comment Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?
Welcome to the site Steve. This is a Q&A site rather than a discussion forum, and your answer currently doesn't really attempt to answer the question in any way, it is more of a comment. Can you take some time to turn it into an actual answer? Thanks!
May
27
comment Should I speed up my breathing or slow down my tai chi?
I'm not a Tai Chi practitioner, but I believe your breathing should speed up to match the movement as the movements can be done at different speeds and breathing is a critical component of it.
May
19
comment What sort of questions drive karate forward?
Welcome to the site. This is a very open ended question, which means it will be next to impossible to come up with a definitive answer (and it will tend to draw opinion based answers rather than fact based ones). Can you rethink the question a bit to avoid these issues?
May
16
comment Tips for alleviating soreness?
What sort of soreness? Is it a lactic acid build up soreness? Or is is like you've lifted heaps of weights and given your muscles a working over type of soreness? One is a dull tired ache that affects entire sections of your body, the other is sharper and more localised (the two can be combined as well).
Apr
21
comment What are the main uses of aikido in self-defense?
Guys, for extended chat don't forget you can take it to a chat room. Go hard but keep the sparring friendly and respectful :)
Apr
14
comment Joining a new dojo, would this be inappropriate?
Personally I would jump in and ask, explaining your background and future plans. "Rules" like that are usually firm guidelines that can be waived for the right people.
Mar
18
comment How to improve speed, strength and condition for Kyokushin karate?
I have fond memories of the candle drill... I knocked a lit candle across a crowded restaurant once when trying to impress the girlfriend at the time with that technique. Good times :)
Mar
14
comment Is 16 too late of an age to start hapkido or judo?
It's too late to start when you're dead, any time before that is good, obviously the sooner the better!
Mar
7
comment I want to learn Jiu Jitsu here in Japan, so do you guys know a school in Japan where they teach Jiu Jitsu, not BJJ?
Also make sure you follow the links given in the close reason of your original question - the Help center stuff is very easy to read and really quite helpful.
Mar
7
comment I want to learn Jiu Jitsu here in Japan, so do you guys know a school in Japan where they teach Jiu Jitsu, not BJJ?
Please be aware that you can change your identity, but the question is still off topic. We really do want to help people, but there are guidelines for questions which are there for a reason. Before you ask your next question please take the time to read the Meta post How to ask questions on MartialArts.SE.
Mar
5
comment Is this shaolin tutorial any good for self-study?
You need to find and attend a real school. You could use internet videos as reference material, but don't ever try to learn only from them. For example: that instructor has a lot of bouncing in his stretches. That might work for him, but bouncing a stretch can hurt beginners.
Mar
1
comment Wearing a fitness tracker during a martial arts session
Hi Nic, welcome to the site. Please keep in mind that this site is question/answer oriented rather than being a discussion forum (IOW answers that are discussions rather than answers run the risk of down votes or being deleted). If you accumulate 50 rep points then you'll be able to leave comments as well as answers.
Feb
11
comment Aikido in a street fight?
@Steve I disagree with your assertion about catching a hand during a fight. Most practitioners learn how to parry, and a catch starts with a parry. For someone trained a catch isn't that hard - especially as the punch usually has to travel further than the hand doing the trap/catch.
Feb
4
comment What is the best point-scoring technique?
The other part of your answer should be don't get hit. It's easier to win that way :)