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May
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comment How to get a punch through opponents guard?
Don't punch through the guard. Make the guard not be there, then punch. If you both have a guard up and neither can get through it then you don't have a fight.
May
1
comment Is this normal for a two section staff?
Do you have one or two photos of the problem?
Apr
29
comment If clinching is technically illegal, why does it almost always go unpunished?
I guess it also depends on the intent of the clinch - fighters can just get bound up, but some fighters use it cynically to kill a fight. Determining that intent can be tough in some cases and borderline calls can easily lead to spectator dissatisfaction. Also top level boxing is very focused on making money - you'll have a problem attracting certain "stars" for your promotion if you start to penalize them too heavily for cynical clinching.
Apr
14
comment Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight
"Self defense" doesn't have a particular style, it is an accumulation of techniques and strategies from whatever arts you choose. We teach a whole bunch of different self defense techniques, but we advise not to go for the groin kick because of its low rate of success and victims will tend to focus on it therefore getting into more trouble. A (downward) punch to the groin actually has a better chance of success than a kick due to it being unexpected, and also due to it actually hitting (and stretching) nerve clusters rather than hitting the scrotal area.
Apr
13
comment Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight
You have a well considered answer but I would agree with @Zen_Hydra. When teaching self defense we specifically encourage students to not focus on the groin kick because it is a surprisingly hard target to hit. Or to turn that around, it is very easy to get it wrong and mishit or straight out miss the target. It is a very easy target for males to protect and they do it instinctively. You get a better return on investment if you concentrate on other targets.
Apr
11
comment Boxing Micro Rings
Hi @Clementino, welcome to the site. Please note that this is a Q&A site, not a general discussion. Please post actual answers and refrain from leaving opinion and/or general chit-chat on each question you read. Make sure you take the tour and understand it before answering. Thanks!
Apr
9
comment What is the most effective cold weapon alternative to knife?
There's a good illustration of my point above: in this country nunchaku and shuriken are not forbidden, I can walk down the road openly carrying them. But I have a good reason or purpose - a gang member or youth won't get away with the same behavior.
Apr
9
comment What is the most effective cold weapon alternative to knife?
This is a tough question because it depends upon wording of laws - many don't explicitly prohibit knives or bladed weapons, but they do prohibit offensive weapons. For example a kubotan can be considered offensive, depending on your intention and the situation and the mood of the law enforcement officer.
Apr
6
comment What is the minumum training time to remain proficient?
The time required to "remain proficient" is heavily dependent on your rank and knowledge - a white belt will have to spend far less time remaining proficient than a black belt.
Mar
30
comment Maximizing Liver Shot Damage
@Sard asking about a specific technique and the optimal ways to deliver it are one of the primary purposes of the site - many techniques can kill if used improperly. Bill: thanks for the edit, it better defines exactly what you're asking.
Mar
27
comment Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight
As for "setting up for a high kick" - street fights are fast and disorganized, the chances of setting up for head kicks are slim, although you should take that chance if you've got it. Street fights should be ended as fast as possible, the only set up you do is for the very next technique. Unless you were talking about organized/ring fights, which is not what the question was about.
Mar
27
comment Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight
@TonyD You can disagree if you want, no problems :) I did mention that low kicks were faster/more stable/"safer", I didn't say you shouldn't do high kicks, especially if a good opportunity arises. There is no lack of understanding, I just don't head hunt with kicks when I could be doing something else. As Zen_Hydra said, they're just another tool - and they shouldn't be prioritised to the exclusion of other techniques.
Mar
24
comment Low kicks vs high kicks in street fight
I'd seen that gif before but I just noticed the sunglasses...
Mar
23
comment Non-sexist equivalent of “Man up” within the dojo
Guys (can I say that in a thread about sexism??!!), please take extended conversation to chat, or even write an answer! I'm cleaning up comments and I hate doing that because a) it's hard, and b) someone will think I'm censoring them when I'm not.
Mar
23
comment Non-sexist equivalent of “Man up” within the dojo
Guys, take it to chat if you want to continue discussing this (and be nice to each other). I'm commencing a comment cleanup......
Mar
22
comment What is the difference between a Teacher & an Instructor?
I don't really think your edit adds much clarity because what you mention is specific to what happens where you train.
Mar
14
comment Is the following position realistic in any fight?
Related: martialarts.stackexchange.com/q/539/70
Mar
9
comment How to escape from a sankyo grip?
@Bankuei can you summarize some of those comments into your answer? I can then clean up the discussion.
Mar
5
comment Is the following position realistic in any fight?
@css1971 I've taken the liberty of starting the process of merging the user6807 user with you. It should be complete in the next 24 hours or so.
Mar
3
comment How to properly initiate or use karate( any style that uses the beginning blocks since they're actually grappling techniques)grappling techniques
@css1971 Yeah, soto uke (and some other basic "blocks") are in few katas. It makes for a simple and easy to communicate/understand example though.