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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
15
comment Is “choondu marmam” in Kalari Payattu real?
I have appended your other answer to this one. Multiple answers are fine provided they each stand on their own. Otherwise you can simply edit your answer to include more detail when you want to.
Feb
4
comment Why can't I bring my knees up fast enough to block low kicks in Muay Thai?
Good answer, except in Muay Thai you want a 50/50 distribution of your weight. So I would rephrase your first sentence to say "remove weight from the front leg", just to emphasize that you're not placing lots of weight on the back foot.
Feb
4
comment How much risk is there to have a nose broken when sparring in muay thai?
@Vass It totally depends on the nose cartilage being struck (it will vary per person), but in general it doesn't take a lot of force at all - the same force as generated via a push up (per your comment below) would do it.
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
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.
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
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.
Nov
11
comment What are the advantages of using a vertical fist for punching?
I agree with @Dave. Specifically, you only ever punch with the first two knuckles - if you are using the 3rd/4th knuckles then you are doing a more specialised technique which is not delivered like a normal punch.
Nov
9
comment How many people in america know bjj and/or mma in america?
While I am a long way from the American market, I would agree and speculate that the popularity of those arts will be directly linked to the various TV and sports shows featuring them at the moment.
Nov
7
comment What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners
@GµårÐïåñ You may have misinterpreted what I meant - it's got nothing to do with how good you are or your level of knowledge, it's that those close to you won't necessarily learn or apply themselves well when you train them. I've got this with my kids - they learn little things from me when we play fight, but formalised training is out of the question because to them I am Daddy rather than Sensei. This means I need to let someone else train them, then just correct the things that are wrong and give them occasional extra tuition.
Nov
7
comment What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners
"how to approach their training without inevitably treating them like the countless Marines I have trained" - you are making the assumption that you are the right trainer for them. You may be better off just sending them to someone else to train (and be prepared for the possibility that they may not train for long before losing interest).
Oct
22
comment What is the most effective martial art in a street fight - no weapons?
While I do think some excellent answers can be generated by this question, it is entirely too broad and subject to opinion (e.g. it is impossible to provide definitive studies/facts/statistics/etc to validate the answer). This is exactly the sort of question that is to be avoided. If you want you can still edit this and ask for it to be considered for reopening, or you could ask a new but far more tightly constrained question.