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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.


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.
Oct
9
comment Elements of a good reverse punch
+1 for mentioning what the other (non punching) hand is doing - it isn't just "getting ready" as explained in a lot of styles :)
Sep
27
comment Two Muay Thai teachers teach different techniques. Who's right(est)?
@Vorac, that is exactly what the question is about. I've added a link to my answer which is worth a read and explains it well.
Sep
1
comment In kempo karate, what's the order of the forms and combination you learn?
Can you add some more context to your answer? At the moment it is just a bunch of numbers, maybe you could add names/descriptions, or links?
Aug
26
comment Counting Calories when Training for TKD Tournament
Hi and welcome to Martial Arts. In its current state your question is incredibly broad and hard to answer definitively and usefully, especially as the answer will vary for every person wanting to use the answer (everyone is different). Can you narrow down your question at all? Add some more information, like any particular program that you are on now, and anything you know to work for yourself?
Aug
12
comment Martial arts for building self confidence
All due respect, but I wouldn't call 6'2" and 180lb "heavy". You might lack toning/definition/strength, but it's not particularly heavy.
Aug
9
comment What are the purposes of martial arts forms?
I've merged your second answer back into this one as it was a reply (multiple answers should be separate and distinct, capable of standing individually). Check it over and edit it as you see fit.
Jul
30
comment What is the most efficient way for a beginner to improve his posture?
You will spend years learning the correct posture and positions. This is perfectly normal.
Jul
26
comment How to build up endurance when rolling?
@ChristopherPerry Excellent suggestion - BCAAs are great for recovery and could really assist the turnaround time between workouts for the OP.
Jul
13
comment How should a college club train for MMA?
+1 - #3 is going to be hard for them to avoid :)
Jun
28
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
+1, excellent answer.
Jun
28
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
@DaveLiepmann You absolutely don't need references simply to disagree with me, not at all. Regardless of my opinion on the subject the answer is low in quality - it makes some bold assertions and offers nothing to validate those assertions (there is no indication of Juann's level of skill and/or experience except in the comments). I am simply encouraging him to improve his answer, especially as it is the marked answer. The post notice that I added fits this scenario perfectly, especially as it is a contentious subject.
Jun
28
comment What is Qi power and has it been proven to exist scientifically?
Juann I'm aware of the studies and their results, I'm simply encouraging you to cite them and include excerpts where possible or relevant. As you will know we also discourage extended discussion via the comments, if you want to continue I've created a chat room for it: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/9438/qi-power Alternatively you could seek clarification via the MA Meta site.