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May
29
comment is Jun Chong TKD a legitimate TKD dojo for self defense?
Guys, please do not carry on extended conversations in the comments. Either extend the question and/or answer, or take it to a chatroom. Thanks :) Note that I will be tidying these comments up at a later date.
Apr
28
comment Muay Thai or Krav Maga?
Having said that, why don't you try both at the same time (train each one once or twice a week) and then make a decision once you've got a bit of experience in each? Neither are similar to Kali, although Krav Maga may teach you some weapon skills.
Apr
28
comment Muay Thai or Krav Maga?
Hi and welcome to the site. Questions like "Which should I choose...?" are not particularly good as it solicits answers that are primarily opinion based. And it's also good to avoid very broad questions like "What are the differences between art A and art B?".
Apr
27
comment How many days per week shoud I train BJJ?
When training this hard recovery is every bit as important as training.
Apr
27
comment Underwater Rear Naked Choke
+1 for mention of the pinch of triceps skin - make sure you pinch only a small amount of skin because it is actually more painful than doing a large amount. This is also a great self defence move for women - easy to apply and gives you that small amount of time you need to get out of a hold. Done properly it also leaves a massive bruise so you can tell who you had to pinch :)
Apr
22
comment How do I increase flexibility to achieve a full split?
Just to nitpick your health habits point: I never had any stretching issues resulting from drinking beer. And the 2L of water per day is a relatively arbitrary figure that has been widely promoted but is not based on good solid science (it's also promoted as "8 glasses a day") - it varies a lot per person.
Feb
25
comment How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?
I'm also a cyclist and would endorse it as an excellent low impact way of building aerobic capacity (doing sprints and incline work). Also agree on the ab work - in fact they are so important you can't emphasize that enough. @DaveLiepmann is also right with the limited range of movement comment - for me it really affected the flexibility of my hamstrings, so stretching is very important if cycling is going to be used.
Feb
25
comment How do I increase endurance levels to cope with Muay Thai demands?
The only way to improve your fitness and conditioning is to continually push the boundaries - which is what you are doing. Have you improved since you started?
Feb
18
comment Are there legal ramifications to being a trained martial artist?
Hi Byron, welcome. Can you take some time to format your answer? At the moment it is a wall of text, try and break it up a bit. Just use the edit link at the bottom of your answer. Thanks.
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.