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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.


Apr
30
comment Choosing a Target When Cornered by Multiple Attackers
Welcome back :)
Apr
30
comment Stretches for kicking?
Was the pain at the front or back of the leg, i.e. at the top of the quads or hamstrings? Or was it higer still, maybe at the bottom of your abdominals? Or in between? Which splits can you do - longitudinal ("American") or side ("Chinese")?
Apr
26
comment Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?
Dang, I'm gonna have to aquire that movie and watch it one weekend.
Apr
26
comment Why should I wear my gi with left side over right side?
Zombie karateka are the exception :)
Apr
22
comment Krav Maga, is it 100% legal for defense?
@Tzvi Hehe, if you walk around like that then people will indeed think you are "special" and the men in white coats won't be far away ;) But being serious, once you've trained long enough the "always be aware" concept will become more obvious to you - you don't have to be walking around in the "ready to spar" pose. For example I can walk down the street texting on my phone and still be totally aware - in fact the phone can be utilized as a weapon. You should be able to attack or defend from any angle and any pose/stance.
Apr
12
comment How effective are foul techniques as a side control escape?
Personally I would consider biting a valid but somewhat ineffectual and momentary distraction - if you are in a situation where "non-legal" moves are okay then there is a good chance your opponent is whacked out on something (adrenaline at the very least) and can ignore a bite. IOW the bite better be followed up by something else pretty quick for it to have any benefit.
Apr
10
comment Is martial arts training 'inadequate' for the real world?
People are not offended with your previous post, they simply disagree with your answer to the question (which could also be because of the original formatting you had or they may simply not understand what you are saying in the way you expected).
Apr
9
comment What is Fa-jin?
I can't help but muse... surely the "strength" that "flows through the body" would be more accurately described as Qi, especially when the term is used within the context of the internal arts?
Mar
7
comment Are martial arts helpful in dealing with pain from a sedentary lifestyle?
@Soutrik I would consider you to be quite skinny :) Those were simply some common problems I threw out there for consideration. You really should see a specialist - it might be expensive but living a pain (and injury) free life can be worth the expense. It could even be a simple problem. If you seek treatment and feel comfortable talking about it then let us know how it goes.
Mar
5
comment How do I determine which pieces of wood I can safely attempt to break with my fist?
Mandatory philosophical answer: you would know if you were ready for breaking a broom handle, you wouldn't need to ask :)
Mar
1
comment Are martial arts helpful in dealing with pain from a sedentary lifestyle?
@DaveLiepmann They weren't diagnoses they were suggestions, and I thought I made it clear he should consult a specialist (curiously a few answers fail to mention that). In my answer I drew upon my knowledge and experience and mentioned some areas for further research, much like you did in yours. I simply outlined some of the common ways his job could cause those injuries (based on personal experience), this is the same experience that enables me to answer with some authority on another medical related question.
Feb
20
comment What is the best way to determine board-breaking ability?
From a martial arts perspective this is an ok question, but from a physics perspective it is so fundamentally flawed that words fail me... unfortunately my physics side managed to dominate my MA side on this one.
Feb
5
comment Martial arts with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)?
@RobZ Thanks for the follow up and I hope you are making progress with healing it. Yours is an edge case (the footnote covers your case :), but I'll leave my answer as-is because it still applies to normal people and may be of help to someone else.Hope you're back to normal practice soon!
Jan
29
comment What material should be covered in a rape-defense course?
Sorry @Dave, but it's not a one-in-a-million shot. I've been there, I've been on the receiving end as a training partner, I've taught it - it works beautifully. Of course it shouldn't be the only thing they know and rely on, like any other technique it does have its chances at failure. Your challenge is to teach them simple effective techniques that they will hardly (if ever) practice between the occassional session with you.
Jan
17
comment Designs for a Board Breaker / Board Holder?
Nice :) From your article: Matching the two sides of a board from a pile of halves can be a challenge - the solution is to break more boards, thus producing more options :) Moar!!
Jan
15
comment Amount of force to do X
Good question :) The neck is an interesting one - it is suprisingly hard to break unless you use the exact right angles - then it becomes quite easy. The actual amount of force to break an arbitrary rib would also be influenced by the density of the muscle/fat covering the area.
Jan
12
comment Martial arts with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)?
Something I've heard and you may want to look in to is that weaknesses in some of the knee ligaments can be overcome by strengthening the quads (this morsel of goodness comes from rugby players, they are prone to knee ligamnt problems).
Jan
10
comment Getting Punches in stomach as practice in kick boxing
@John Think of it as a drill. When you spar, have you been caught in the stomach area unawares? If not, maybe you only need to do it occassionally now. This sort of drill doesn't build the muscle or increase your physical capacity in any way, it simply trains you to react and fortifies you mentally to tolerate pain and discomfort. Do you think you are ready to move on from it?
Jan
9
comment Getting Punches in stomach as practice in kick boxing
I agree. You need to experience pain to learn to conquer it, but there is a limit to how much stomach-beating you need.
Jan
7
comment Are handwrappings used only together with boxing gloves?
I would suggest that this is because of a crucial difference between boxers/MMA fighters and traditional martial artists - while boxers & MMA fighters spend a lot of time hitting a bag they don't spend a lot of time conditioning the knuckles like traditionalists do (maybe some of the old school MMA fighters do, but only because they come from a traditional background).