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Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. Quid enim est aetas hominis, nisi ea memoria rerum veterum cum superiorum aetate contexitur? -- Cicero, Marcus Tullius (106-43BC)


May
1
comment What characteristics should I look for in a sensei?
I think we agree yet again!
May
1
comment What characteristics should I look for in a sensei?
I would say that a reputable dojo will not have any "hidden costs". All costs should be clearly labelled in either their web site or literature.
Apr
26
comment Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?
Gun crime statistics should be available from either your local or global government statistics office: Crime statistics in the UK for example.
Apr
23
comment Are championships against Aikido philosophy?
Tomiki was a student of Kano (founder of Judo) and an academic. These two influences lead to him wanting to "rationalization" Aikido using kano's methods.
Apr
23
comment Are championships against Aikido philosophy?
@Dave: Superb comment!
Apr
23
answered Are championships against Aikido philosophy?
Apr
19
accepted Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
Apr
19
comment Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
@stslavik: ask the question about the "blood groove"... It is indeed an interesting one.
Apr
18
comment Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
@stslavik: Your point on grooves applies to all swords and not just the katana. One more urban myth bites the dust!
Apr
17
asked Why do different shapes of bokken exist?
Apr
17
comment How is a Kubotan used in self-defense?
@KeithNicholas: You say that... Anything you carry in the UK with the specific aim to inflict harm on another is classed as an offensive weapon. So, a whiteboard marker, hair spray, a screw driver, etc, can all be considered offensive weapons under the right circumstances. You are justified in using "reasonable force" but that is not a precisely defined term. It can and does vary from individual to individual. This means that the judge at your trial will decide if you used reasonable force or not.
Apr
16
comment How is a Kubotan used in self-defense?
Side note on legal aspects... The kubotan is considered an offensive weapon in the UK (ref. BBC article and UK government web site) and as such is not a tool to be used for self defence, at least in the UK. I am unaware of any law in other countries but I would check with your local friendly law enforcement agencies before considering either owning a kubotan or learning how to use one. On the other hand, if you are willing to disregard the la
Mar
28
comment Is there one traditional way of tying your belt in aikido?
As far as I know, it is the way we all do it. However, there is another way (bigger and tighter knot) that gets the belt to not undo itself during competition. Sadly, I cannot remember how to do it.
Mar
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on forms tag wiki
Mar
28
reviewed Approve suggested edit on forms tag wiki excerpt
Mar
27
comment What is the proper technique for holding a Century-style body shield for use in Taekwondo?
And me thinking this was about a hoplon, scutum or a kite shield...
Mar
20
comment What is Fudo Myo-o (concepts of mushin, fudoshin, and zanshin)?
@stslavik: Your answer is pretty clear and gives me plenty to follow on through. Thank you. I was familiar with the zanshin part and somewhat with mushin (from mushin, mugamae) but was in the dark as to the rest and did not know the links. I do now ^_~
Mar
20
accepted What is Fudo Myo-o (concepts of mushin, fudoshin, and zanshin)?
Mar
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What is Fudo Myo-o (concepts of mushin, fudoshin, and zanshin)?
Mar
19
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What qualifies a school or business as a legitimate martial arts system?