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Apr
7
comment Is there any special term for eskrima sticks?
thanks, I think this is the answer - there's no special term. But I don't agree with the historical point - they used machettes, no swords in Philippines.
Apr
2
comment Is there any special term for eskrima sticks?
OK, thanks! Tagalog in fact contains lot of words from English and Spanish, so they probably took it from English... but it's kind of strange because they already had these sticks when first colonizers came there... so I would expect more ancient, non-English term.
Apr
2
comment Is there any special term for eskrima sticks?
Thanks, but "Baston" is English word, right? I was looking for some original filipino term... This one seems latin/english according to Merriam Webster: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/baston: "Definition of BASTON: baton; a convex round molding : torus. Origin of BASTON: Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin bastum stick, staff, probably from (assumed) Vulgar Latin bastare to carry, from Greek bastazein to lift, carry"
Jun
5
comment When doing Aikido practice why should the attacker adapt to the defender?
@tacone easier for who?
Jun
2
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
You are right. Anyway, I read your answer again and it is actually very good. I only commented the coordination part in my previous comment.
May
30
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
Good answer, but perhaps you should add how to think of it as one stick: just realize that when one stick hits, the other goes backward, and then focus on this "scissor" move. It is much easier to focus on this than to think about each hand separately. Helped me in the "heaven and earth" drill.
May
30
comment How can I practice shooting for a combat situation?
Paintball ....?
May
30
comment What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?
I don't think this answer is of any use for double stick. The question was how to coordinate both hands at once, which is best answered by Trevoke.
May
17
comment Does Krav Maga have any roots of Aikido?
@Matt, I see your point, but how can you describe 5 min video full of techniques? That would take few hours to describe, thousands of words, and who would ever read it? I'm afraid there's no way to answer this question but to watch the video.
May
13
comment What characteristics should I look for in a sensei?
I don't agree to any of your points in "Martial Science" block. Many great masters would not pass this. Watch Karate Kid to get an example :) (BTW, martial art is not a science.)
Apr
17
comment kicked in the sternum - tips on healing, time frame? any lingering danger?
+1 for "It will take substantially less time to heal if you just let it heal.". To finish your rhyme: but it is not what the op wants to hear :-)
Feb
18
comment What's the real difference between Ikkyo omote and Nikkyo omote?
our sensei and other instructors also told us that ikkyo and nikkyo are different directions. I never understood this. They started with ikkyo omote and told us that there are 4 directions to continue to: ikkyo, nikyo, sankyo (towards the opponent), and to 4th was jonkyo ?? Don't remember. I never really understood this - and so for me personally it temporarily fell to the category of "esoteric crap"... as @tacone mentioned :)
Feb
17
comment What martial art should I start with?
Great answer! Expressive, not cluttered with thousand words, going straigt to the problem!
Feb
17
comment What's the real difference between Ikkyo omote and Nikkyo omote?
+1 for the esoteric stuff :-))) Yes, many aikidokas look like that :-)
Feb
16
comment Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
@Trevoke, thanks. Sounds like "learning wing chun" blocks one's fighting progress :) (at least in those first 5 years)
Feb
16
comment Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
Thanks @Trevoke - and what you think about Wing Chun and being combat-ready? In your classification, is it more like "martial art" (5-10yrs) or more like Krav Maga (months)?
Feb
16
comment Wing chun modification with only palm heel strikes?
@Trevoke, you mean that Krav Maga is much more effective than any martial art? I thought Wing Chun can be really effective.
Feb
1
comment Is practising techniques on both the left and right sides beneficial or detrimental to martial development?
@DavidH.Clements, this is not valid in aikido because jo is much longer than bokken (I think 130-140cm) and you train both sides equaly. So in aikido it really doesn't make much sense, it's probably only a tradition.
Feb
1
comment How to select the right Aikido dojo
more general question here. Mat, I already wrote my proposal in quotes, and your new one is much better.
Feb
1
comment When moving to a new city, what considerations need to be taken into account finding a new teacher?
similar answer here martialarts.stackexchange.com/a/97/93.