Recent content by Argus

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    Teaching stance using contrasts?

    Teaching through contrast is a great way to put things into context. It's often years later that I realize WHY I was taught to do something in a certain way. As I learn other arts, I start to realize why things are done in, say, WC, or in that art, and why they're different. One good example...
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    If you were making a sport for weapon disarms, what would the rules be?

    Rat, have you trained extensively empty hand versus knife? Have you practiced this with partners in an unscripted manner enough to appreciate the difference between empty hand, and to learn what is of concern? This is an area that is of huge interest to me, and one I've practiced a lot. I'm by...
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    Impact Weapons, Hardness, and other considerations

    Well, rattan certainly does vary a lot. I have not personally tried it, but apparently Indonesian rattan is much harder and denser than Filipino rattan. I've handled a few rattan sticks from training partners that were unusually dense and stiff, and included more nodes than usual -- should have...
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    Black Belt in FMA

    I'm very thankful that my current Modern Arnis club trains in plain clothes!
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    Question on different stick fight styles

    I agree on most of your points, but I would add that, at least for me, it is the length of the weapon which most dictates whether using one or two hands is appropriate. Wielding a very short weapon with two hands is quite awkward and offers very little benefit, even limiting your maneuverability...
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    Question on different stick fight styles

    This thread is all over the place, but I want to challenge some assumptions: 1. That a single stick lacks power This is simply not true, but you may have this impression because of a few factors: #1 - In Kali, lightweight rattan sticks are used as training implements for safety and durability...
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    How to minimize cane flying off the hand when misses the target?

    Hmm, apparently you are doing something when you hit the bag that you aren't doing when you just hit air. Maybe there is some sort of flinch going on. Or maybe the follow through of your swing is awkward. Are you bending your wrist or opening your grip in some way on the follow up swing? I'd...
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    The issue with MMA community

    Overall, I think we agree much more than we disagree. For one thing, I share your general skepticism, and I'm not actually a fan of Tim Larkin. I just liked the specific video that he analyzed. I do agree also that the more contexts something can be proven in, the better. If you have a self...
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    Impact Weapons, Hardness, and other considerations

    You also do woodworking, I take it? I do as well. All hand tools because I've been living in apartments all these years. I enjoy making my own practice swords / knives / etc though.
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    The issue with MMA community

    I'm having a hard time following your argument. You're saying some MMA guys train outside of the ring, and have real world experience outside of the ring, therefore, people who train MMA are prepared for contexts outside of the ring? The crux of your argument seems to be that training only for...
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    The issue with MMA community

    Ego bolstering logic game? Not sure where you got that. I could not come close to beating a dog brother at my current skill level. But I've trained with, and was taught by one for a short time (about a year). He taught a traditional system, but with an extremely pragmatic and real-world...
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    Impact Weapons, Hardness, and other considerations

    Ah, I can find or make hardwood sticks. I was just looking for Rattan for partner practice and use in class, etc. Thanks for the offer though!
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    Impact Weapons, Hardness, and other considerations

    Curious, where did you get those fat 24 inch sticks from? I've been looking for some sticks exactly like that. Not sure where the best place to source rattan is in Japan. Maybe I should just figure that out and make my own sticks. It's always so much harder to find raw materials than finished...
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    Impact Weapons, Hardness, and other considerations

    :O Did you try? It's amazing, right? Are you a convert? Do you now have a stone on your kitchen counter? Come to think of it... I already have a sharpening stone on my kitchen counter...
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    The issue with MMA community

    Awesome! I'm glad you have broad training. That will serve you well. My point is that you can't really use MMA as the yardstick by which to measure every martial art, though. Consider this: Would you assert that an Olympic shooter would have superior skill in self defense with a firearm than...
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