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    Tameshigiri video guide - part VI

    Hey Jarek, Nicely done video as always! A couple of critiques for you … 1) When you stop the cut between the targets, your next cut should ideally begin with the kissaki in the same place. Looking at your video, you stop in the correct place, but then you pull back the kissaki to give...
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    Hey Eric, Here's the advice I give to new students encountering seiza for the first time ... Practice helps. Since westerners don't use this position, it takes a while to acclimate the body. Practice at home on the carpet while watching television, but only for a short time each. It will...
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    Martial arts sayings or proverbs

    "slow is smooth, smooth is fast" "Always keep the sharp side and the pointy end between you and the other guy!"
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    Looking to get started

    That bit right there needs to be repeated often. A large number of people ask about what school is better, and what art is best for this or that. The reality is that a great many people start martial arts and then drop out. Finding one that you enjoy going to and being a part of will help to...
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    Tameshigiri Video guide part V

    Hey Jarek, I like the vid, it is very nicely done as are all the ones you've posted. You seem to have a handle on a number of things that you need to work on. Here is something that you didn't address so I don't know if you noticed it ... in all three cuts, you have a tendency to draw THEN cut...
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    Black Belt Essay

    Something else to consider is that a good part of martial arts training is to teach the practitioner how to deal with situations that cause anxiety and stress. I've never had to write an essay personally, but I've been graded in a couple of martial arts that require one to stand up and perform...
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    A fist is more powerful than a impact weapon strike. What is going on?

    For the same reason that the majority of people put things on Youtube ... to get people to notice and pay attention to them. Based on your review (thanks for saving me from having to watch any of it!), he's obviously not going to get anyone to pay attention to him for his martial prowess. :)
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    Tameshigiri Video Guide Part IV

    No, it's really not hard to tell, and it's not about how fast you can do the cuts. A good cut of a single target like that one depends mainly upon two factors, blade alignment (hasuji) and tip speed. Your hasuji is very good, but it is easy to see that your tip speed is not as good as it could...
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    Tameshigiri Video Guide Part IV

    The video is very nicely done! I like the slow and stop motion, so it is easy to see what's happening. As I've pointed out in your previous videos, you are using too much upper body and not enough center in your cuts. It's easy to critique your posture during this cut because of the direction...
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    Can you do this?

    We were playing Trivial Pursuit (that dates me!) with the neighbors a long while back. The question was ... Who played Quasimodo in the 1956 movie "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". In answer, our neighbor Debbie said "I have no idea as I've never been a college football fan!" o_O
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    Can you do this?

    There, I fixed it for you ... :)
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    Tameshigiri video guide Part III

    Tatami is used for tameshigiri because of the amount of knowledge that can be gained through cutting it. It requires significant tip speed and blade alignment in order to cut through, and the angle of the cuts as well as where the cut pieces fall can tell a lot about the practitioner. Cutting...
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    Fun thread - if I were to do my kata in your style, how would it look?

    Keep your limbs to yourself, and add a sword. :) It's interesting that this is exactly what is taught in the Japanese sword arts. It's all about taking and controlling the center. We are taught that whoever does so will be able to kill the other guy.
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    Advancement time in judo

    And that's how you get ignored. :)
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    Advancement time in judo

    Sorry I can't give you any insight into judo belts and advancement, but I can ask the obvious question "what is IT to you?" Whether it is worth it or not depends entirely upon just what you consider "it" to be. If you're hoping to get on the US Olympic judo team, then once a week is absolutely...