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  1. J. Pickard

    Dogma in the martial arts

    In my experience the people who join a martial arts cult are [subconsciously] looking to join a cult regardless of where it comes from. It makes them feel like they are special because they are part of the one true group of people that have all the answers. This is more common in some styles...
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    Adding interesting challenges to forms/poomsae

    Definitely. Doing different exercises like this helps to make sure you actually learn the form and not just associate direction and landmarks to different techniques. One of my favorite is to break down forms into bars (easy for Kukkiwon poomsae and pyung ahn Kata) and do each bar in progressive...
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    Lower belts keep kicking me in the groin. Need advice.

    We have a very specific rule set when it comes to contact level in sparring; Never hit harder than you want to be hit, only go as hard as your opponent wants to go, if at anytime you feel unsafe for any reason step off the training floor and notify an instructor. On top of this we have contact...
  4. J. Pickard

    Tips for Sanchin

    The Uechi Ryu sensei I train with does use the toes to certain spots (inner thigh for one), and the ball of the foot to others. The top of the foot (instep) is used sometimes too for groin kicks. I'm not sure if that's all Uechi style or not though.
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    Forum question

    I have a question related to the forum and wasn't sure where else to put it. Is it possible to unfollow or remove oneself from a thread so as not to get any new notifications from it?
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    discouraged by the TKD community

    Why is anyone still humoring this guy at this point? His grasp on how reality works seems to be at a level that I am genuinely convinced that he is just trolling. We are all better than this. This thread had dissolved into a delusional individual simply trying to start arguments with others for...
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    Tips for Sanchin

    Wow, thanks everyone. A lot of great insight and discussion here on this Kata and a lot of things for me to consider. The more I study it the more I like it, there is so much to learn from it that seamlessly applies to my TKD training. I wish the online TKD community was this helpful about things.
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    Tips for Sanchin

    I began exploring the Goju version to see what it has to offer in addition to the Uechi version. If it's theyre I want to learn from it even if its just at surface level.
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    Tips for Sanchin

    I have actually found a lot of benefit from training the Uechi version so far in various aspects but mostly improved overall body alignment. I can see why this Kata, despite its apparent simplicity, is so widely regarded in Okinawan Karate. It has quite a depth of things to learn from it and I...
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    Tips for Sanchin

    Hello all. I recently started a study of Sanchin kata, both Goju Ryu and Uechi Ryu. I myself am a Taekwondoin but love all martial arts and have also studied Shotokan for several years. I have a close friend who is 7th dan Uechi Ryu that I have been training and discussing the kata with. While...
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    discouraged by the TKD community

    You're wasting your time with this guy. I keep seeing his posts pop up on various threads and his knowledge of...well pretty much everything he talks about is barely surface level at best. It's like trying to explain advanced English literature to a person with a 5 year old's grasp of the language.
  12. J. Pickard

    Who is using contracts?

    We were shut down completely for 6 months due to covid and unfortunately only retained about 20%-30% immediately upon reopening but that is because there were a lot of Job losses in our area so people moved to find new work. We did get about 80% back over the past few months though. We don't...
  13. J. Pickard

    Eliminating 1 Weakness vs Adding 1 Strength

    all things equal, your net gain is the same either way isn't it?
  14. J. Pickard

    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    So I have a hypothesis on where the 45 degrees comes from. I may be completely wrong but here me out; If you are in a traditional TKD back stance for your fighting stance and you do a round kick with the lead leg then the back foot may only have to rotate 45 degrees. Your back foot would be 90...
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    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    relative to what? Relative to the direction of the kick/direction you are looking then it looks like 1 quarter full rotation which is 90degrees, relative to the wall it's pointing at then it's 0 degrees, relative to the room behind you then about 270. Consider that 45 degrees is 1/8 of a full...
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    Who is using contracts?

    I saw some posts on this topic already but the most recent one I could find was 2008. So just wondering who is using contracts now in 2021? Do you find more people are hesitant to sign up when they hear "contract" now in 2021 versus 12 years ago? If you have a contract, what kind of escape...
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    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    FFS, this is not how physics works! You are so far beyond wrong it is causing me physical pain! If you make a beach ball out of a literal tonne of plastic it will crush you no matter what. If it is 600kg directly on top of you it will hurt you. if you accelerate a beach ball to a speed just...
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    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    the rock vs ball thing is because of kinetic energy, more specifically the velocity part (and elasticity which is a whole other mess of math to add) , not mass. For ground and pound, the mass is the same, what you are changing is the compression force applied to the target not the mass. If you...
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    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    that is a very wrong and unscientific explanation of things. The amount of force delivered by an object directly correlates to velocity and mass. you can hit just as deep by not pulling your punch which takes a conscious effort. The fast punches will without any doubt hit harder than a slow...
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    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    If you stand up against a wall and get hit it is the exact same effect as ground and pound. What causes more damage in ground in pound is not relative to you having more or less mass thrown into the punch, you can throw just as much mass into a punch standing and cause a higher acceleration due...
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    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    The mass of an object is fixed unless you physically change the object itself since mass is simply a measurement of the matter within any given object. speed and mass are irrelevant to "power" from a physics standpoint since power is a measurement of work over time. colloquially when fighters...
  22. J. Pickard

    According to this report, Boxing, BJJ, and Karate are the top three martial arts in the United States

    This doesn't surprise me at all. All three are great martial arts/martial sports when you have a good gym to train in and there seems to me more legit gyms in these styles due to frequent sparring/rolling.
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    Is chamber "leakage" OK in sparring?

    I really don't think there is one specific answer for this. Your foot was well in line with your hip and body within the last few inches of the kick so on one hand it can definitely hit with some power and do some damage at longer range but on the other it may be easier to stop the kick before...
  24. J. Pickard

    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    I almost exclusively use the ball of the foot when sparring. Occasionally I use the shin for light leg kicks or the instep for kicks to the head but I personally prefer the ball of the foot when barefoot. It definitely has power for me, but you won't know what works for you until you try it...
  25. J. Pickard

    Is ball of the foot roundhouse outdated with modern shoes?

    I use ball of the foot, shin, and instep depending on what I am trying to accomplish and who I am hitting. I have used all 3 in sparring safely but definitely have to be more aware of my opponent with the ball of the foot to make sure they don't move into it and get hurt. As far as kicking with...
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    discouraged by the TKD community

    That was my understanding as well, but I have a student you got 1st Dan Chung Do Kwan and 2nd Dan through our school alone. He went to UM (michigan) trained with them for a few days and they let him keep his rank and they are purely Kukki/WT sport TKD. The main reason I looked into it was for...
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    discouraged by the TKD community

    When I say "origin" I am referring to the pre-unification roots of TKD (essentially karate) being trained and taught for practical combative purposes. It was taught to the Korean and US military in the late '50's early '60's for its effectiveness in combat. Taekwondo was not developed to be just...
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    discouraged by the TKD community

    What forms/kata/poomsae/hyung do you practice? Sounds like you train very similar to how I do.
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    discouraged by the TKD community

    Lately I have been feeling very discouraged and ashamed to say I train in TKD as well as calling what my school teaches Taekwondo. My lineage is mostly Chung Do Kwan and followed into Kukki TKD under the late Ed Sell. When I inherited my dojang from my instructor a few years ago we were with the...
  30. J. Pickard

    Gi vs no gi

    late to the party but figured I'd participate anyway. My BJJ class is trains in gi however the instructor always demonstrates no gi variants to every technique we drill but the rolling is all done in gi. That being said, where I live has 4 very distinct seasons and I have seen how many gi...
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