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    How safe is Jujutsu or Judo?

    Competitive Judo brown belt/ikkyu here. 22 years old. I have some pretty nasty arthritis and genetic joint issues, but here's where I'm at. In the morning, I can't take stairs like a normal person. I have to put both feet on one stair while my ankles warm up enough to move properly. A dull ache...
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    Has olympic Taekwondo ruined the reputation of the art?

    EDIT: This thread really doesn't need my help.
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    Fixing Wikipedia - question #1

    Sport Taekwondo typically refers to competitions governed by the WTF, but there are also competitions in ITF style Taekwondo. Olympic Taekwondo is governed by the WTF and is fought using WTF rules but the way I understand it, it is not limited to KKW style Taekwondo practitioners. I think...
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    Last Person Thread #4

    How's MT been? I haven't been here in a dog's age. Mostly because my involvement with TKD has fallen off. miss some of the conversation though.
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    The Most Dangerous Takedown in Judo & BJJ

    I seem to be in the minority. I hate this throw, I wouldn't want it done on me and I wouldn't try it on anyone else. I like my knees intact.
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    What's your daily training like?

    I find a golf ball in the arch of my foot pretty good as well. I have a hockey ball in my briefcase for work as well as my gym bag :)
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    Last Person Thread #4

    I'm about to go pick up a couple of cheeseburgers for lunch. Not "clean" perhaps but it's Saturday
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    What's your daily training like?

    Loosely like this. 6:30 AM is some mobility work, foam rolling, etc. work from 8:30-3:30 3:30 is a gym session. Monday, Wednesday and Friday is heavy work, barbell lifts, low-ish reps and heavy weights. The squat, Deadlift, bench press and overhead press are the main work lifts. Tuesday and...
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    Kettlebells & Jiu-Jitsu

    They're really more of a conditioning or GPP tool than anything else, but yes I use them pretty often. Really heavy swings, like your body weight or heavier, are a pretty good strength building exercise as a hip hinge. I still think barbell work has more to offer as far as strength and injury...
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    Last Person Thread #4

    How've you guys been?
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    How long will TKD remain an Olympic Sport

    Personally I tend to watch any Olympic sport at the games even if I'm not interested. I get kind of caught up in the whole "pinnacle of athletics" thing. Pretty Scandinavian girls never hurts though.
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    One-time SD seminars/short courses. A bit of a rant.

    Good point, the verbal part is important too. I was referring mostly to physical skills, but the verbal skills discussion is valid too. I would define combat as just about any physical altercation. What I mean by understanding it is understanding what you do and why it works, not just "do 1...
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    so octagon shape ring is also official fighting ring

    A big cause of the "potshot" type fighting is the scoring-points per strike was always going to foster that. Judo looks a bit similar (hah, I know) for the same reason. When I say "Judo looks a bit similar" I mean "lots of nothing and then one big throw attempt".
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    One-time SD seminars/short courses. A bit of a rant.

    This has nothing to do with Kukkiwon, ITF, TSD, HKD, any style at all. While my involvement in Taekwondo and standup martial arts is not as prominent as I would like right now, I am still a 2nd dan and still an instructor so I feel it's necessary to comment on what I perceive as a dangerous or...
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    street fighter is an attitude not a synonym for no training.

    I will never understand how so many of you guys manage to street fight all the time...I mean it must be like living in a Chuck Norris movie.:wink1:
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    The Last Person Thread - 3.0

    Carol just posted a bunch of pictures on Facebook. I think she's on vacation, somewhere with music, flowers, and bacon. Its 10 degrees C and raining here. :(
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    Video about the science of stretching

    I've been afflicted with DOMS a couple of times myself. Rolling helps, mobility work helps, but especially in the non-training season where I'm going hard to make a serious change, it's unavoidable. Shoulder injuries on bench monkeys is like...busted toes on taekwondoin. Ubiquitous.
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    Video about the science of stretching

    It does, doesn't it. It isn't as bad as it sounds though and a couple times a day certainly isn't necessary, aside from maybe the corrective phase for someone with almost no mobility, which was me a few months ago. I've said it before, it doesn't matter if you can squat 1000lbs. If you can't...
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    Video about the science of stretching

    Your point was that flexibility and mobility are allied. This is the first you've had to say about me doing the splits. I was doing them the way every good sport school seems to. Stretching 6 days a week and warming up first, progressively loaded like training any physical capability. It's not...
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    Video about the science of stretching

    My round kick is much higher and faster, and my spinning hook kick like you said is much easier to throw. It also offsets the amount of weight training I do, it stops certain things from being painful.
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    Video about the science of stretching

    Coat rack...
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    Video about the science of stretching

    Over simplified, but yes. Mobility in joints, flexibility in muscles is an ok definition. I can get about 90% to the side wall in Pigeon but it's definitely more work for my hip joint than any particular muscle, and the benefit I see is in my hip mobility, not my flexibility. Hip mobility is a...
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    Video about the science of stretching

    No injuries. I spend the time I would have spent doing intensive stretching working on mobility, GPP, and strength training. As a result, I move much better and more effectively. Foam rolling and dynamic mobility work has paid dividends, stretching to do the splits really hasn't. Happier...
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    Video about the science of stretching

    I didn't intend to challenge you, I've just never heard the kinesiology=pseudoscience before and was hoping to learn something. Flexibility and mobility are allied, definitely, in that a minimum amount of flexibility is a prerequisite to good mobility, but splits and a good head kick aren't as...
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    Video about the science of stretching

    What's your background in this type of science? Can't be kinesiology because that's "pseudoscience" I just left a yoga class. No stretching, plenty of mobility work though. I gave up on doing the splits and I'm a much better and healthier athlete for it.
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    Video about the science of stretching

    Even if that's true, yoga is still mobility based, not flexibility based. There might be one or two positions in an hour long class that I would call a stretch in the traditional sense and I am rather inflexible for a TKD bb. Much more work on things like hip and shoulder mobility which are...
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    Video about the science of stretching

    From a kinesiology standpoint yoga movements tend to be more mobility based than flexibility based. Mobility drills are much better than static stretches as a warmup or GPP work. I don't subscribe to the idea that splits are necessary for good, hard, high kicks. I think mobility is, and also a...
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    The Last Person Thread - 3.0

    I'm sitting around at work. On a Saturday. I'll be glad when some students get hired and I can delegate these shifts...:D
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    Video about the science of stretching

    This is something I always wondered about. When I lift weights, I don't stretch first or do any kind of warm up except multiple reps at light weight. Stands to reason that taekwondo is the best warmup for taekwondo, no?
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    French TKD ...Didn't see this one coming.

    I would humbly submit that sometimes, people are so close and so personally involved in our martial art that they forget the fact that is takes a special type to be an athlete at that level. More often than not, that type is absolutely nuts.
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