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  1. Tony Dismukes

    Are styles of Midong Luohanquan extinct?

    Ive never even heard of the style, and I like to think Im pretty well versed in the different forms of martial arts. Can you tell us something about the history of this system?
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    Tai Chi Fist

    Being able to do and being able to teach are two different skills.
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    Very, very discouraged - It seems Taekwondo is not for me

    I like to remind people that martial arts are tools to help people. People are not vehicles to serve martial arts. There are people who put their passion (be it art, business, sports, or martial arts) ahead of their family. Im inclined to think that those people shouldnt get married. Your...
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    Very, very discouraged - It seems Taekwondo is not for me

    So here's the thing - you're not wrong that everybody has their limits. Not everyone can be a world champion, even with the most positive of thinking. However, hardly anyone ever bumps against their true absolute genetic limits. It requires way more time, hard work, and dedication to reach our...
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    Very, very discouraged - It seems Taekwondo is not for me

    Firstly, Id like to commend you for the physical and mental effort it takes to go in and push your way through class despite not having the conditioning or coordination that your fellow students have. Its not easy to make yourself show up and do the work when you dont have the habit of...
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    Calvin

    Unfortunately its been 9 years since Calvin has been to this website, so the odds are against him seeing your query. Please feel free to hang out and join in some of the other conversations.
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    Does where you practice make a significant difference?

    Ive never done a significant amount of training with mirrors around, so thats not a concern. I wouldnt be paying attention to them anyway. I enjoy training both indoors and outdoors. If the weather is nasty, then obviously indoors is more fun. (I do recommend having the experience of...
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    judo for self defense

    That's quite correct. Effective wrestling skills are an important aspect of using and fighting against weapons, but someone who has only done wrestling as a sport will have to learn a bunch of extra stuff to apply those skills in a weapons context. I will argue that an experienced grappler will...
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    Techniques you learn in your MA that are probably not a good idea for Self Defense

    Speaking as someone who (in that other thread) didn't think butt scooting was a good idea in a self-defense situation, not really. What JowGaWolf and DD are talking about regarding the potential threat from someone who has been put on the ground isn't that they will butt scoot towards you, get a...
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    Techniques you learn in your MA that are probably not a good idea for Self Defense

    I believe you are misinterpreting the rule. It's the 12-6 path coming straight down with the point of the elbow which is outlawed. I understand your confusion though, because the wording in the rules is a little unclear.
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    Techniques you learn in your MA that are probably not a good idea for Self Defense

    Not at all illegal in MMA, just very hard to pull off against a competent resisting opponent.
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    Does anyone think Spirtiuality/Magick/Mysticism/Occultism is very neglected in European swordsmanship (and HEMA in general)?With how Catholic it was?

    Getting back to the original question, the reason that HEMA practitioners don't incorporate medieval religious or occult practices into their training, is because we are studying a martial art, not attempting to recreate the mindset and beliefs of a medieval warrior. Studying swordplay doesn't...
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    The arguments between the "kata is great" crowd and the "kata sucks" crowd are nothing compared to the arguments that kata lovers can have among themselves about what kata is actually for and how it's supposed to work. :)
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    judo for self defense

    Maybe it would help if we spent a little time defining what we each mean by "practical experience." Practical experience can mean a lot of different things in different fields. But since we're talking martial arts rather than plumbing or politics, I'm going to define it as experience actually...
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    ways criminal assault their victims

    I think this is something in that is typical for every sort of what you might call "violence professionals" other than ring/cage fighters. The ideal for a bouncer/LEO/corrections officer/soldier/predatory criminal (heck, predatory animals for that matter) is for there to be no actual fight...
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    Older Martial Artists

    I consider myself lucky that at 57 years old I'm still able to train about 10-12 hours per week, including regular sparring. My stamina and recovery time are not what they were, but I know how to move more efficiently so it about balances out. My biggest limitation is my wrists, which are...
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    Well, I have seen some spectacularly bad stuff in many of the modern hybrid jujutsu systems. Also some pretty good stuff and some mediocre stuff. That's part of what usually gives me a clue as to how much pressure testing they do - the proportion of solid movement to crap.
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    Possibly less than half the story, but it's an important, necessary part of the story - the first few chapters of the book, if you will. If you try to throw students into the advanced tournament variations without that foundation, then they are going to be lost. Sort of like starting a novel in...
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    Why did the Katana and some Chinese swords like the Jian develops schools of unorthodox grip approach but European styles never did?

    Yeah, the longsword can be used one-handed but it really only makes sense for specific situational techniques. The length, weight, and balance are such that two-handed use is far superior for the majority of your fencing time.
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    Well, the other thing that you missed (and so have Steve and drop bear despite it being explained multiple times), is that Gerry doesnt teach or practice Aikido. He does Nikon Goshin Aikido, which despite the name is not directly related to Ueshibas art. Its a modern eclectic art of the sort...
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    The guy demonstrating the fundamentals of ippon seoi nage in the first clip is Mike Swain, a Judo world champion and 5 time Olympian. I guarantee he has a great understanding of both the move and the concept. The thing about Judo throws is that you have to learn the basic body mechanics first...
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    judo for self defense

    Pretty much by definition, no one currently practicing or teaching a koryu art has personal practical experience in the real-world application of that art, at least in its original context. Kajiya Takanori has not been in any actual duels to the death using real swords. Ellis Amdur has never...
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    The hatred of boot scooting

    That's just one of the reasons I believe top position is superior combatively. It's also better for striking and for being able to potentially disengage if necessary. However if you are only concerned with competition under certain restrictive rulesets, then the bottom of guard can be equal or...
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    GrandMaster Steve? Who qualifies as an authentic Grandmaster?

    In the case of BJJ, "professor" comes from the Portuguese spoken in Brazil, where it just means "teacher". Personally I prefer not to use the title, because it has a different set of implications in English. I think I've had 3 people call me "professor" - two were Brazilian and the 3rd had...
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    The hatred of boot scooting

    Whether you reward takedowns or not would depend one whether you view being on top of guard as an superior position. If you regard it as totally neutral, then no points for a takedown, no penalty for a guard pull, and no points for a sweep that just lands you in top of guard. If you do regard...
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    The hatred of boot scooting

    I have no issue with competitors pulling guard and butt-scooting in competition if that's what the rules reward. I have no particular knowledge about whether there's a significant number of BJJ practitioners attempting to pull guard in street fights. (Although I do think that in most cases that...
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    Eh, wars are won and lost based on factors such as troop numbers, technology/equipment quality, campaign strategy, battlefield tactics, logistics, supply chains, morale, discipline, finances, etc. Individual fighting styles are way, way, way down on the bottom of the list. (Especially since...
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    Medieval martial art?

    The armored MMA sport is generally referred to as buhurt. Its not any sort of accurate simulation of how armored combatants actually fought on the medieval battlefield. In warfare against heavily armored opponents you either have to target unarmored areas, use weapons capable of inflicting...
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    Any Thoughts on George Kirby and Budoshin Ju Jitsu

    The issue here is that we aren't talking about "Japanese Ju-Jitsu" in the abstract. In fact there is no such singular art as "Japanese Ju-Jitsu." "Jujutsu" is a name for a broad and diverse family of somewhat related arts. If you narrow it down to "Japanese Jujutsu", meaning members of that...
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    The hatred of boot scooting

    Exactly. It can also lead to a situation where some athletes can theoretically gain a competitive advantage by not learning those aspects of the art. If you have only a certain number of hours to practice during the week and you know that you're going up against some opponents who already have...
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