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    Footwork and Movement

    Sure... that is one way to translate some of the karate footwork into use. And by some, I mean one stance. Sure, in that one stance, doing that exact footwork, he does not ever use a crossover step. There are other stances in karate that can be translated into practical use for fighting. You...
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    Footwork and Movement

    Interesting... Here is Tekki Shodan: It shows up again in Goju Shi Ho Dai (at the 1 minute mark here): If you allow for stances that have crossed legs... but are not direct cross over steps... Bassai Dai, Bassai Sho, Taikyoku Shodan... They are there, even in the kata.
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    Is there a *self defense* martial art for people with a disability who have bad knees and hips?

    I used to train with Steve: I have also met and trained with Bob: Find what you like, find a good teacher and train.
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    Sensei YouTube?

    You are correct! He can swing her around like a 190 pound handbag and let her down gently. There is still greater potential for injury, since neither one knows what they are doing... and 190 pounds coming over your shoulder is still 190 pounds coming over your shoulder and hitting the ground...
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    In my opinion, you are way over thinking this. Get a heavy bag and hit it with the sticks you want to compare, and pick the one that feels best to you. All of the sticks will cause a lot of hurt and injury to the guy you hit. All of them have the potential to kill, if you hit the right targets...
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    Heart Attack?

    You might also want to learn about the signs of a Stroke. Especially if you have any of the older crowd or are part of the older crowd. Time is a big issue for strokes as well... When you see someone a little dizzy is that because of his exhaustion, did he just get thrown really well or almost...
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    Sensei YouTube?

    If you are trying to learn Judo throws from youtube... with no real instruction... I would be worried about uke. Does your uke (the person you are throwing) know how to take the falls correctly? What surface are you using to throw her on to? Do you know when she is or is not taking the fall...
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    That is why the link I provided was to a cane for self defense (and also walking around) and not to the hiking sticks. I just mentioned them in case someone was interested. These canes are made for heavy contact, just like the rest of the wooden weapons they make. But they are also made to be...
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    Help me choose a self defense walking cane

    https://kingfisherwoodworks.com/products/self-defense-cane They also make hiking sticks, but you were asking about a cane... I have a hanbo that they made, and it is excellent quality. This guy reviews bokkens, by breaking them on a tree. Note that he is not able to break the Kingfisher...
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    Soccer and Martial Arts

    Yes, I agree completely. The trick is to maintain the connection between the drills / kata / forms and combat. If you are studying an art that uses these heavily, you need to make sure you have that connection. It may be up to the student to maintain that connection... as many instructors and...
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    Soccer and Martial Arts

    This is why I suggested that the TMA folks work to understand how their drill relates to fighting. And I admit that many people who do TMA, don't understand what they are doing, thus will not be able to become decent fighters. But thats user error. Just because you only know how to use your...
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    Soccer and Martial Arts

    I never once said that they use an imaginary ball or net. They used a real ball and real net... but we practiced shots from all over, not just the penalty kick line. But, there was also no resistance, no defender and no goalie for much of that practice. Also, as long as we are picking apart...
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    Soccer and Martial Arts

    I wasn't thinking about team kata... I was more thinking that sometimes its not the punch you need to correct, but the set up before the punch or the recovery from the previous move, that left you off balance. But as long as we are now talking about group kata and coordinating with others... I...
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    Soccer and Martial Arts

    I played a lot of soccer, both for fun and competitively before starting martial arts. I was reading another thread here on language and martial arts (that one got shut down as people got carried away... please don't do that here) Anyway, that got me thinking... and I don't think that comparing...
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    How do you rate this jeans and boots roundhouse kick?

    Nope... thats why I do foot sweeps... I need the clearance.
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    Ramsay Dewey and karate "blocks"

    This is incorrect. Even Shotokan is full of close range punching and other nastiness. Funakoshi, the founder of the system taught the down block as a throw... where you step your forward foot behind your opponents feet and the "block" knocks him backwards over your knee.
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    Ramsay Dewey and karate "blocks"

    Boxing is just as reliant on footwork as karate is. All martial arts rely on their footwork, though their footwork may be different.
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    How do you rate this jeans and boots roundhouse kick?

    If Mr Wallace and you were offering lessons in kicking... I would pay good money to take lessons with one of the two... but since we are not comparing... you will have to guess which one.
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    How much do you feel technique evaluations are subjective?

    I agree. This is why I feel it is important to teach the person being thrown to tuck his chin and take the high back fall correctly. Teaching him to straighten his neck and look back to the floor, while trusting the other guy not to drop him, gives him the wrong training for when the other guy...
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    How much do you feel technique evaluations are subjective?

    As a follow up... Judo version of the first throw: Danzan Ryu version of the second throw: (actually a few variations starting at 2:05) This is a fun demo that was done showing techniques slow first then fast. The fireman carry throw is shown both slow and fast. Even in the slow version, uke...
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    How much do you feel technique evaluations are subjective?

    Neither of those two throws fit that category. Both are regularly trained by Judo and Jujitsu. I find it more concerning that the person taking the throw is being taught whip his head back, and line his head up for the perfect spike, instead of training him to tuck the chin and safely take a...
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    How do you rate this jeans and boots roundhouse kick?

    Just think how much better of a martial artist he would have been, had you been there to instruct him in the proper way to kick... I can't believe these people here, picking apart your kick. What is there to pick on? That kick is perfect!
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    How do you rate this jeans and boots roundhouse kick?

    Wow! The difference in my kicks is huge now. I stopped turtling my back and I am visualizing a good blue print... it even cleaned up my footwork. How are my kicks now? Are they getting closer to the quality of your kicks yet? How is my speed and power?
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    How do you rate this jeans and boots roundhouse kick?

    Excellent! I will work on that right away. What about my footwork? How do I make my footwork as clean as yours?
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    How much do you feel technique evaluations are subjective?

    Why not teach him to take the fall and then finish the throw? They do that in Judo... with that throw. As it is, the guy being thrown is developing / has developed a bad habit of whipping his head back, instead of tucking his chin, when being thrown back. That will make his injuries much worse...
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    How do you rate this jeans and boots roundhouse kick?

    You are right. That kick is perfect. Wow... I wish I could kick like that. Can you teach me to kick like that?
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    The same way everyone else does... Get into professional fighting athlete shape. Identify the sport you want to compete in. Learn the rules. Practice with folks who compete in that sport. Karate guys, Judo guys, BJJ guys, wrestlers, kickboxers... they all do it the same way. Why would it be any...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    This would be the definition of an assumption.
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    Why is it okay for BJJ and MMA to have choreographed drills that they can use to ramp up the resistance with, until they are rolling / sparring / fighting... but Aikido is not allowed that same ramp? Just because you found some youtube video or tried a few dojos... does not mean that every...
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    Aikido.. The reality?

    We get it. Aikido is the worst possible martial art to study and should be obliterated and removed from history... The whole point of the choreography in Aikido, is to give that force to the guy training, in a predictable manner, so that he can study dealing with that force. It is no different...
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