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    Why has the long boxing guard disappeared?

    Boxing gloves and boxing rules favor the modern boxing guard, but the long guard isnt dead in MMA. Chuck Liddell and Lyoto Machida both used a modern interpretation of this long low guard.
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    Is there any art in which sagging your pants doesn't put you at a severe disadvantage?

    It lacks practical utility. Then again, so do high heels and plenty of people wear them anyway. A lot of people dont build their wardrobes around fist fighting. Hell, I wear a necktie to work everyday and thatd be terrible in a fight.
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    Where does your left foot point in a right-leg roundhouse kick?

    I can't speak to knee damage from the 9 o'clock or 3 o'clock position as opposed to 6 o'clock specifically...but I did permanent damage to my knee when I landed from a double roundhouse kick (right-left) on my right knee and inadvertently grabbed the floor with my toes pointed to 12 o'clock...
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    Exactly. It's called "couch to 5k," and it's hugely popular.
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    But you were posting about style versus style, not intensity versus intensity. If Rafael Aghayev (professional karate athlete) was compared to a 50-year-old office worker or 14-year-old kid who did BJJ two hours per week for fun and fitness, it'd be a night-and-day difference too.
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    What exactly is the difference between "modern" and "old-school" Taekwondo?

    just one opinion, but I think the difference between 1990s taekwondo and modern taekwondo can really be tied to the electronic hogu. And I can relate it to something I've seen in fencing. In saber, where you need a judge to recognize that you got the touch in most situations, saberists are very...
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    Pressure testing your abilities in your sport, and pressure testing your style versus other styles in multi-style competition, are two entirely different issues. And this thread, I thought, was about sport styles where athletes pressure test their abilities in sport, versus noon-sport styles...
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    From a spectator enjoyment perspective, I'd rather watch Glory kickboxing then either, because I personally don't enjoy watching wrestling or a ground game, and I kickboxing has a more exciting stand-up game in my opinion. If the only two choices are Sanda or MMA, I'll watch Sanda.
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    Are competitive Sport Martial Artists superior?

    I'm not sure if they're TKD or TSD, but either way, sport competition is pretty darned common in the Korean arts, including WT TKD being in the NCAA and Olympics. Holding up a photograph of TKD and TSD as an example of people who don't engage in competitive sports is an odd choice. You seem to...
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    So people still believe this?

    The "get off my lawn" tone is strong with Bill Superfoot Wallace in the original post's video. Do I agree with what he says? No. I think the Gracies were conscious about portraying BJJ in a good light, but I don't think anything was rigged. Am I going to rage about what an awful person...
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    Latest Karate Combat "Anger Wat"

    They just released "episode 2" with three more fights. Better fights this time in my opinion, especially the third, which almost had an old-school PKA-karate feel to it. Also featured Josh Quayhagen in fight number 2, and I've always enjoyed watching him fight.
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    Do Shotokan and Goju Ryu competitors fight the same in point tournaments?

    I think of the straight-punch blitz and the reverse-punch sniper both as classic Stotokan sparring styles (think Vitor Belfort for the former, Lyoto Machida being the latter). I kinda associate Goju more with infighting, but I can't even articulate where that association comes from, and don't...
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    Latest Karate Combat "Anger Wat"

    But other leagues would stretcher someone and provide continuing medical attention to someone whose body is so very visibly shutting down, instead of standing him up repeatedly and having him walk out of a pit on legs that aren't moving remotely correctly.
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    Latest Karate Combat "Anger Wat"

    A subsequent tweet stated that it was diagnosed as rhabdo (not a brain injury as I thought) and he's going to be fine...but I thought I was watching someone dying from a brain bleed. I didn't like watching it and I didn't like how it was handled.
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    Do Shotokan and Goju Ryu competitors fight the same in point tournaments?

    Yes and no. "Japan Karate Association" is a Shotokan organization, so if it's a JKA tournament, there won't be Goju folks. "World Karate Federation" has karate folks from multiple styles, so if it's a WKF tournament, you'll have both Shotokan and Goju and more styles; it's a sport organization...
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    Latest Karate Combat "Anger Wat"

    The sci-fi theater stuff is probably the dumbest thing I've ever seen in a combat sports competition. Literally cheesier than Stargate Atlantis. Somebody needs to start telling Bas Rutten "no." The fights were...not bad. The second was really enjoyable to me because it felt so much like a...
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    Why did the non Japanese branches retroactively label themselves Karate after Funakoshi?

    I think it's pure pragmatism. Likewise, some Tang Soo Do schools in the USA call themselves "Korean karate" or just "karate" because of name recognition.
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    New car shopping: compact, premium, fun-to-drive, $30k

    That's awesome! Nice car. Personally, I have no time, interest, or ability to rebuild a 30-year-old car in my driveway, nor do I want to drive my kids around in a car with 30-year-old safety standards. So a different situation.
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    New car shopping: compact, premium, fun-to-drive, $30k

    The market is FULL of three-year-old luxury cars. Probably the majority of new luxury cars are leased, not purchased, and a lease is traditionally three years, which means that there are a TON of three-year-old cars on the market. Saying "I won't buy used because maybe there was a dead body in...
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    New car shopping: compact, premium, fun-to-drive, $30k

    Other message boards are saying the same thing. And a 2-3 year old Audi A4 checks all the boxes of what I'm looking for (from handling to interior materials to reasonable fuel economy even with Quattro), it's easy to find used in good condition for $30k, and has superb Consumer Reports ratings.
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    New car shopping: compact, premium, fun-to-drive, $30k

    I currently drive a Civic Si, and I'm looking for a step up in refinement, not a step down like from the Civic to the Fit. Unfortunately Ford is no longer selling the Focus in the USA, as part of their "SUVs and trucks and Mustangs only" move. I also am a little suspicious of Ford interior...
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    Why some people still don't want to wear mask?

    I took his comments as "consider wearing a face shield in addition to your mask" instead of "stop wearing your mask." Masks are better at catching droplets you're expelling, so an asymptomatic person doesn't infect other people. Face shields are better at protecting you from droplets floating...
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    New car shopping: compact, premium, fun-to-drive, $30k

    Hey all, the Civic Si that I've been driving for ten years is getting long in the tooth and not holding together particularly well anymore. Next year for my birthday I'm gonna get myself a new car. I'm looking for a C-segment car (compact by US terminology, midsize by UK terminology). I want...
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    What are your thoughts on knee on the back of the neck.

    I work with (not in) law enforcement. I am a big supporter of law enforcement. I'm am glad that Chauvin is facing murder charges and the other three officers are facing criminal charges as well. This is horrifying misconduct. One police chief near to me told a reporter he not only expected his...
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    Tang Soo Do Competitions

    I'm fully supportive of competitions being an encouraged-but-optional part of an art. I've trained in arts that encourage competition, and those that don't have competition, and I personally like the intensity of training that competition can promote. For context, I'm part of the Chuck Norris...
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    Journey to a new style...

    When I fenced, we used a tennis ball hanging from a string in exactly this way.
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    Back in Asia, just how concerned are they with customs like gi clothing and meditation? Esp in TMA?

    Asia isn't monolithic. The JKA Shotokan scene in Japan and the Xingyiquan scene in China are not going to be anything alike in terms of training environment.
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    Virginia to ban all forms of self defense

    Ladies and gentlemen, this is what you get when you start your day with tea instead of coffee
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    Why do Japanese arts use the Japanese language?

    There are various analyses of the civilian cost of the Battle of Okinawa. Given the total destruction and various methods of estimating, as well as differing ways of classifying who is a combatant in that sort of hellish warfare, there is a wide range of estimates. Japan would not have...
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    Why do Japanese arts use the Japanese language?

    It was most of the way through development when Germany surrendered. It was developed for use against either. As for its use atheist Japan, setting aside whatever peoples' personal motivations were, given our tactics and technology of the time, a ground invasion of Japan would have killed even...