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    Where Does Taekwondo End, and Gymnastics Begin?

    You're well underselling gymnasts with that comparison. Good gymnasts are ridiculously strong, skilled people; a few jumps and spins does not make a gymnast. ;)
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    Philosophy in the martial arts

    Such as? I still can't think of a good one.
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    Philosophy in the martial arts

    I think that in order for one to be successful, one generally shouldn't follow simple platitudes or rules; such as "always be patient" or "patience is a recipe for failure". warning: incoming platitude As with many things in life, some level of moderation, mixture and compromise is generally the...
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    Parkour

    It is important to make a distinction between the more generic "Parkour" and what you seem to be talking about: "Freerunning." Parkour includes not only the fancy tricking and jumping, but also the basics of movement, and would also include plain old running, jumping and climbing. I think...
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    Does your school train against attacks outside of those found within their art?

    The idea of training against techniques is pretty much against my school's philosophy on self defence. If you're trying to react to the specific techniques of another person, you're going to lose most of your ability to predict effectively which is key to quick reactions/"pre-actions" and...
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    The Teaching Window!!!!

    This to me, sounds like a poor teacher if they lack that ability... Then you either need the resources to manage different skill levels, or you have class segregation.
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    Hips and Lower Back

    It can have a pretty big effect. A dormant core (of which the lower back is a part of in this particular discussion) can lead to a few problems in executing a high kick. Mainly though it will be the instability of a dormant core which often causes the hamstrings and hip flexors to tighten to...
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    The Teaching Window!!!!

    Wow, you need some line breaks in that! Your post seems to make teaching out to mainly be demonstrate and copy style teaching, and it makes some sense that this would have a limited time of application, particularly if you can't scale it appropriately to the audience. In my opinion, good...
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    Video about the science of stretching

    Essentially, yes. Do "lighter" versions of the actions you are going to do, in the case of kicks this usually means reducing height and/or reducing intensity. This can take the form of dedicated dynamic stretching drills. Or it can take the form of a technique drill that happens to have reduced...
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    Standard KKW hip rotation for down block?

    That's entirely over the top. The "changes" made by the Kukkiwon are a colloquial way of referring to the clarifications in technique that get passed along and passed down that often have slight innacuracies in terms of interpretation (most of the seminars delivered as clarifications/updates...
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    Video about the science of stretching

    I've found that current literature doesn't support the idea of an increase in muscle length being the main factor behind an increase in muscle extensibility, (thus joint range of motion, thus flexibility). Rather a neurological cause such a change in the sensory perception of the stretch. As...
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    Strong side vs weak side sparring

    Which is a part of exercise physiology! The phrasing chosen is quite accurate. Thus if you aren't against anything I am saying, then it is fair to call the position I described foolish.
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    Strong side vs weak side sparring

    In this case physiology was the more appropriate term, as we were considering not only the biomechanics of the movement such that the most power is generated, but also the neurological ability to activate the required muscles in regard to the dominant side hand, as well as the adaptations to use...
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    Strong side vs weak side sparring

    No; any style or art that puts the strong side forward for reasons of power generation should be considered foolish for anyone who has a grasp on pretty basic physiology, at least for talking about delivering power forward (i.e not turning the body so you face the other way,) with conventional...
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    Strong side vs weak side sparring

    Oh, I thought you had just messed the grammar up.
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    Strong side vs weak side sparring

    If you consider me not taking JKD and thinking that certain ideas of the founder are founded on incorrect hypothesises is an insult, then you need to learn to take things less personally. One should be able to analyse and discuss every idea in martial arts, and be free to call out the ones that...
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    Strong side vs weak side sparring

    No duh. It's also one of the reasons I am not studying JKD I guess.
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    Strong side vs weak side sparring

    If power was his reasoning, then yes, that is a stupid idea, not a lot of Bruce Lee's stuff is that fantastic. His abilities to theorise on the martial arts were heavily overrated.
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    Poomse steps in sparring?

    Well that's a bit of a broad statement. In no "actual" interpretation of that sequence is that a block? Sounds a bit like; my view is right, and yours is wrong; sort of attitude here. Especially given the history of the Taegueks and the methods with which they were designed, I'd actually wager...
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    Strong side vs weak side sparring

    Leading with the dominant side for strength/power reasons is foolish, as most of the power tends to come from the rear leg anyway, for the majority of striking and grappling techniques that I am aware of; and the off-side tends to be better at gross motor actions in contrast to the dominant...
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    Black Belts and Poor Kicks

    Like I said, range of people have been trained, similar situations and arguably more difficult problems have already been overcome. I find the main barrier age and old injuries present are not the physical limitations that have developed, but the attitude of it being an excuse for not trying...
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    Black Belts and Poor Kicks

    While agree about the general lack of utility of high kicks in terms of self defence (even kicks in general are a lower percentage movement), I quite strongly disagree with the idea of being too old to become or retain flexibility. The vast majority of the population can achieve the level of...
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    Black Belts and Poor Kicks

    The grouping has more to do with what we would be focusing on teaching that group, rather than their abilities. But despite the rather blas矇 attitude toward belt levels I presented in my post, in reality they work much like any other schools, with levels generally being awarded due to...
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    Late Classes and Eating.

    Why is fat so bad?
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    Black Belts and Poor Kicks

    A student's kicks can be absolutely terrible and be promoted to nearly any level. Why? Because the belt system is a tool for me and other instructors to use to motivate, delineate the syllabus and group students. There is no need to hold back any student that would impinge on their ability to...
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    Late Classes and Eating.

    Nutrient timing has a very small effect on the overall weight gain and body composition. Do not restrict yourself to not eating after a certain time for this reason, also, no particular need to have a recovery meal of protein/carbs, as the added bonus isn't as large as you may think. You just...
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    Resistance is futile for a majority of street robbery victims in San Francisco

    It doesn't state what form the resistance took. Remember it could range from them just trying to hold on to their possessions to trying to punch the mugger in the face. These sorts of statistics don't really help anyone much. I know the decisions I make about my behaviour, whereabouts, what I'm...
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    Taekwondo: Is striking with hands neglected?

    Yeah, it wasn't to discount a disparity between women and men. Women will still have a harder time of generating a maximal level of force, even if they have the same lower body strength. This is actually based on how hormones interact with the central nervous system. Other contributing factors...
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    Martial Arts and Mental Health

    It must be noted that nearly any activity needs to be done for reasons other than mental health for it to have an effect on mental health, at least in my opinion. I am always hearing of people who try to get into various forms of exercise to battle forms of mental illnesses, commonly depression...
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    Taekwondo: Is striking with hands neglected?

    Punching has little to do with upper body strength. The power all comes from your legs.
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