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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    Fair enough. Actually he did install a security camera when he left, and a few times talked to me through it. Also size. My analogy still holds. Rank is to signify a certain level of experience. What you have is someone who would be a higher belt in other schools. It would be like someone...
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    BJJ also has their colors in the wrong order. Purple before blue? Black before red? Blasphemy!
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    Thing is, belts matter even if they don't matter to you. They matter for tournament brackets, and they may matter for your future career (for example, no matter how good of a teacher you are, you can't promote students in KKW until you're a 4th Dan in the system).
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    If most of the schools took the long route and one school takes the short route, and then complains that all the other schools were being unfair, that's one thing. But if the norm is 13-14, and one school has 10 year olds and the other has 16 year olds, then it's very clear that one is unfair...
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    There's an in-between. For example, I don't have the authority to promote students in my school. However, I often lead classes by myself, without oversight of my Master. This may be when he's busy with administrative stuff, on break, or even once when he was on vacation. I know you aren't...
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    Dan Ranks: A Comparison of Ideologies

    I think this depends on what you define as "teaching". You can be a KKW certified Instructor Level 1 at 2nd or 3rd Dan (if I remember correctly). Level 2 (Master) is at 4th Dan, and I believe 7th Dan is required for Level 3 (Grand Master). With that said, this is the Kukkiwon certification...
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    Looking for Peoples take on being avoided in class

    @Martial D @RTKDCMB Playing devil's advocate, it's possible that he means his demeaner, and not his aesthetics. Not that it makes it much better, but at least a little less creepy.
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    Is there any art in which sagging your pants doesn't put you at a severe disadvantage?

    I used to wear funny t-shirts. For example, one that says "Hookd on fonix dun gud 4 mee." The problem is, every time I went anywhere, people would stop me to read my shirt. That got annoying. Now I wear plain shirts. Not exactly the same situation, but similar...
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    Why has the long boxing guard disappeared?

    What was the amount of grappling? Was it similar to the Muay Thai clinch, or was it joint locks like you'd see in Hapkido/Aikido, or ground-fighting like in wrestling/BJJ?
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    Why has the long boxing guard disappeared?

    Penetrating power without enough velocity is just going to be a push.
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    Why has the long boxing guard disappeared?

    I didn't mean double value, I meant double importance. Velocity is in the equation twice, Mass once (Mass * Velocity * Velocity).
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    Is there any art in which sagging your pants doesn't put you at a severe disadvantage?

    I was driving home from work today, and passed by a pedestrian whose shorts were around his knees. His belt was keeping them in place over his knees. The way I see it, this is essentially tying his legs together. Should he need to fight, it's going to limit his mobility and stability; and you...
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    Why has the long boxing guard disappeared?

    In my tests with a strike meter, the arm actually proved the most important. The whole body punch might have more weight behind it, but velocity is more important to kinetic energy than mass. Energy = Mass * Velocity Squared. Velocity is doubly important, and you lose that when your...
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    Why has the long boxing guard disappeared?

    It's very hard to generate power with a jab from that position. The jab is pretty much universally referred to as the most important punch, so eliminating that from your arsenal is a pretty big hit. When you introduce grappling to the mix, isolating an arm like that is just asking for your...
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    Looking for Peoples take on being avoided in class

    They don't have to consent to partnering with him for any reason. They also don't have to divulge their reasons if they don't want to. However, if the issue can be resolved (or at least articulated), then that could help. At the very least, it could give OP closure on the situation.
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    Looking for Peoples take on being avoided in class

    I think it's different for striking arts, in regards to getting hurt or not. There are three of our students: two brothers who are small for their age, and one other kid who is big for his age. The bigger kid didn't have much control over his power or aim. The Dad of the other two asked us...
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    Need some martial arts research for a story I'm writing

    Where in any sport is there a big event like that for kids? Did I miss the 10-12 Super Bowl? Even Karate Kid wasn't an international tournament. It wasn't even a state tournament.
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    Need some martial arts research for a story I'm writing

    I want to disagree, because a few thousand sounds incredibly low.
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    Research on martial artists

    Says someone on a martial arts forum...
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    Why do people say to never kick air?

    If you have sufficient power you may put undue stress on your joints. The solution is if you do start to feel your joints are being overstressed (because they ache), then go 50% until they stop aching.
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    Looking for Peoples take on being avoided in class

    I'm going to start here. Let's go ahead and use the standard font. Things like bold and italics should be used for emphasis. This may be a stylistic choice, and I may be nitpicky, but let's start with this. There are many reasons why they may rather kick the bag by themselves. You may kick...
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    Bunhae/application

    I agree with this, except then... I disagree with this. Block a front kick with your forearm, and you're not taking the force of the kick. You're hitting the leg from the side. With a roundhouse kick, you are taking the force of it, but you can block the thigh instead of the shin, and...
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    Where does your left foot point in a right-leg roundhouse kick?

    You know what, I was thinking if I'm pulling and kicking with the same arm. If I'm pulling with one arm and kicking the other, then a head kick is a lot easier.
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    Bunhae/application

    I feel like I wasted time trying to find answers where there weren't any. Most of the application videos I've seen have made me cringe. A lot of them I feel are stretching what the technique teaches, or are downright bad ideas. That's why I prefer to double down on this part: "Rote forms...
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    Spinning Hook Kick - Foot First or Hip First?

    My Master and one of the senior students at my school have different ways of doing the spinning hook kick. This senior student has a similar amount of martial arts training as my Master. The main reason he isn't as high rank in Taekwondo is because he bounced around to different schools while in...
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    Where does your left foot point in a right-leg roundhouse kick?

    @Kung Fu Wang The wrist grab is the entry to the clinch, but the clinch really starts at the headlock. I would say he's not clinched in the arm grab.
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    Where does your left foot point in a right-leg roundhouse kick?

    If I'm pulling them into it, it's probably a body kick (or leg kick, which we don't do much of in TKD).
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    Where does your left foot point in a right-leg roundhouse kick?

    It's going to be very difficult to discuss range if the definition is fluid. Definition of CLINCH 1: to hold an opponent (as in boxing) at close quarters with one or both arms 2: to hold fast or firmly Simply grabbing their arm doesn't hold them firmly. They have a lot of direction they can...
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    Where does your left foot point in a right-leg roundhouse kick?

    I think it's fine to prefer certain strategies, but you shouldn't limit yourself to one. Grabbing an arm and pulling usually starts from punching range, not clinching range.
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    Bunhae/application

    My personal opinion is that the forms (especially in Taekwondo) don't offer application, and that when you find application it's confirmation bias for similar movements. It might make it easier to learn applications due to giving you better coordination, but it doesn't directly teach them.
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