- Mar 27, 2012
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- Hendersonville, NC
In training we like to keep nails short. But does that apply to self-defense? Is there a fingernail length that would actually be beneficial in a self-defense situation?One I haven't thought of (we keep all nails really short in grappling, of course). Definitely a concern for those who like longer nails (hands-conscious women and classical guitar players).
In training we like to keep nails short. But does that apply to self-defense? Is there a fingernail length that would actually be beneficial in a self-defense situation?
Even without the shoes, I've torn off my big-toe toenail at least twice in the last three years. First time was when teaching a seminar series. It doesn't hurt, even a little, so I look really impressive - blood starts flowing freely and I just calmly walk off to put a band-aid on it.If you're using the nail as a weapon, then you might want it longer. In any other case, you want it shorter.
For example, I did NOT follow the rules about clipping your nails. At my school, most people are barefoot but you can wear martial arts shoes with proper approval. I did a throw on a guy wearing shoes, my toenail caught in the binding of his shoe and ripped half my toenail off.
And it leads to the question, from an information-transfer perspective: where do we stop talking about the fist, and start talking about the punch?I just want to say that I really appreciate all of the input. 3 pages of questions just on the fist. I'm guessing that each question could have at least a 5 paragraph response provided that it wasn't one of those rabbit hole questions that leads multiple aspects related to the questions. If anything this clearly shows that there's more to a fist than balling up the hand.
It definitely gives a lot to work with.
lol. my head just exploded. How many pages of punch questions do you think we'll get. I'm going to go with a minimum of 10And it leads to the question, from an information-transfer perspective: where do we stop talking about the fist, and start talking about the punch?
Some of this, at least, could be tested. I wonder if any studies of similar methods have been done. A strengthening method I have recommended (but don't so much anymore, for logistical reasons) I got from an article Tiger Woods wrote (or maybe it was an interview article - in any case, it came from Woods): place an open newspaper on the table, put your hand in the middle, and scrunch up one page at a time. It's far harder than I expected, and clearly a good workout (as with any strength exercise, you can "feel" it). What I don't know is if it's efficient, building the right musculature (it seems to be), or better than squeezing a grip trainer...or using that rice bucket.Does sports style hand conditioning do anything at all?
How would we really know.
To be honest I don't know where to begin with the punch. There are so many mechanics that can be used in a punch. Do we start at the legs, hips, waists, shoulders arms, rising punches? sinking punches, angled punches..Well, we already started getting some that were getting closer to the punch. I figured that was the natural progression.
I'm oddly non-denominational with punches. I tend to combine and shift among a few different models without really seeing a boundary. All the variations I've been introduced to just feel like the same thing, with slightly different emphasis. That either means I'm a genius, or that I don't understand any of them all that well - I'm still trying to figure out which.To be honest I don't know where to begin with the punch. There are so many mechanics that can be used in a punch. Do we start at the legs, hips, waists, shoulders arms, rising punches? sinking punches, angled punches..
I'll let you handle the punch lol. . I have some writing and editing to do It's already a quite a bit of information. I have 4 pages just on one fist and that's before I read any of the fist questions.