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Developing Aggression May. 23rd, 2009 @ 10:10 pm
davidlurie
My personality is very laid back and non aggressive. Frankly, it's hard for me to find my aggressive, fighting core, and I am looking for ways to learn to tap into that. (My instructor is always saying things like, "Don't ask him if he's alright! I want to see you hit that guy!") One way I've learned to bring out my fighting energy is to listen to high-energy aggressive music when I train. I have two questions for you all:

1) How have you learned to "flip the switch" and generate a fighting aggression within you?

2) What do you listen to when you train?

Here are some high-energy aggressive tunes I've used in my training.Collapse )

Who is going? Apr. 7th, 2009 @ 09:15 pm
cryptkeeper84




I will be there.
ITF Taekwondo.

Two questions on hand gear Dec. 2nd, 2008 @ 09:53 am
davidlurie
Question 1: What do you do to maintain your hand gear? What steps do you take to keep them from getting nasty and smelly over time?

Question 2: I've reached the point where I need to buy a pair of 16 oz. boxing gloves. What's the difference between a pair costing $25 and a pair costing $70? Should I go cheap or are there compelling reasons to spend more?

Stacey Nemour's New Splits & Kung Fu DVDs Oct. 27th, 2008 @ 02:05 pm
sallysipper
Hey People,

I just downloaded Stacey Nemour's new instructional DVDs from these widget on her site. They're awesome!!!

Secrets of Splits & Flexibility: “Preparing your mind and body to perform at its optimum level is fundamental to any sport. I produced ‘Secrets of Splits & Flexibility’ to help renowned martial artists and world-class athletes reach their full potential and achieve the success they desire. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, young or old, these exercises will help and challenge you. They will give you a firm foundation as you embark on your journey to be "the best that you can be."

Anytime, Anywhere Kung-Fu: “In this DVD, I will show you the fundamental skills to develop a solid foundation to build on, including stance work, punching, and kicking techniques. To further refine your skills, I incorporate punching with light weights and kicking drills to lock in proper technique, while increasing your strength and fitness. I round off the workout with a short, but effective meditation. From start to finish, you will find it challenging and rewarding.

You can share this with your friends too!! Just grab the code from the widget itself (below).

Hope you likey!!! I'll let you know if I find any more cool DVDs for download....Any suggestions from you????

SS :~)




Current Mood: accomplished

hand/foot wraps Aug. 11th, 2008 @ 02:51 pm
davidlurie
I've been watching the Olympic judo matches. Very cool. What is the purpose of the wraps/tape I occasionally see on players' hands or feet?

And why do boxers wrap their hands?
Other entries
» Front punch striking surface
After a punching drill without hand protection I noticed I lost the first layer of skin from my second knuckle, indicating (at least to my untrained eyes) that I was favoring that knuckle on impact. I asked my instructor about the "correct" striking surface for a front punch and he said that I should impact the first two knuckles equally. However, Lawrence Kane writes, "connect with only your first two knuckles (80 percent impact on the first knuckle)," in Fighter's Fact Book 2.

So which is it, favor the first knuckle or strike with both equally? Or is this a philosophical difference or difference of strategy?
» Introduction
1. What is your name/age/location?
Simeon/23/Wellington - New Zealand

2. What dojo (if any)?
Muay Thai Institute formerly known as VUW kickboxing

3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?

Muay thai, I have found nothing better for strengthening my mind, body, and spirit.
The people i train with are great.

4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'?

I'm pretty decent at reading and reacting. Good with my legs.

5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?

Compete

6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby?

Its not what I do, its what I am.

7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?

Yes

8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts?

rossboxing.com
» Introduction
1. What is your name/age/location?
Alina/ 26/ Sakhalin Island, Russia

2. What dojo (if any)?
Sakhalin Kumdo Club

3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?
Kumdo. It's been so many years since I've decided to practice kumdo (before I actually had that opportunity) that I don't remember any more. Does it really matter?))

4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'?
I'm a fast learner and sometimes I even surprise my teacher. There can be two reasons of this: yoga, zhoung yuan qigong and some other disciplines I've practiced before + I really like it

5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?
No. I've just started. It's been 3 or 4 month.

6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby?
8. There are other things that are important but it's more than just a hobby, yet my best hobby ever. I'd say it's part of my path.

7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?
The area is not really crowded so I guess I already know nearly every other kumdo fighter. But if there are any loners they all welcomed to join our club.
I would also like to study Capoeira, but in our area there are no such schools.

8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts?
For Russian speakers I'd suggested visiting our Sakhalin Kumdo Club site.
» Two things
Two very vague questions...

Thing 1: I am very new (2.5 weeks in) to martial arts. Something that really surprised me is how uncoordinated I am and how difficult I am finding it to execute even the most elementary techniques. The first day I couldn't even punch with the correct hand! I am told that this is learnable, that after awhile one feels less like a total goober. The question is, how long did it take you to achieve some semblance of coordination and control?

Thing 2: How does one deliberately learn control?
» My real intro
Hi all.

Listen, someone somehow distracted me when I was half asleep, and while I'm happy to be a member, I don't appreciate having someone post an abismal post under my name, so here's my real intro to the group:


1. What is your name/age/location?

Just call my my user name/23/Alaska


2. What dojo (if any)?

None: Independent study


3. What arts do you do? What made you choose this art(s)?

Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Southern Five Animals. My preferances lean towards Chinese Martial Arts styles, and I've been interested in Five Animals style. Plus, I have some basic training in Northern Shaolin.

Also, I'm studying Twin Dao/Broadsword, Jian/Straightsword, Nunchaku, throwing blades, and am looking at fan and hookswords. These are all weapons I felt some kind of draw to the moment I saw them.


4. Is there something specific about your abilities that sets you apart from the rest? What would you consider your 'signature'?

None really, but I tend to mess with people's heads as a defense technique (seriously, it's necessary to survive with the people that surround me)


5. Do you have any belts? Do you compete?

No, maybe once I can find an actual school to study at.


6. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your enthusiasm? Is it your life, your sport, your job or your hobby?

9. I refuse to give up Kung Fu for any reason, even an injury.


7. Are you interested in meeting people in your area to spar/train/practice/play?

I would, but I know by now there's noone in my town.

8. Any particular website you would suggest people visit for information on martial arts?

Sorry, I've got none.
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