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by jbn
Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 46637

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

echoechoecho wrote:I signed up to this forum to make this very important observation.

Is that pizza guy holding the pizza SIDEWAYS?!


Yes he is. Do you think a porn actor actually has any knowledge of the correct way to deliver pizza?
by jbn
Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I'm not convinced about the military/self defense use of either striking sport. Striking someone with your fist in a real situation has a decent risk of breaking your hand. Elbows are all well and good but you really aren't ready for strikes to the groin, headbutts or whatever. I imagine you could e...
by jbn
Sun Jun 14, 2009 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I find that most competitive arts fighters are pretty positive about their art which I find understandable. I try to balance myself as I don't consider Muay Thai the end-all martial art. You didn't really start anything as much as made me feel a need to clarify my view on full contact sports and spa...
by jbn
Sun Jun 14, 2009 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I'm not the least bit worried about punches to the head in sparring actually. Full-contact striking sports should not use full contact while sparring, it's a recipe for disasters and wounded fighters. Full strength on pads and bags, technique and limited power on your sparring partners. Their safety...
by jbn
Sat Jun 13, 2009 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I've heard a lot of talk about shin conditioning in MT, kicking banana trees and whatnot. But the actual competitors I've heard from say that blocking kicks with your shins still hurt and kicking a good block still hurts. You just get fairly good at ignoring it. Maybe really active pros really get n...
by jbn
Sat Jun 13, 2009 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I can personally recommend Muay Thai. But then again, I'm from a sane club where the women are awesomely hardcore and the guys are whipped by the instructors to behave like people rather than 200-pound boys. I've gotten more bruises from holding pads for kicks (a hard kick might hit through a worn p...
by jbn
Tue May 19, 2009 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

That's an awesome question. I know precious little about karate, I hope someone who does gives you what you need. I guess you could do some research at Bullshido http://www.bullshido.org/Karate . Their encyclopedia tends to have pretty decent info from what I've seen. You might be able to find quite...
by jbn
Sun May 17, 2009 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

*Muay Thai looks up, a bit offended* "Hey, I'm also a time-honored traditional art .. based around hurting another person rather badly. I'm still traditional and very much an art, thank you very much. And admit it, you like my elbows." --- Soon there will be a summer break in my Muay Thai-...
by jbn
Sat May 09, 2009 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How do you stay fit?
Replies: 18
Views: 3227

Re: How do you stay fit?

I do martial arts, Muay Thai specifically. It has a good mix of strength and endurance. I try to work out a bit outside of practice but I always manage a minimum of two practice-sessions every week, more if I can squeeze it into my schedule. Then again, I'm not trying to drop weight, I'm trying to g...
by jbn
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Do not underestimate the coolness-factor of MA in getting people to pick it up (it's like underestimating the power of Playstation, for some reason that's inherently something you should not do). Other aspects of MA generally keep beginners coming back. But picking up som kind of Kung Fu or whatever...
by jbn
Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I don't really feel the need to distinguish between martial artist and combat athlete as the term used for MA in swedish is 'kampsport', more or less 'combatsport'. The term for a practitioner tends to be 'kampsportare' roughly equivalent to 'being a combatsporter'. In english conversation I'd happi...
by jbn
Tue Mar 31, 2009 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Do any of you who keep an eye on this thread (or any others dropping in) compete within your martial art? How do you feel about competing? Experiences? Just curious since I'm considering getting into shape for competition during the summer.
by jbn
Sun Mar 22, 2009 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I'm not surprised that there is more versatility on offer among TKD-clubs. The stereotype is "nothing but kicks" and the kicks are obviously a stylistic center of TKD as a sport but stereotypes aren't necessarily built from a correct perception of how things really are.
by jbn
Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Fist strikes would be punches. I'm sure fighting a skilled TKD-fighter can be a painful experience, especially as there are rather unusual kicks that you're unlikely to be ready for. The general idea seems to be that a TKD-fighter would get his ass handed to him by another serious fighter with a mor...
by jbn
Sat Mar 21, 2009 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I can sympathise with the general concept. It's pure genius to not get hit ;)
by jbn
Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Not sure how well Aikido defends a kick to the balls (what untrained women most likely would use) or a kick to the shins (what an untrained child is likely to use) so I'm not certain if it's particularly effective against these groups of people. Since I know precious little of Aikido I'm not even co...
by jbn
Sat Mar 21, 2009 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

0range wrote:No, I was just taking the obligatory swipe at aikido. Maybe it was weaker than I thought though (the swipe).


I figured that was the intention.. It turned out a bit vague but you get points for effort.
by jbn
Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Belly/Leg Fat
Replies: 5
Views: 1190

Re: Belly/Leg Fat

Depending on your weight I imagine you might get a more firm belly if you build some additional muscle there. This might not burn fat as much as just shape things up. I'd say sit-ups or crunches for the belly and perhaps squats for the legs. But this is building muscle, burning fat would mean cardio...
by jbn
Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Had a special Muay Thai sparring-session under competition-like circumstances (full equipment, ring, judge but no winner chosen) last weekend. It was an absolutely fantastic experience. Might be a bit sore in places but after resting up a few minutes afterwards I'd have wanted to go at it again, sad...
by jbn
Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I imagine the dislike of offensive moves comes from a preference for self-defence or a personal dislike for anything aggressive/offensive. Feel free to clarify if I'm misinterpreting you. I don't believe for example Muay Thai complicates the basic strikes, there are plenty of different strikes but t...
by jbn
Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

You can have shiny fabric, sequins, tassels, assorted frills and random thai words, or even your name, written across the front. The more colour the better you obviously are, right?
by jbn
Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

In Muay Thai you simply buy fancier shorts to prove that your cooler and thus a better fighter, than everyone else. Then again, we generally aren't hassled with questions about belts because people seem to have that stuff figured out. "Yeah, that's like kickboxing right." "Close enoug...
by jbn
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Well my school is apparently even more hard-ass, regardless how hard I train I won't get a belt! Oh.. Wait, you were all talking karate? Ah well.. Maybe I should get a black belt from E-bay and wear it to MT-practice and see the respect one can win from being a black belt Muay Thaika. (Note: Totally...
by jbn
Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

That seems a bit odd to me as TKD means kicking with the foot. Well, I guess it works. But yeah, BJJ wouldn't mean as much wear on your bare feet. I think it might be a combination of dry skin and increased wear on the feet. When you get enough dead skin it might just dry up and crack, my calluses h...
by jbn
Tue Mar 10, 2009 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Everyone in our class practices bare-footed and I've noticed the hardening effect as well but I haven't experienced those cracks. I seem to recall my mother got them from dry skin/age or something and used to treat them with a file or footbaths but I'm a bit fuzzy on whether it actually helped. Do y...
by jbn
Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I guess it's quite possible to catch a sidekick if you know what your doing, a good sidestep or backstep would seem a good starting point. The only kicks we really practice grabbing are roundkicks, we mostly deflect frontkicks/pushkicks by pushing them to one side and there's rarely any sidekicks in...
by jbn
Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge
Replies: 144
Views: 16002

Re: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge

Going to start this over with better form as I got sick, then had a rough time in my personal life which messed me up enough to put the plan aside. Will probably pick it back up pretty soon. The results have been good at any rate since I can push myself a lot more in practice when it comes to push-u...
by jbn
Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Taking charge of my health, finally
Replies: 27
Views: 3388

Re: Taking charge of my health, finally

It's hard to give dietary recommendations to someone with such a seemingly complicated medical situation so I think you better talk to professionals about that part. Eating healthy is one of the most important things about health. As for exercise, it sounds like you've got a bunch of ideas of things...
by jbn
Mon Mar 02, 2009 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I would claim that the pants are also a very much valid reason to practice aikido. Any occasion which warrants those pants is a good occasion. Fun and fitness seem to me the generally best reasons for practicing martial arts. I tend to appreciate the way it makes me focus in my daily life as well, n...
by jbn
Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Isn't aikido the martial art with the wicked pants? I'd like a pair. Any martial arts which uses sufficiently cool stuff is fine in my book ;)
by jbn
Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I can live with offending the inner language snobs of other people. As long as my own is pleased. Muay Thaika would be as correct as Taekwondoka and it seems to have a provocative effect. So it just might be worth using when I feel like being a bastard. All this posting about roundhouse kicks makes ...
by jbn
Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

The second video of the TKD roundhouse had a lot more similarities with the MT roundhouse. Still, they're executed quite differently and with different purposes. I would agree that with that kick the balancing is very similar. In MT you generally make an extra step before making a kick with your fro...
by jbn
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

The comparison of the two roundhouse kicks, MT and TKD, was interesting. Especially since I don't share your view of the comparison. In Muay Thai (which I'm familiar with as I practice it) it's clearly visible that the rotation of the hip drives the kick making for a rather heavy kick with a lot of ...
by jbn
Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Damn. Just mucked away a pretty decent post. So yeah, I was going to reply. But I've already written one, now it's gone and now I can't be arsed. It was something about street fights, clinch + elbows and the forehead as a good hard surface for striking. And also scientific rigour, or the lack Fight ...
by jbn
Wed Feb 18, 2009 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

I've read up on quite a bit of the Bullshido material, I'm just not active at the forum. This has made me develop some additional skepticism towards traditional martial arts. We do tend to believe that since it's cool it has to have the potential to be (devastatingly) effective. I'm a bit curious ab...
by jbn
Tue Feb 17, 2009 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Martial Arts Thread
Replies: 366
Views: 28208

Re: The Martial Arts Thread

Long and interesting post Team503 (curious name, that makes you wonder if the account is just one person or maybe, 5-10?). The only thing that I didn't agree with in some way was the part about introspection and reflection. I'm not sure I'd state that so thoroughly as western philosophy has relied o...
by jbn
Tue Feb 17, 2009 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The problem here is motivation
Replies: 84
Views: 8118

Re: The problem here is motivation

Cutting soda is an interesting challenge. I approach most motivational situations with a very can-do attitude. It doesn't originally stem from high self-esteem. I just always felt that I should be able to endure just about anything. I cut caffeine (not sodas in their entirety, just caffeine) and wit...
by jbn
Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge
Replies: 144
Views: 16002

Re: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge

Finished week 4, column 2, just barely and then I could do 35 when I tested myself. I have now gotten stuck with a cold and I'm considering doing week 4 again after getting out of it as I doubt I'll feel up to Week 5 shortly after this involuntary break. I really hate getting serious colds, the snot...
by jbn
Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: To make a language.
Replies: 42
Views: 3927

Re: To make a language.

This would be interesting to bring up with my teacher in linguistics. But he'd probably mishear the question, say something unrelated and return to the literature. He's a nice guy but even when dual-wielding hearing-aids he really doesn't pick up a lot of what we're saying. Constructing a language w...
by jbn
Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge
Replies: 144
Views: 16002

Re: One Hundred Push-ups Challenge

Just started week 4, day 1, column 2. Barely made the last set and the push-ups might not have been as deep as they should've been. I'll have to make up for that in Muay Thai-practice tomorrow. I blame being shock full of dinner for my poor result this evening.

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