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Xand_Man
Mar 2, 2004

If what you say is true
Wutang might be dangerous




slidebite posted:

For you guys that travel, have you ever tried just calling up/dropping by a club of your affiliated sport to see if you could drop in for a class? If so, what was the response/reception?

I know we've hosted a couple "strangers" from time to time and everyone has been super friendly to them as far as I know, but not sure if that's a common occurrence or not?

Also, got rid of my universal gym because I never use it and bought a heavy bag and stand. The stand has studs for plates. Any idea what I'll need for weight for plates? Or, do you see a downside to just using a few sandbags or something draped over the legs?


I've done sandbags then switched to weights. Even fully weighted down the stand will move a little bit and that will start to rip up the sandbags; cleaning a sand blowout off mats is not fun. If budget is an issue try wrap the sandbags in an outer layer of canvas or something, but otherwise just go for weights.

Personally I'd go for the weight of the bag on each peg but google says 75% works ok.

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Xand_Man
Mar 2, 2004

If what you say is true
Wutang might be dangerous




kimbo305 posted:

Nevertheless I think it's a real downside to sparring how reflexively we stop and relax immediately when a partner holds up a hand because their shinguard is rotated 90deg after a kick catch attempt. Incredibly unsporting, but I'm sure you could draw that kind of deescalation just by holding up your hand and making a "hold up" face during a real fight. You see it frequently enough when fighters put their hands to a poked eye.

This is the punchsports equivalent of a war crime

Xand_Man
Mar 2, 2004

If what you say is true
Wutang might be dangerous




Jack B Nimble posted:

Regarding sparring habits, I don't wanna be too humorous, but I think the skills you gain from training are going to vastly outweigh any conditioned responses from sparring etiquette.

Like, regular rear end dudes can't control their reaction to a one - two, and that's way worse than me not internalizing the cobra kai mantra.

Edit: oh, i don't know what glib means, I looked it up.

I'm being glib, yeah, but also serious. It's basically attacking under a false flag of truce; I had a visceral reaction to the idea.

Xand_Man
Mar 2, 2004

If what you say is true
Wutang might be dangerous




Thirteen Orphans posted:

I’m trying to get my kicks back and I have a physiological question. Which is a more efficient sequence of training for getting better leg flexibility: 1. Warm up, stretching, kicking training or 2. Warm up, kicking training, then stretching.

VVV yeah what the Doctor said

Xand_Man fucked around with this message at 02:57 on Jul 22, 2020

Xand_Man
Mar 2, 2004

If what you say is true
Wutang might be dangerous




rjderouin posted:

Going to finally replace my BJJ Gi I have been using for 9 years. Thousands of loads of laundry and death grips have tattered it. Anyone have any interesting ways I can display it? Maybe shadow box or something like that?

I shred old workout gear and stuff my heavy bag with it

The circle of life

Xand_Man
Mar 2, 2004

If what you say is true
Wutang might be dangerous




Xguard86 posted:

Key advantage of wraps is when you put them on you feel like a loving savage.



For real I find that putting on wraps helps me mentally shift into "workout mode". It's the focusing ritual of applying them, the tiny impediment of making it more awkward to mess around my phone or laptop, and a clear constant visual/kinesthetic reminder that it's rear end-Beating Time.

Even if they didn't have real physical protective benefit (I think they do) they keep me safer by signposting that it's not time to gently caress Around and I need to focus on what I'm doing.

(I couldn't find any randomized double blind studies but I did find a physician's report that called for longer wraps to be the competition standard so at least fight docs think they help )

Xand_Man fucked around with this message at 02:49 on Mar 13, 2021

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Xand_Man
Mar 2, 2004

If what you say is true
Wutang might be dangerous




Perpetual disclaimer: Boxing gloves protect your hands, they do not effectively protect your sparring partner. A full force punch at a hard target ( like a human skull) can easily break the puncher's hand. Padding the hands means you can punch much harder.

If yall are doing serious full contact, I'd suggest investing in some headgear.

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