So, another season is nearly upon us, and it's high time to give our brain cells the workout they also deserve!
@Damer was kind enough to leave me the floor for this one (even though his benevolent presence should be felt floating around), and even though I can't claim the same credibility on a competitive level, I guess have enough years of practice under my belt to answer whatever questions you guys may have on the topic.
A few pieces of info before we proceed:
- I have a black belt in ninpo-taijutsu with nearly ten years of regular practice. Which, depending on how you train and who you train with, may mean a lot... or very little. What I mostly mean by that is that my "field of expertise" rather leans towards traditional martial arts. But I'm also interested in self-defense and combat sports (especially MMA).
- "AMA" means "Ask Me Anything" and I will answer every single question to the best of my knowledge. I'm very much aware that the field we're dealing with contains few undisputable truths, and my answers aim at being informed and honest rather than set in stone. At the very least, we will have some enlightening discussions and compare points of view, which can never be harmful as long as it's done respectfully.
- Do not worry if I don't always answer you immediately - I'd rather give myself the time to research a subject a little than feed you generic keyboard-warrior wisdom. But this thread will remain open for three weeks, until June 22nd, which means we'll have plenty of time for some fruitful exchanges.
Now hit me with everything you've got!