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Post by jediwarrior on Sun Apr 06, 2008 2:52 am

do you think size is important in martial arts? i know for the olympics the wushu demo team are all 5`2 ( dont quote me ) and all weight around a set weight. This is so they all look the same and all the movements are equal. Dont matter how good they are if they are taller or smaller or lighter or heavier they all have to-be exact in every way.
so do you think size matters

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Post by Merlyn on Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:41 am

I think we all say that size and sex doesn;t matter when training.....

But the truth of it is a 7stone woman is not gonna compete with a 16 stone man.

So I think size does matter.

I have often heard the saying that a skilled smaller man will defeat an unskilled bigger man.

Experience has taught me that this is only true if the smaller man is very skilled and the bigger man is very unskilled LOL
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Post by jediwarrior on Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:44 pm

good point and sometime it the smaller man who is faster

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Post by matt.k.f.s on Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:43 am

well i'm 6'4 in and 18st , i have been tapped out on the ground by smaller and lighter , but in stand up range will usually give the taller ( longer limbed) person an advantage .

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Post by Merlyn on Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:50 pm

Thats a good point.

I have trained with people that were much faster throwing hands than me. I often wonder if you sacrifice power for speed.

I train extensivly with japanese weapons. I recently watched a demo from th Shaolin Monks (was on telly). It was very impressive, until I watched it in slow motion. It would seem that these guys sacrificed not getting hit for speed.

When watched in slow motion you could see the weapon bouncing off them, that would have caused serious injury if they were 'live' weapons.

But to be far, it is presented as a Marital Experience, so I suppose people were getting exaclty what they anted and it wasn;t for cynical old farts like me LOL
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Post by matt.k.f.s on Sat Apr 12, 2008 12:20 am

i'm clocking about 12.2 strikes per second at 18st ( well 17st'4 at the mo)
i think in training it's a myth about size and speed , i have no trouble with speed or power , the problem is when it comes to joints , i have really long arms ( yep really long ) , if i'm on my back in gaurd , and someone pulls a arm bar , it is harder to resist with longer arms , they have greater leverage.
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Post by Merlyn on Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:40 am

I think it;s horses for courses Very Happy

You can;t really compare the Ju Tai (Grappling) to the Daken Tai (Striking)

I can hit a ton, but I am probably very slow. I am much happier throwing people around than hitting them Twisted Evil I think the fastest I can throw is probably 3 or 4 a second.....if that.

Never liked a stand up fight, far to unpredictable for my liking LOL. Much rather have hands on people and feel excatly where they plan on going Surprised
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Post by Prof. Akers on Thu May 15, 2008 8:08 pm

There used to be a big debate about Bruce Lee and how was (or wasn't). The then world heavyweight full contact champion was Joe Lewis (not that one, another Joe) and Joe did challenge Bruce to a fight, in public, in California - any place, any rules/no rules was the challenge.
As Joe said in an article 'I'm 6' 2" weigh 200lbs, he's 5'3" and weighs 120lbs, who do you think is going to win."
Needless to say Bruce never took him up.
Best guy I saw live was Arthur O'Louhglan from S. Yorks. but would he have beaten Joe? - very doubtfull.
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Post by Prof. Akers on Sun May 18, 2008 10:24 pm

If you want to watch Joe Lewis & Bill Wallace in action copy the link.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=J-bjRT3NQUI
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Post by Tatakai on Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:03 am

I'm 6-1 and a shade under 20 stones, great hand speed but due to very heavy legs slow kick. So yes it is horses for courses( dray horse in my case!!)
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Post by Merlyn on Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:55 am

might be slow...but at 20 stone I wouldn;t want to be on the end of it LOL ;-)
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Post by jediwarrior on Sun Jun 08, 2008 9:51 pm

I`m 5`1 and i think im ok wish i was taller so not to be at such a disadvantage against you taller lot

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