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Does ninjutsu qualify as a martial art?

I have often heard that yes it does, and no it does not. The fact is that densho (transmission scrolls) do exist detailing the skills used in war and defense, including hand to hand combat. Does this ...
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Has Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu been recognized as a form of Jiu-Jitsu in Japan?

In North America, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practice and instruction is quite different from what is found in schools of Jiu-Jitsu that describe themselves as Japanese. Are the two martial arts still ...
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Are Aikido movies on the internet helpful for beginners?

My Aikido teacher advised us (I'm in a beginners group) not to study Aikido movies on youtube, at least not until we get our black belts. He said that's because there are different Aikido styles and ...
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Blocking with a katana blade

Are there any school/style of Japanese swordsmanship that teach blocking (a parry or deflect is fine as long as there is contact between them) incoming attacks with the sharp edge of the blade of a ...
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What are the differences between ITF and WTF Tae-Kwondo?

My kids currently train under UKTF, which follows ITF guidelines and techniques. Will this cause problems if they move to a WTF trainer? They aren't quite at black belt yet, so I'm hoping that if they ...
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Western Boxing Styles and their Features

What are some major (widespread) styles of western boxing and what are the features of these styles? I am not talking about styles in the sense of "in-fighter", "out-fighter", "brawler", etc... ...
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What is the cause for Northern and Southern Chinese kung fu differences?

When I hear anyone talk about a specific Chinese martial art, it falls into either a Northern Chinese or Souther Chinese style. I have learned that the general differences between the Northern and ...
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What is the Most Effective Discipline to Learn for Absolute Beginners

I am a Marine myself and between extensive combat experience, close quarter, and hand to hand, I am well versed in a variety of disciplines. For me this comes naturally. Now that being said, I am ...
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Are Systema and Pankration similar to each other?

Is Systema a modern version of Pankration? The ancient style is very loose in the rules. Except that for Systema, there are weapons included, it is also quite loose in restrictions and practical for ...
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If Karate is supposed to be way of the empty-handed, then why does Gosoku-ryū use weapon katas?

I searched up different styles, and I say this style called Gosoku-ryū that has 46 katas including weapon katas. Why would there be katas involving weapons for a style of karate which is an art of the ...
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What are the different ways of controlling the feet during a jab punch in boxing?

For the jab I see on videos and from others a few different techniques for the jab punch (leading arm facing the opponent). There is one style which lifts slightly the forward foot while the arm ...
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Name That Kempo Style

Trying to remember the name of a kempo style I did as a child. It had the 7 star blocking pattern as a white belt sequence. It was a five animal (tiger, leopard, crane, snake, dragon) style. Each ...
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How does the Karate Styles Shotokan and Gōjū-ryū compare to each other?

I am specifically asking this in the sense of how Katas are executed. I heard somewhere that Shotokan is more stiff, and strong, but I'm not really sure. I'd also like to know if there are ...
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Is a triple-sworded style viable against one or dual wielding sword oppenents?

I was wondering if using three swords with the third in your mouth would be effective against anyone else with a sword. I'd think so, because you could parry their attacks, and then slice them with ...