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Why do martial artists “shout” in the execution of a technique?

When I see people doing forms, participate in competitions, or break blocks of concrete or wood with their hands, they are always vocally expressive in what they are about to do. What names do this ...
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Good exercises for higher side kicks?

I've been training martial arts for several years but still aren't impressed by the height of my side kicks. I think its a combination of strength and stretching since I can use my hands to lift my ...
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How do I increase my wrist strength for punching?

When I throw a punch, sometimes my wrist doesn't stay straight and I run the risk of spraining it. What kind of exercises can I do to strengthen my wrists so that my wrist isn't going to bend when I ...
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How does Bartitsu's “foot hook with a cane” technique work?

Bartitsu is the British Gentleman's MMA. And one of the self-defense sequences, pictured underneath, involves hooking the opponent's foot with your cane and pulling his legs apart. I've found one ...
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Going up on the ball of the foot for a front snap kick

This may be getting into technical minutia, but it's something that's been bugging me since I first came across it. I've seen multiple different views (as one might expect) for the position of the ...
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Should I train differently to spar guys who are bigger than me?

I am a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I have a few tournaments coming up and I am training in my sparring techniques. I am 12 years old with 2 national sparring championships (and on the ...
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Avoiding breath lockups

I am beginner at aikido and when I train, for some reason I tend to hold my breath when I should be exhaling. Mostly during falls and techniques where I'm nage. Is there a way to get rid of this bad ...
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What is the strategic difference between Krav Maga and Systema?

What are the general tactics of Krav Maga as opposed to Systema? For instance, the tactics of Silat are to hurt the other person so badly they can't hurt back. Another example would be that the ...
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What's the real difference between Ikkyo omote and Nikkyo omote?

In some variations, such as kata tori and gyaku hamni katatedori, ikkyo and nikkyo techniques are very similary, pretty much equal, but for the ending pin. What is then, the real difference between, ...
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How can one practice spear-hand strikes, while still knowing you got the technique right?

One of the techniques in many martial arts is a spear hand strikes, where you make your hand rigid and thrust into the opponent. There are a couple of different variations, e.g., in hapkido we have a ...
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What does it mean to “uproot” someone in tai chi?

What does it mean to "uproot" someone in tai chi? What do tai chi practitioners mean when they use this word? I can tell there's a specific meaning to this jargon, but can't identify it. I see the ...
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Where can I find statistics on attack modalities?

I'm not sure that the terms I'm using are standard, or that I'm explaining them well. Comments and feedback are welcome. Let me try to explain my terms, explain my assumption and then ask a question. ...
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Official Term/Good Reference for Hapkido Advanced Basics

In my school we teach, at around the 5th kup level, a series of "advanced basics" that involve taking the seven sets and doing them in a push-pull motion while moving. An example might be doing a ...
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What's the physics behind checking kicks?

What's the reasoning behind checking kicks? Is it true that it's supposed to hurt the kicker when his kicks are checked? The third law of motion dictates that both the kicker and the checker should ...
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Self defense with one hand tied behind back?

I'm completely new to martial arts. I would like to know if there are techniques that can be used in self-defense if you had one hand tied behind your back or in the case you lose your hand?
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Pivoting for a kick

While in training, it is advised to pivot on your foot when going in for a kick (such as a side or round-house kick), so that your foot is facing as much in the opposite direction as possible. The ...
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Terminology: List of all boxing and muay thai technique terms with example photos

I'm looking to put together a list of all the technique terms for: boxing, muay thai. Such as the names for all the different punches, kicks, knees, elbow punches, etc... Anyone know if there is a ...
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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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Relaxation Techniques

On training I hear all the time the world "relax" and "loose your self" etc. From what I have see you must be relax to do anything, from martial arts to dancing, to talk. So my question is very ...
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what is the proper way to punch in krav maga? what are the benefits of punching without wrist rotation?

I've been attending a few Krav Maga classes at a MMA gym. Recently, I was told (by another student) that the proper way to punch would be with the thumb knuckle facing up for the the three basic ...
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How do I improve my jumping technique for jumping maneuvers?

Many martial arts (taekwondo and karate being the most obvious examples) incorporate powerful jumping maneuvers as part of the standard set of techniques practiced within the art. Many of these ...
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What's the difference between Iaijutsu and Iaido?

For what I've been found, this two arts have some similarities, but I can't fully understand it, this is pretty much the definition of each. Iaido: The art of sword drawing. All katas begin and end ...
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Can Forms (Kata/Poomsae/etc.) or Techniques (Waza) be practiced on the ground?

A lot of non-sport-related martial arts, in my experience, seem to limit ground technique to getting back to the feet in an effective and quick manner. While I don't disagree that being on your feet ...
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How much can I improve my punching precision? How?

I'm not yet strong enough in the legs to talk about precision, so I'll stick to punches. Firstly, what is the upper limit of precise punches, how precise can I get them to be? Within millimeters of ...
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Endurance vs. Technique in Boxing

I recently got in a debate with a friend; both of us do boxing, although he's been doing it for longer apparently. He seems to think endurance is far more important than technique, whereas I argue ...
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In which situations in Muay Thai is the 'super man' punch used and why is it more effective than the normal 'cross punch'?

The superman punch seems to be a powerful technique in Muay Thai. I have had it used on me many times by a guy who likes it. It breaks through my guard frequently from the sheer force and momentum ...
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How does one better execute kick then punch combos when the legs are significantly longer than the arms?

I'm one of those tall, lanky people whose legs are much longer than their arms. While this is often advantageous in Taekwondo, our style attempts to integrate punches and kicks. While leading with a ...
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“Rules” for weight distribution per FOOT (not leg, foot) for any given stance/intent?

I train in Taekwon-do (1st Dan Instructor) and ninjutsu (Beginner) and I had an interesting insight/question arise from my ninjutsu Instructor (which is why I picked up the second art): In ninjutsu's ...
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Adapting karate to stage combat

When doing stage combat, safety is a large part of it. All strikes do not hit or are exaggerated, and many of the more intense moves are controlled by the victim. What would be a good approach to ...
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What techniques exist for blocking knees in a clinch?

During the clinch or just prior to the clinch the opponent very often throws knees to the torso area. I am not considering whether the opponent has managed to pull the head down for knees to head. ...
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What are the differences in a knockout from the liver versus the head?

What is the difference in the physiological mechanics for a knockout caused by an impact to the head and a knockout caused by an impact to the liver?
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how to perform a reverse punch?

Where I used to train, I was taught a reverse punch was performed with the opposite fist to the forward leg, while stepping forwards. So, for example, if I stepped forwards into a left hand front ...
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How much should the torso and shoulders rotate when throwing a powerful cross in Muay Thai?

When throwing a cross to the opponent to strike with maximum power I understand that the whole body must work in supporting the hand/elbow/shoulder and torso to move behind the punch as much as ...
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From how low should the fist in an uppercut start from in Muay Thai?

When punching or throwing a strike in Muay Thai, I have heard that the punch should not be 'telegraphed'; meaning that the opponent should not be able to understand what you are going to do. When ...
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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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Proper form for tae kwon do spinning side kicks

I have just reached green-yellow belt in tae kwon do, and my instructors say that I need to work on my spinning side kicks. Unfortunately I have trouble getting the form right, so I usually end up ...
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How to avoid recoiling when someone pushes you?

What parts of the body should be trained? How to be ready for a hard push?
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Why can't I bring my knees up fast enough to block low kicks in Muay Thai?

When I spar, I see/notice/become aware of the kick slightly after the foot has left the floor on a path towards my shin or my thigh. According to what I know (which is may be limited, so please ...
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Slashing vs thrusting (bladed weapon vs pointed weapon)

It seems slashing is much more powerful than thrusting, and thus, much more useful. Is there any technique to enhance power of a thrusting attack to the level of a powerful blow? If not, what is the ...
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When is a good time to throw a body punch in Muay Thai?

In Muay Thai sparring, most of the times when I go to throw a body punch it is because I see the defences of the head being too tight for a throw towards the head. The result of those attempts is ...
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Is grabbing or manipulating the nose potentially an effective attack?

I was reading through the TV Tropes entry on Nose Nabbing. They have a few entries on grabbing the nose as an offensive maneuver. Of course, noses are good areas to provoke pain and tearing as anyone ...
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Preferring BJJ concepts over Technique?

Kit Dale wrote an article about BJJ concepts. He states that he prefers to learn general principles/concepts over specific techniques: Instead of cluttering up the hard drive of your ‘jiu-jitsu ...
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What techniques would be effective in Zero Graivty? [closed]

a friend of mine named his BJJ club "Zero Gravity". It got me thinking, what would be effective techniques if you actually were in zero gravity? To me, things like striking and kicking don't seem ...
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Rising Block or High Block stylistic question

My Tang Soo Do instructor has us execute high blocks by continuing the forearm motion at the elbow past the ending position that I believe is traditionally accepted. We end the block with the arm ...
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What is Jason Bourne's fighting style called

What fighting style does the character 'Jason Bourne' played by Matt Damon in the 'Bourne Series' use?
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Which techniques are available in Muay Thai for blocking/avoiding a high roundhouse kick to the head?

In Muay Thai, when an opponent delivers a roundhouse kick to your head, what options are available as a defense or counter measure? I have seen blocking it with the arm on the side of the head in the ...
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Is there any IWUF-compliant material of Wushu techniques and forms for reference?

I'm looking for a reliable book, website or document that I can use for reference to study each technique specification, and memorize each compulsory Wushu form defined by IWUF. For Changquan and/or ...
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Will Power Training affect your grappling skills?

Will Power Training affect your grapple skills if you combine it with BJJ or another grapple art? Many say it's better to focus on BJJ, instead of combining it with Power Training. They say you will ...
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Can Karate/Hand Chops be lethal?

I always see on movies people using Hand Chops. I know that this can be lethal to the neck, but does it serve any other purposes?
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Straight punch to the head and knockout

When performing a straigh punch (left or right) to the head what is the better target for maximise the chance of knockout ?