The practice of martial arts. How, what, where, when, why.

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Martial arts for building self confidence

I am a heavy built 180 pound 6 feet 2 inches guy. The problem however is that I have very little self confidence in my own health and strength. I catch colds easily, and can't eat all types of foods, ...
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How can one practice well alone?

I started learning a martial art about 5 years ago, and I did it for 2 years. I very liked it, however I had to stop. I didn't want to lose what I've already learned, so I kept practicing. Alone. ...
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How should a college club train for MMA?

I'm planning on starting an marital arts club at my college as a student group. My main idea is that myself and others who are trained in different martial arts disciplines (striking, grappling, ...
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Grappling training for a striker

I've trained in Chun Kuk Do for years (still pursuing my black belt) and I want to cross train with grappling as to be balanced for real-world combat. My current goal is to get my black belt in this ...
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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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Strength training for a mixed martial arts beginner

I am starting MMA. Which excersises would be best to get my physical strength up to the levels of people doing MMA for years or experienced in MMA?
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Légion étrangère close combat system

What is the system of close combat taught in the Légion étrangère? How did it evolve during the history of the Légion?
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Training while exhausted

In martial art circles, we often hear that training while exhausted (or tiered) will improve your technique. The one I heard was that it will force one to stop all extraneous movement and do the ...
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Tips for faster recovery after training

Sometimes after a hard Thai Boxing class for example containing long heavy-bag sessions or sparring (usually something consisting of intervals with explosive motions) I still feel tired or exhausted ...
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How do I determine which pieces of wood I can safely attempt to break with my fist?

I've seen demonstrations with martial artists breaking various objects, including what looked like broom handles. I assume that the broom handles were either specially modified or otherwise selected ...
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Are martial arts helpful in dealing with pain from a sedentary lifestyle?

I am a research scholar and I have to dedicate a lot of time everyday in front of the computer. This leads to pain in my knees and shoulder. I consulted with doctors and they suggested me some ...
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How can I continue to train with a broken big toe?

I have recently managed to break my left big toe in training. Because there is a competition in 5 weeks, which I need to attend and perform well, I need experienced advice on: What exercises I can ...
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Martial arts with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)?

Recently I was told by my doctor that I have a fully torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and I've been told to stay away from karate (specifically Shorinji-Ryu Karate-Do Renshinkan) for the time ...
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What to look for in a training/mock gun?

There are a lot of different options out there in guns to use in martial arts training, including wood, plastic, rubber, and with various degrees of realism. I know from working with knives that the ...
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Are any Martial Arts Reality Shows/Documentaries useful to watch?

There are a number of Martial Arts-related documentaries and reality TV shows (Human Weapon, Fight Quest, Fight Science, Kill Arman, Deadliest Warrior...) from the last few years, but I have my doubts ...
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How can I quickly regain focus during class?

Occasionally I will get (inwardly) frustrated during class, usually when I cannot seem to make heads or tails of an advanced technique. After class I'll work with a senior student to practice the ...
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Endurance problems while practicing martial art

I have been attending krav-maga lessons (twice a week) for two years and always had low endurance. After every lesson I feel exhausted a little more. My stamina improved since I started but I still ...
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Transitioning between similar arts

When moving from rapier to Hapkido, there was a lot that transferred and very little that interfered. Range, positioning, and most of the footwork transferred along with the mental aspects, and the ...
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Livehand Locks for Training Purposes

One set of techniques that my dojang doesn't practice much with, but that I have seen in several other Hapkido sources (mostly "lightning patch" groups), are live hand variations on locks. ...
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Aikido Forward Roll

How to do safely a Aikido front roll from standing position and from jumping ? What are the key point to be careful for avoid injury like shoulder dislocation ? What are other injury that can happen ...
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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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How do you take Notes on techniques you've learnt in class?

For those of you who takes notes or keep a MA diary. What kinds of things do you write down? Do you try and document each technique into a "database" of technique notes? or do you document each ...
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How does a non-grappler train to be ready to avoid grappling in a real-world situation?

I train in non-grappling arts. I have a reasonable amount of experience with this. However, I'm not sure how I would deal with an untrained opponent coming to grapple with me -- or someone whose ...
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What can I do to improve my squat for judo throws during randori?

I am 6 foot 2 inches and weigh about 90Kg - I find it very difficult during randori to get a full turn in for (for example) O Goshi. My instructors are always telling me that I need to get lower and ...
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Do martial arts instructors also seek fitness instruction certifications?

I suffered a heart attack right after Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training last year, and as a result I have been paying much more attention to my health. I've trained in martial arts on and off for years, ...
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How long should it take to gain fighting proficiency in tai chi?

I hear it commonly said that internal arts such as tai chi require a significant amount of time to become proficient. If undertaking the study of tai chi, without necessarily having prior experience ...
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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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How useful is a grappling dummy, when you don't have a live training partner available?

There is no substitute for a live training partner, but sometimes a training partner just isn't available and drilling is an important part of training for groundwork grappling. For those times I ...
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How can I practice shooting for a combat situation?

I realize that it's impossible to simulate a combat situation. But I think that shooting at target practice is wildly different from shooting under duress when lives are on the line. How can someone ...
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What's the recommended way to deal with an injured hamstring while still practicing?

Periodically, we all experience a hamstring issue, such as a pulled, ripped or torn hamstring. In relation to my current issue (a pulled hamstring in the left leg), I would like to continue practicing ...
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What is a good training scheme for kendo?

I want to pick up my kendo but I'm afraid I'm a bit out of shape. Does anyone know a good training scheme to get into shape and be ready by September (5 - 6 months)?
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Bad boxing club or wrong idea of the sport?

I have done a boxing-for-starters class in a nearby club and after that joined the club for the regular training. As I really enjoyed the sport and got into sparring the fun faded because my sparring ...
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How can I deal with the impressive number of charlatan teachers in Italy?

Since I was young, martial arts have triggered my interest, and lately I attended some "try one for free" lessons in various gyms in my town. I come from a competitive level in a totally different ...
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Does it help to use shorter breaks during training than during competition?

I know a boxing trainer who insists that, when training for a fight with one-minute breaks between rounds, it will give you an edge conditionally over your opponent to use only 30-second breaks during ...
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How effective is practicing a martial art strictly outside of a dojo for beginners?

My girlfriend has expressed interest in learning one of the martial arts I practice with me, but when she has come to a class she has been very self-concious about being new and inexperienced (I've ...
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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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How helpful is it to film yourself during training and analyze videos after training?

While most of the gyms and dojos where I've trained so far had mirrors to help you work on your technique I think videos are underused. In my opinion, taking a video of e.g. a sparring session or ...
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Established “curriculum” for MMA?

I'm basically asking for an established MMA "curriculum". By that, I mean a way of training students for mixed martial arts that has been applied successfully by a significant number of schools. The ...
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Are students with disabilities tested differently?

I don't use testing when I teach; I observe and promote when students are ready (hopefully avoiding various observer effects). That said, I judge individuals based on their individual capabilities and ...
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How to meditate after an adrenaline rush or exertion?

I always find it difficult to concentrate and empty my mind when I have just had argument with someone or have done very tough physical training. What are good pre-meditation techniques to find the ...
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What martial art should I start with?

Young male, not looking for anything specific, but I am a huge fan of MMA in general. (not just the UFC/SF) What would be a good beginner martial art for both fitness and relevancy to watching ...
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How does one mentally push past pain in training?

Big part of my training is maintaining control of your body even though I feel physical pain. There are usually two situations, in physical pain while still having energy to fight, and in physical ...
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How can one maintain or rekindle discipline and passion in martial arts?

As I understand you have to have passion for path you choose when learning martial art. And it is life long process. BUT I have met people who's passion dwindled and they no longer had heart in ...
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What methods are effective for increasing co-ordination on dual handed techniques?

I have recently begun practicing escrima, and I find it difficult to simultaneously wield two sticks while keeping co-ordination and rhythm. Are there some drills I could do on my own to improve my ...
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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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What is a good mat system for home MMA training?

I practice in WCMA and BJJ, which means I can spend a fair amount of time on the ground working on flows, take downs, clinches, locks, etc. I've been looking around for a decent mat system that I can ...
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How do I keep the bo staff from moving off centre as I train in twirling it?

I'm practicing Yuan-style Tai-Chi, and I'm having difficulty keeping the bo staff from moving off centre as I twirl it - I consistently find my hold slightly to one end or another after a series of ...
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Training Body Reading Without Sparring

When I did rapier, with some emphasis on sparring as well as structured drills, one of the things you got very good at was reading the other person's tells. Some of which were things that could be ...
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Drills for reducing your natural “flinch” reaction

When going into a longsword bind, or getting hit as part of a Kata, I tend to flinch visibly and shut my eyes. What are some exercises I can do, solo or with a partner, to help me keep my eyes open?
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Lowering heart rate at will

I train archery as part of my martial arts training. What is the best way to lower or control heart rate before taking shot? Assuming I have been doing activity that raised it. I know just waiting for ...