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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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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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Practicing Mixed Martial Arts Versus Practicing One Specific Form of Martial Arts

I have never practiced any form of martial arts nor do I have any knowledge of the different forms of martial arts. I'm considering joining a mixed martial arts gym, however I wonder about what are ...
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Training multiple arts at the same time.

Is it possible to effectively train in two (or perhaps even more) martial arts/combat sports at the same time? What are ways to minimize concerns like technique and muscle memory confusion? Does it ...
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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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Arch support and martial arts shoes

I have a collapsed arch in one of my feet that makes repeated jumping or low-stance work quite painful. Some instructors are not fond of students wearing shoes (even if designed for martial arts use) ...
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Reducing Soreness?

I have been doing martial arts (kickboxing/BJJ) for 3 months now. In that time frame, I have worked up my body from going from 2 days to 3 days a week. I want to work up to 4/5 days a week, with a ...
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What kind of punching bag should I get?

So I work ridiculous hours that prevent me from going regularly to take martial arts lessons. That said, I've always been very interested in them, and when I was younger I did take some Judo lessons. ...
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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 martial arts in china

Has anyone got experience with Kung Fu / Tai Chi /… camps in china? I would like to visit one to fulfil a childhood dream. But it is not so easy to find information which camp (there are thousands ...
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Problem with more senior club member

I sometimes have to lead classes in my club. Most of the members will do what I say but there are one or two members more senior than me who will almost always go off on a tangent and not listen to me ...
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Should I quit competitive sparring class in tae kwon do?

I'm a 14 year old girl that has her second poom in WTF tae kwon do and has been doing competitive sparring class for 2 years. Originally I joined because I wanted to try and make nationals, but though ...
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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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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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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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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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Is the way US military academies teach boxing atypical with respect to concussions?

The New York Times published a story about concussions from boxing at US military academies, where apparently boxing is a required course for all male students. For more than a century, boxing ...
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BJJ- Gym training that is beneficial (specific to BJJ)?

Just got my first stripe on my white belt today! I am looking to supplement my bjj training with weights approx 2x a week. I am already quite experienced in the gym as I have weight trained ...
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Choice of a sword for HEMA

Recently I joined a HEMA club and I was told that I should get my own equipment. I can take my time; some people spend more than a year getting fully equipped. But there are times when there are not ...
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Can there be too much training?

My oldest son (19) teaches and trains BJJ 6 days a week. He teaches and takes morning, afternoon and evening classes, plus trains MMA, does fitness training and is currently learning some boxing. My ...
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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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Drills for training agility - cross art

I'm trying to shake up both my training and my teaching a bit, as I think I've gotten a bit "stale" in both. I want to incorporate various drills and exercises to work on agility, foot work and ...
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How a woman can teach martial art for men?

It's an honest question. I'm a black belt woman and I have only women in my class. I'd love to understand what happens with them or why men feel uncomfortable with the idea of taking martial arts ...
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Best martial art for someone with bad elbow?

I have the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in one of my elbows. My other arm is fine and everything else is fine. What martial arts could I practise without excessive strain on the elbows? EDIT: The ...
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how to use o2 mask to training martial arts

Recently I have seen the number of people using O2 masks for training increase a lot. Many of than just use the mask and do the same traditional training as before. I don't believe this is the way to ...
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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 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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How to improve speed, strength and condition for Kyokushin karate?

I'm practicing Kyokushin karate, however I want to develop some muscle (weight training), speed and conditioning (punching tree, training shins too). And then there are the katas, very important. ...
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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 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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How can I improve my technique in Judo?

When I'm in randori, the technique that I mostly do that works nicely is Harai Goshi, but I'm starting to get countered since I do it often. When I try to do something like Seoi Nage, I can never seem ...
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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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Dobok absorbs sweat

This might not be a technical martial arts question, but it is somehow related to Taekwon-do, so please bear with me. I am a bulky person, and I sweat a lot. Especially when in training, I sweat so ...
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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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Are there viable ways to simulate the body reactions to a punch landed to the face?

I'll have my first (real) Muay Thai fight soon and I was wondering about Mike Tyson's famous quote: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." Actually, I find this quote very ...
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Do you take supplements like protein when you train in Martial Arts?

I've just begin training in Judo but I strength train independently. After gym workouts, I drink a protein drink to help with recovery and muscle growth. Does anyone else take protein or any other ...
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Seeing improvements when training alone?

I've been actively practising Tae-Kwon-Do for some years, but I had to stop recently for several reasons. I'd like to try and maintain my skills, so I keep on training at home from time to time. I'm ...
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Continuously exhaling while attacking or blocking

I had conversation with one of the advanced students in our dojo and he strongly suggested when I'm blocking (being uke) I should take one deep breath before I attack the nage and as soon as I have ...
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Switching to non dominant side stance

I am practicing SCA swordfighting and have started to try to train to fight with the sword in my non dominant hand. So far I find retrain my entire body mechanics. What is the best way to develop ...
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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 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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When training spinning kicks, is it more important to prioritize control or height?

I am tremendously out of shape and out of practice, but I would like to get back to practicing Capoeira. Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow me to attend local classes, so I will have to train ...
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Counting Calories when Training for TKD Tournament

I'm training for a TKD tournament. My Master is a very big proponent of counting calories, but I don't want to eat too little when I'm training intensely for the rest of the year. I obviously don't ...
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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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Good excercises to reduce the amount of pain in your palm/fingers when hitting with open palm?

For someone untrained, if you hit a human body with open palm (think slapping or spanking type hit), the hitter usually discovers that it hurts the surface of his palm and bottoms of fingers ...
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Value of private lessons for beginners (submission wrestling)

I am new to wrestling, and I am considering getting into submission wrestling. The question I have is, how valuable are private lessons versus regular classes as a beginner? Can I, assuming a good ...
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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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I have full dentures top and bottom… should I fit my mouthguard to my dentures or directly to my gums?

I'm not sure what to do in this situation, but i definitely don't want my dentures to break!
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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 ...